How spider webs achieve their strength
February 2, 2012It’s not just the strength of the silk itself, a new study finds; the silk’s way of stretching and the structure of the whole web help it resist damage.
Need a new material? New tool can help
December 20, 2011Exhaustive reference system and interactive toolkit could revolutionize materials research, potentially enabling new types of manufacturing.
Research update: Sharpening the lines
December 14, 2011New advance could lead to even smaller features in the constant quest for more compact, faster microchips.
Two MIT PhD graduates win 2011 Hertz Foundation thesis prizes
December 2, 2011
Chu: New materials could be transformative
December 1, 2011Citing historical examples, U.S. secretary of energy argues that the nation can still regain its manufacturing leadership.
The new NSE strategy
November 29, 2011Strengthens core, opens boundaries; seeks better integration of technical and societal issues.
Important step toward computing with light
November 23, 2011Research at MIT produces long-sought component to allow complete optical circuits on silicon chips.
Highly efficient oxygen catalyst found
October 28, 2011New catalyst, made of inexpensive and abundant materials, could prove useful in rechargeable batteries and hydrogen-fuel production.
DOW-MIT Access Program shows reality and rewards of graduate school
October 17, 2011Weekend of activities introduces undergrads to opportunities in chemical engineering, chemistry and materials science.
Bristly particles could be boon for powerplants
October 17, 2011Multi-scale material may have applications in heat transfer, potentially helping powerplants be more efficient.
Everybody’s a winner
October 7, 2011Automatic window-shading invention tops a strong field of entries in materials competition.
Schuh appointed head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
September 26, 2011Replaces interim department head Carl Thompson.