February , 2020
Transient invaders can transform an ecosystem
MIT physicists have shown that introducing a transient invader into a stable population of co-existing bacteria types can provoke the system to switch from one kind of bacteria dominating to an alternative stable state, in which a different bacteria dominates.
A new way to control infrared light
Phase-change pixels modulate light on 8-inch wafer. Nicole Fandel image.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers, together with Associate Prof. Juejun Hu and graduate students from MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, are devising a way to control infrared light by using phase-change materials instead of moving parts. These materials change their optical properties when energy is added to them.
A material with tunable insulating properties
Researchers at MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed an insulating material whose ability to conduct heat can be tuned by applying a voltage.
SENSE.nano awards seed grants
SENSE.nano received substantial interest in its 2019 call for proposals which made for stiff competition. David Sella photo.
SENSE.nano at MIT awarded two $75,000 seed grants in optoelectronics and interactive manufacturing for research on detecting movement in molecules and monitoring machine health. 
In Other News
The MIT.nano building that is  located in the heart of the MIT campus. Wilson Architects photo.
Event Calendar
  • DMSE Metal Arts Lecture Series: “Resonance: Keizo Myochin.” Master blacksmith Keizo Myochin will discuss the traditional smelting of tamahagane (jewel steel), 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mon., March 2, 2020, in Building 32, Room 123.

  • Polymers and Soft Matter Seminar: Prof. Sarah Heilshorn, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University,  3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Wed., March 11, 2020, in Building 56, Room 114.

  • Materials Science and Engineering Seminar: "Phase Transformations of Nanoscale Systems Using In Situ TEM," Prof. Judy Cha, Yale University, Thurs., March 19, 2020, 4 to 5 p.m., in Building 6, Room 104 (Chipman Room).

  • MIT ILP Autonomy 2020 Conference: Vehicles, Manufacturing, and Platform Technologies, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wed., April 8, and 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thurs., April 9, 2020, Media Lab, Building E14, 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA 02139. Registration required.

  • 2020 MIT Startup Exchange Workshop: Sustainable Materials Innovation, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wed., April 22, 2020, in MIT/ILP Industry Meeting Center (IMC), 1 Main St., 12th floor, Cambridge, Mass. Registration required.


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