February 2021
Summer Scholars Applications Now Being Accepted
Each year for 9 weeks during the summer, the MIT Materials Research Laboratory and the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center sponsor a summer research internship program for rising junior and senior undergraduates in the science and engineering fields. Students can select from a wide array of projects available.

This year the Undergraduate Research Program is currently planned to be hosted virtually and the program will run from June 9 - August 13, 2021.
For more information about the internship program, please refer to the frequently asked questions.
The application deadline is March 15, 2021.
New "metalens" shifts focus without tilting or moving
A new MIT-fabricated metalens shifts focus without tilting, shifting, or otherwise moving. The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles.

Photo courtesy of the researchers
The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles.
MIT engineers have fabricated a tunable “metalens” that can focus on objects at multiple depths, without changes to its physical position or shape. The lens is made not of solid glass but of a transparent “phase-changing” material that, after heating, can rearrange its atomic structure and thereby change the way the material interacts with light.
Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material
This image shows perovskite photovoltaics in the background with individual perovskite crystals shown as the colorful units.

Image: CUBE3D Graphic
Reducing internal losses could pave the way to low-cost perovskite-based photovoltaics that match silicon cells’ output.
Perovskites are a leading candidate for eventually replacing silicon as the material of choice for solar panels. They offer the potential for low-cost, low-temperature manufacturing of ultrathin, lightweight flexible cells, but so far their efficiency at converting sunlight to electricity has lagged behind that of silicon and some other alternatives.
Nanowire could provide a stable, easy-to-make superconducting transistor
MIT researchers are developing a superconducting nanowire, which could enable more efficient superconducting electronics.

Image: Christine Daniloff, MIT
Inspired by decades-old MIT research, the new technology could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics.
Superconductors — materials that conduct electricity without resistance — are remarkable. They provide a macroscopic glimpse into quantum phenomena, which are usually observable only at the atomic level. Beyond their physical peculiarity, superconductors are also useful. They’re found in medical imaging, quantum computers, and cameras used with telescopes.
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