December, 2019
Summer Scholars application period opens
Each year, the Materials Research Laboratory sponsors a Summer Research Internship Program. The program attracts some of the best science and engineering undergraduates from across the country to conduct graduate-level materials research. Students can select from a wide array of projects.

This year's Summer Scholar Internship Program will run from June 7 - August 8, 2020.

For more information about the internship program, please refer to the frequently asked questions .
  The application deadline is February 14, 2020!
Widening metal tolerance for hydrogels
Inspired by mussel byssal threads, MIT graduate student Seth Cazzell and Associate Professor Niels Holten-Andersen create self-healing hydrogels in a wider range of metal concentrations using competition and pH control. 
An "ideal” kagome metal electronic structure
Characteristic “sheriff star”-type pattern of the Fermi surface.
MIT researchers lead multinational effort to realize “ideal” kagome metal electronic structure in newly synthesized compound with one-to-one ratio of iron and tin atoms.

Experiments demonstrate the simultaneous emergence of Dirac fermions and flat bands near the Fermi energy. 
Overcoming scale-transition challenges
More than 50 students and professors from multiple departments and universities, and representatives from industry, participated in the third annual Alloy Design Workshop at MIT on Dec. 6, 2019. Discussions focused on enabling complex alloy design by understanding fundamental nano-scale mechanisms of plasticity and fracture mechanics.
Panelists discuss connections between research questions, approaches, and motivations.
Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining
Thomas Peacock (left) with graduate students Rohit Balasaheb Supekar (center) and Carlos Munoz Royo (right) aboard the RV Sally Ride. Image, John Freidah
Mining materials from the sea floor could help secure a low-carbon future, but researchers are racing to understand the environmental effects.

“As society moves toward driving more electric vehicles and utilizing renewable energy, there will be an increased demand for these minerals, to manufacture the batteries necessary to decarbonize the economy,” says Thomas Peacock, professor of mechanical engineering and director of MIT’s Environmental Dynamics Lab.
Making buildings from industrial waste
Following a successful project creating bricks from pulp plant waste in northern India, MIT Atlantic Richfield Associate Professor of Energy Studies  Elsa Olivetti is looking for ways to repurpose slag produced by the metals industry.

Associate Professor, Elsa Olivetti

In Other News
Event Calendar

  • Festival of Learning, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., MIT Building 5, Room 134. There will be a tribute to Woodie Flowers. Registration is required and will open in early January. 

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