November, 2018
ILP R&D highlight
Opportunities for materials innovation abound
An era of rapid evolution of structures and devices driven by new capabilities in machine learning, nanoscale experiments, and economic modeling is unfolding, MIT materials researchers revealed during annual Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) Research and Development Conference on Nov. 15, 2018.

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America CEO Yoel Fink holds up a cloth that communicates with light.
Better superconductors
Medical MRIs, high-power microwave generators, superconducting magnetic energy storage units, and solenoids in nuclear fusion reactors all rely on superconducting materials to carry and store large electric currents without wasting large amounts of energy. Assistant Professor of Physics Riccardo Comin seeks to improve these materials.

Assistant Professor of Physics Riccardo Comin, left, and physics grad student Abraham L. Levitan.
In other news
MIT engineers fly first-ever plane
with no moving parts

Instead of propellers or turbines, the light aircraft is powered by an “ionic wind.” 
Event Calendar
  • Chez Pierre Seminar: “Tunable Mott insulator and superconductivity in trilayer graphene/boron nitride superlattices,” Prof. Feng Wang, University of California, Berkeley, MIT Duboc Rm, 4-331, 12–1 pm, Mon., Dec. 3, 2018.

  • Materials Seminar: “Will solid-state batteries compete with liquid-based Li-ion technology?” Prof. Jeff Sakamoto, University of Michigan, Rm 66-110, 3:30–4:30 pm, Tues., Dec. 4, 2018.

  • MIT Special Seminar: “Recent Liquid State and Solid State NMR Investigations of Beyond Lithium Ion Electrolytes,” Prof. Steve Greenbaum, Hunter College, CUNY, MIT, Rm 3-333, 10–11 am, Wed., Dec. 5, 2018.

  • Chez Pierre Seminar: “Quantum Hall Effect and Tunneling in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Heterostructures,” Prof. Emanuel Tutuc, University of Texas, Austin, MIT Duboc Rm, 4-331, 12–1 pm, Mon., Dec. 10, 2018.
  • MIT Glass Lab's 2018 Holiday Sale, MIT Lobby 10, 10 am–8 pm, Mon., Dec. 10, and 10 am–5 pm, Tues., Dec. 11, 2018. 

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