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Program Highlights

Coherent Flows in Confined 3D Active Isotropic Fluids

Navier-Stokes equations dictate that the conventional fluid flows only in response to an externally imposed gradient in stress or a body force. We developed a novel active fluid that is comprised of microtubules and energy consuming molecular motors kinesin.

(2017)

Directing Actin Polymerization to Membranes

Biological membranes are deformed and shaped by proteins that assemble into higher-order scaffolds. These scaffolds target the force-generating polymerization of actin filaments to deform and shape the membrane.

(2017)

RET Inspires Research Collaboration Between Middle School Students and MIT Research Group

Education

The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program at the MIT MRSEC immerses local science teachers in materials research on campus to increase their content knowledge, and develop pedagogical material for their classroom use.

(2017)

Materials Deficient in Oxygen Show Promise in Magnetically Controlled Optical Devices

Research

MIT MRSEC researchers, have created both polycrystalline and single-crystal films of iron-substituted metal oxides that show room temperature magnetism and magneto-optical properties depending on the oxygen pressure at which the films are grown and their resultant oxygen composition.

(2017)

Using Light to Control the Viscoelastic Mechanical Properties of Gel-Like Materials

Research

MIT MRSEC researchers have developed stimuli-responsive hydrogel materials that can change their mechanical properties upon exposure to light. Insights generated from these studies will aid in the development of programmable hydrogels with specific stress-relaxing or energy-dissipating properties.

(2017)

Tuning the Stability of Electronic Defects in Semiconducting Oxides

Research

MIT MRSEC researchers have demonstrated that the combined action of temperature and mechanical stress can tune the relative stability of electronic defects in semiconducting oxides.

(2017)

Stretchable Spinal Cord Probes Offer New Tools to Study the Nervous System

Research

Intellectual Merit: Currently neurological and neuromuscular disorders such as spinal cord injuries and Parkinson’s disease are poorly understood.  A impediment to advances in this area is a lack of materials and devices that would allow for precise long-term two-way communication with groups of neurons (nerve cells) in the body.

(2017)

Leveraging MRSEC Equipment Purchases

Facilities

Leveraged upgrades to Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (S/TEM) and Focused Ion Beam System (FIB) include Gas-phase Environmental TEM, 3D EDS tomography (S/TEM), and others. 

(2017)

Synthesis of a Family of 2D Coordination Polymers using Hexaaminobenzene as the Building Block

Research

Since the discovery of Graphene, there has been a significant interest in the search of new 2D materials which would show similar interesting properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity, superconductivity, and topological gap.

(2017)

“Optical Detection of Transverse Spin-Seebeck Effect in Permalloy Films using Sagnac Interferometer Microscopy”

Research

The field of spintronics, which involves the design of novel electronic devices that utilize the spin of electrons, requires researchers to develop a robust source of spin-polarized currents to fuel future technology. 

(2017)

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