Stories of Discovery & Innovation

2014

This image is a network graph—called a “minimum spanning tree”—showing the 7,410 DFT-predicted stable compounds from the Open Quantum Materials Database (OQMD) at the time the JOM article was completed.07.09.14Stories of Discovery & Innovation

From Human Genome to Materials “Genome”

Government initiative seeks to speed the pace of materials discovery and innovation. Read More »

Troy Van Voorhis, professor of chemistry (left), and Marc Baldo, professor of electrical engineering (right).05.27.14Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Getting More Electricity out of Solar Cells

New MIT model can guide design of solar cells that produce less waste heat, more useful current. Read More »

Photo shows wild type Arabidopsis, a plant with just the two Mediator mutations, a dwarf mutant with reduced lignin production, and a mutant with all three mutations, restored to wild-type size.04.30.14Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Squaring the Circle in Biofuels?

Researchers produce a new type of plant fiber that supports normal growth while easing the difficulties of conversion to fuel. Read More »

Researchers use a near-infrared microscope to read the output of carbon nanotube sensors embedded in an Arabidopsis thaliana plant.03.31.14Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Bionic Plants

Nanotechnology could turn shrubbery into supercharged energy producers. Read More »

A nanophotonic solar thermophotovoltaic device composed of an array of multi‑walled carbon nanotubes as the absorber, a one‑dimensional silicon/silicon dioxide photonic crystal as the emitter, and a 0.55 eV photovoltaic cell.01.27.14Stories of Discovery & Innovation

Harvesting the Sun’s Energy Through Heat as Well as Light

New approach developed at MIT could generate power from sunlight efficiently and on demand. Read More »