October, 2018
Nanoscale surprise
PhD student Ashley Kaiser grew these incredibly strong carbon nanotubes that have a diameter of about 10,000 times smaller than a human hair. Here, millions of CNTs were grown as an aligned “forest,” soaked with liquid, then dried into a “Boo” pattern. Image, Ashley L. Kaiser, MIT.

Dual states of matter
MIT condensed matter physicist Pablo Jarillo-Herrero showed the first single material that can switch between two different states of matter – topological insulator and superconductor.
Materials Day 2018 recap
Solving a multi-million dollar problem
New electron microscopy techniques can help solve corrosion problems that are worth millions of dollars to industrial companies, BP Amoco Chemical Company Senior Research Chemist Dr. Matthew Kulzick said.
Improving materials from the nanoscale up
Powerful new combinations of X-rays, electrical probes and analytical computing are Improving materials from the nanoscale up. Assistant Professor C. Cem Taşan is developing new steel alloys.
Poster Session Winners 
Sixty students and postdocs presented their posters in La Sala de Puerto on October 10, 2018. Of those, 20 gave two-minute poster previews during the Materials Day Symposium immediately before the Poster Session.
Winners are [left to right] graduate students Vera Schroeder, Rachel C. Kurchin, Gerald J. Wang and Philipp Simons, and Postdoctoral Associate Mikhail Y. Shalaginov.
In Other News
Helping blood cells regenerate after radiation therapy
MIT materials scientist and biological engineer Krystyn Van Vliet has devised a way to help blood cells regenerate faster after radiation therapy. 
Inexpensive chip-based device
may transform spectrometry
A new advance by MIT materials scientist Juejun Hu could make it possible to produce tiny, inexpensive spectrometers that are just as accurate and powerful as large ones with six-figure price tags.
Event Calendar

  • Seminar: “Polymer Genome: An Informatics Platform for Rational Polymer Dielectrics Design and Beyond,” Prof. Rampi Ramprasad, Georgia Institute of Technology, MIT Rm 66-110, 3:30 pm-4:30 pm, Tues., Nov. 13, 2018.

  • 2018 MIT Research and Development Conference “Accelerating Big Impact Innovations,” various campus locations, 7:30 am-5 pm, Wed., Nov 14, 8 am-3 pm, and Thurs., Nov. 15, 2018. 

  • Chez Pierre Seminar: Peter Abbamonte, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Condensed Matter Physics, MIT Duboc Rm, 4-331,12 pm - 1 pm, Mon., Nov. 19, 2018.

  • 2018 MRS Fall Meeting, Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel, Boston, Sun.-Fri., Nov. 25-30, 2018.

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