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Research Highlights

Physics World 2018 Breakthrough of the Year

Discovery of “magic-angle bilayer graphene” by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero and colleagues.

Sub-terahertz sensors to steer driverless cars

Ruonan Han’s receiver arrays will complement LIDAR.

Unleashing perovskites’ potential for solar cells

New recipe brings these materials closer to commercialization.

Harvesting Wi-Fi energy

Palacios group, researchers from MIT and elsewhere are bringing intelligence to every object around us.

Technique identifies electricity-producing bacteria

Microbes screened with a new microfluidic process might be used in power generation or environmental cleanup.

Controllable, fast, tiny magnetic bits

MIT researchers show how to make and drive nanoscale magnetic quasi-particles known as skyrmions for spintronic memory devices.

3-D printed tumor traps

3D printed microfluidic device simulates cancer treatment.

Terahertz laser for sensing and imaging outperforms predecessors

High-power, tunable design could be used for chemical detection in outer space, medical imaging, more.

Atomic Layer Etching used for the first time to fabricate record 3D transistors

Collaboration between del Alamo group and University of Colorado demonstrates potential of new atomic-level fabrication technique.

3D print head that works with unprecedented speed

New design pioneers melting and extruding renewable materials.

Cooling without power

Relies on passive heat emission of mid-infrared radiation.

See-through film rejects 70 percent of incoming solar heat

Material could be used to coat windows, save on air-conditioning costs.

First two-dimensional material that performs as both topological insulator and superconductor

Tungsten ditelluride-based transistor combines two different electronic states of matter.

New nanostructured surface becomes “omniphobic"

Novel surface design overcomes problem of condensation that bedeviled previous systems.

Controlled fracturing of graphene to produce synthetic cells

Technique from MIT could lead to tiny, self-powered devices for environmental, industrial, or medical monitoring.

Inexpensive chip-based device may transform spectrometry

Juejun Hu’s lab demonstrates new spectrometer utilizing all-electronic optical switches.

New technique to quickly harvest 2D materials brings them closer to...

Efficient method for making single-atom-thick, wafer-scale materials opens up opportunities in flexible electronics.

Stamp-sized graphene sheets riddled with holes could be boon for mo...

Fabrication technique could be integrated into manufacturing to make large-scale membranes.

Startup uses 3-D printing to reinvent the production of metal parts

With an MIT alumnus and four professors among its co-founders, Desktop Metal is pushing the boundaries of metal 3-D printing.

New approach makes sprayed droplets hit and stick to their targets

Using a simple mesh screen may allow farmers to dramatically reduce the amount of pesticides they spray.

A new way to remove ice buildup without power or chemicals

MIT researchers have developed a completely passive, solar-powered way of combating ice buildup.

Air pollution can put a dent in solar power

Tonio Buonassisi and colleagues calculate amount of sunlight absorbed or scattered by haze and its impact on solar panel power output. 

3D printing of colloidal crystals 

Technique could be used to scale-up self-assembled materials for use as optical sensors, color displays, and light-guided electronics.


Paving “one-way streets” for light inside photonic devices

Takina Fakhrul researches materials for optical isolators based on iron garnets.

Helping small science make big changes

Farnaz Niroui is exploring nanocale research from Mildred Dresselhaus’ former office.

Making AI more efficient

Song Han designs innovative algorithms and hardware systems based on his deep compression technique for machine learning.

Finding living inspirations for novel optics

Mathias Kolle takes clues from biology to create a broad spectrum of dynamic colorful materials.

Boosting battery performance

Ju Li advances energy storage for smartphones, cars, and the electrical grid.


MTL 2018 Annual Research Report available!

