New type of electrolyte could enhance supercapacitor performance

Novel class of “ionic liquids” may store more energy than conventional electrolytes — with less risk of catching fire.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering energy-storage renewable-energy batteries mit-energy-initiative

Lowering emissions without breaking the bank

New research provides a look at how India could meet its climate targets while maintaining economic growth

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | July 31, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

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Getting more heat out of sunlight

Material developed at MIT can passively capture solar heat for home heating or industrial applications.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | July 1, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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3Q: Yet-Ming Chiang on reopening the case of cold fusion

The materials science and engineering professor is part of a multi-institution effort to investigate the possibility of cold fusion in a scientifically rigorous way.

Rachel Kemper | Department of Materials Science and Engineering | May 27, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research 3-questions fusion nuclear-science-and-engineering alternative-energy renewable-energy energy nuclear-power-and-reactors physics school-of-engineering

Ambient plant illumination could light the way for greener buildings

Collaboration between MIT architect and chemical engineer could be at the center of new sustainable infrastructure for buildings.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent | May 9, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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Thermodynamic insights could lead to better catalysts

Experiments and analyses show how electrons and protons get together on an electrode surface.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | May 2, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Breakthrough in boiling

High-fidelity simulations by MIT nuclear researchers point the way to optimizing heat transfer in current and next-generation reactors.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering | April 22, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: school-of-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering mechanical-engineering energy nuclear-power-and-reactors research alternative-energy renewable-energy

Tackling greenhouse gases

Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing technologies that store, capture, convert, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

Mary Beth O'Leary | Department of Mechanical Engineering | Jan. 7, 2019 | mit
~19 mins   

Tags: school-of-engineering mechanical-engineering carbon-dioxide energy energy-storage environment global-warming greenhouse-gases manufacturing photovoltaics sustainability renewable-energy faculty research

On the right path to fusion energy

National Academies study recommends a pilot fusion energy program that aligns with MIT's fusion approach and SPARC project.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center | Dec. 21, 2018 | mit
~8 mins   

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