System provides cooling with no electricity

Passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away. David Chandler | MIT News OfficeOctober 30, 2019 Imagine a device that can sit outside under blazing sunlight on a clear day, and without using any power cool things down by more than 23 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees […]

MADMEC teams address plastic waste problem with materials science

Finalists presented an alternative to nondegradable plastics, and an additive to help plastics decompose. Zach Winn | MIT News OfficeOctober 17, 2019 A team with a sustainable alternative to nondegradable plastic earned first place in this year’s MADMEC competition on Oct. 15. The ecoTrio team, made up of three MIT PhD students, took home the […]

A new way to corrosion-proof thin atomic sheets

Ultrathin coating could protect 2D materials from corrosion, enabling their use in optics and electronics. David L. Chandler | MIT News OfficeOctober 4, 2019 A variety of two-dimensional materials that have promising properties for optical, electronic, or optoelectronic applications have been held back by the fact that they quickly degrade when exposed to oxygen and […]