The startup Transaera is using a class of materials called metal organic frameworks, or MOFs, to create air conditioners that could have five times less impact on the climate when compared to traditional ACs. The startup Transaera is using a class of materials, advanced by MITProfessor Mircea Dinca for over a […]

Superconductivity is a complete loss of electrical resistance. Superconductors are not merely very good metals: it is a fundamentally different electronic state. In normal metals, electrons move individually, and they collide with defects and vibrations in the lattice. In superconductors, electrons are bound together by an attractive force, which allows […]

Rice University engineers designed and built windowpanes that redirect sunlight or illumination from indoors to edge-band solar cells. The central layer is a conjugated polymer that serves as a waveguide. Credit: Yilin Li/Rice University Rice engineers develop polymer cores that redirect light from any source to solar cells. Rice University […]

Scientists used both computers and microscopes to come up with a way to potentially boost the performance of devices to use the sun to split water and create hydrogen as a sustainable fuel. Credit: Illustration by Peter Allen Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering research could help make hydrogen useful, sustainable […]

Levitation of a magnet on top of a superconductor. Credit: Jubobroff, Fbouquet, LPS CC BY-SA 3.0 A new theory that could explain how unconventional superconductivity arises in a diverse set of compounds might never have happened if physicists Qimiao Si and Emilian Nica had chosen a different name for their […]

Artist’s representation of the nanoscopic structure of a new ferroelectric material developed by MIT researchers and colleagues. Blue and gold dots represent the boron and nitride atoms in two atomically thin sheets of boron nitride. Between these sheets are two layers of graphene; the whitish/blue dots represent carbon atoms. The […]

Credit: Daria Sokol/MIPT Press Office Dotty graphene and doping: Whatever it takes for Russia’s record plasmonics to shine. Physicists from MIPT and Vladimir State University, Russia, have achieved a nearly 90% efficiency converting light energy into surface waves on graphene. They relied on a laser-like energy conversion scheme and collective resonances. The […]

MIT researchers have designed small molecules that spontaneously form nanoribbons when water is added. These molecules include a Kevlar-inspired “aramid” domain in their design, in green, which fixes each molecule in place and leads to nanoribbons that are stronger than steel. Parts of the molecules attracted to or repulsed from […]

The morphing nozzle in action, 3D printing fiber-filled composite materials with on-demand control of fiber alignment for “4D printing. Credit: University of Maryland Engineers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have created a new shape-changing or “morphing” 3D printing nozzle that was featured as a Frontispiece in the January 5th […]

Engineers have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mix of bacteria and yeast similar to the “kombucha mother” used to ferment tea. Credit: Chenfu Hsing A symbiotic culture of specialized yeast and bacteria can generate tough materials able to perform a variety of functions. Engineers […]