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Program Highlights for year 2014

Conducting Highways are Created on the Surface of Magnetic Topological Insulators

Research

Topological insulators (TIs) are a novel class of quantum materials characterized by an insulating bulk and metallic conducting states at the surface. This metallic behavior however, can be changed by applying a magnetic field or, equivalently, by coupling the TI to a ferromagnetic material.

(2014)

Thermal Conductivity in an Oxide Material Can be Controlled by Manipulating Oxygen Defects

Research

The thermal properties of oxides are of interest for a number of important applications, including thermoelectrics, thermal barrier coatings, memristors, and fuel cells. MIT MRSEC researchers demonstrated, for the first time, the controllable impact of oxygen defects on the thermal conductivity of a reducible oxide.

(2014)

Science Image Specialist Felice Frankel Teaches Masterclasses on the Visual Communication of Materials Science and Engineering

Education

Nearly 300 postdoctoral researchers and graduate students attended masterclasses on the visual communication of materials science and engineering between October 2013 and January 2014.

(2014)

Observation of Majorana fermions in a ferromagnetic chains on a superconductor

Research

Topological superconductors are a distinct form of matter that is predicted to host boundary Majorana fermions. These quasi-particles are the emergent condensed matter analogs of the putative elementary spin-1/2 particles originally proposed by Ettore Majorana in the 1930’s with the intriguing property of being their own

(2014)

Immucor Acquires Sentilus for Microarray-Based Diagnostics Technology

Industry

Immucor, Inc., a global leader in transfusion and transplantation diagnostics, has acquired Sentilus, Inc., a company focused on developing a novel, inkjet-printed antibody microarray-based technology called Femtoarrays™.

(2014)

Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal Becomes a Reality

Research

Terminator 2 is widely remembered for its metal shape-shifting villain. Impervious to bullets, explosives, and fire, theT-1000 robot was capable of changing shape at will. Researchers at the North Carolina State University have taken a step towards making science fiction a reality by developing a technique for controlling the surface tension of liquid metals using very low voltages.

(2014)

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