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survey 1of child centric education

My dream: everyone experiences Harrison Owen OpenSpace After%20the%20Rage.pdf

IF SCHOOLS were child centric they would make age relevant interventions:

if anyone is illiterate at age 6 it only takes 90 days to change that - best of all a literate kid can be main helper in 20 minute session - see sunita gandhi

finacial literacy would be practicsed from age 8 - see aflatoun ( works in 100 countries

from age 10 pre-teens would have access to pfysical and mental health studies designed peer to peer -see Lancet

no kid would leave primary school without knowing how open space meetings/teamwork is facilitated

teachers would be celebrated for clarifying which skills involve experiential learning not classroom examination - while there is some recognition that music and sports involve practice, its shocking that coding isnt valued this way ..


Do you have life-changing moment to share? - what was it and what did you think or do differently after it?

example until 9/11, i assumed that (good) futures are happening somewhere in the world and would be searched out so that all could communally replicate them;  === 9/11 caused me to question whether global connectivity will give us time to find sustainable solutions for our kids- i became particulaly interested in places where good education leaps appeared but did not get app'd the world over - one example actually goes back to my favorite 1990s advances in schools that a small cliuster of new zealand schools pioneered - download it here

i welcome discussion of this book's parts at any time rsvp if you have a solution every community that develops youth could be cooperational

in 1984our book with economist editors 2025report made the case for 40 year commitment to every child identifying own skils dashboard and maximising AI curation of this- we valued this as sustainability critical worldwide cooperation - we see no logic for changing this concern

== we live in an age where most up to half of knowhow of techforgood changes every 3 years - we needed mindsets for exploration not for being standard examined; a nation that makes its college students its largest debt class is likely to collapse economically socially environmentally if web3 is designed for celebrating sustainability cooperation; and if web3 is not designed for neough yout to linkin the first sustainability generation then we are all heading the way of the dodo

I am learn to learn  

TECH - What is IT? and which exponential multipliers most impact human and natural futures?

AI   >. silicon chip singularity (ie when one chip > one brain in pure analytical capacity) - science fictiion no moore

who programs the ai - the race to include lost voices eg girls- the world of statistics re=-examined like never before (eg previously mass statistics very weak at coding meaining from numbers)

Biotech  >> Affective science (loveq and emotional intelligence remains human's unique edge over artificials for at least 10 more years!)

Some people say that Virtual or Augmented Reality has advanced at its best so far in last 12 months that there are hardly any qualified teachers only pioneering explorers- does this matter - well its VR which is your gateway to web3 - intead of just a mobile device you will like wear  a visual sensor system; equally others argue that you shouldnt worry about how fast you put googles on - what you should want is to take back ownbership of what you spend time creating virually- look at the small print of the big platforms you probably dont own anything without them..maybe this is a generation issue bu interstingly the met-generation can now work on chnaging anything that old systems are destroying (eg climate) ...t 

 IOT which things will now have brains and be as mobile connected as you are

Crypto - can communities celebrate financiang their own most urgent sustainability cooperations? if they dont who wil?

Cyber >> Drone - opportunities and threats of public spaces- first in spaces like the arctic circle if we dont use drones we will get no warning before the big meltdown

-the mkist memorable western campus event i attended in 2010s was tufts colllaboratory summit convened mainly by arctic circle youth under 25; 

one of the main debates how to help teachers in arctic circle schools empower their students to use virtual reality to visit other arctic circles schools communities; many of the changes and solutions are analogous; I am reminded by educators leading the compilation of virtual realty libraries of the DICE acronym - a reen might want to do something dangerous like climb everest, why not VR simulate that? there are impossible things a trainee doctor will never be able to travel inside a humans gut but that can be VR'd; there are catastropghic simulations - you would rid the world of bees just to test if donald is wrong about nature being more powerful than he is, you can simulate it; or the future of smart tourism may be curation of what a community is proudest of being visited for - this way ecotourism, cultural appreciation exchanges can be twinned to maximise celebration of each other- and by the way friends of the tourist can join in virtually- of corse this raises a metaverse question - that Hong Kong is leading the world on

being 100% public - good and bad hacs- note context matters - context 1 smart city context 2 isolated vilalge no moore context 3 make a huge land safe at borders

3D printing aka additive engineering

Big Data Small by market tech sector Leapfrogging

Nano cf einstein - to innovate science model more micro


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