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Newsletter from the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Issue: August 2015
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Featured Story

Cambridge Electronics, an MTL Start-Up: Making the New Silicon

Gallium nitride electronics could drastically cut energy usage in data centers, consumer devices.

Recent Events

Photographs from MTL Graduation

June 5, 2015

MTL Day at Texas Instruments

August 20, 2015

Research Highlights

How to look for a few good catalysts

New research shows non-wetting surfaces promote chemical reaction rates.

Solving mysteries of conductivity in polymers

New instrument is small enough to function within a smartphone, enabling portable light analysis.

Chemists design a quantum-dot spectrometer

New instrument is small enough to function within a smartphone, enabling portable light analysis.

LiquiGlide slides into consumer space

Startup brings nonstick coating to consumer goods packaging in major licensing deal.

Toward tiny, solar-powered sensors

New ultralow-power circuit improves efficiency of energy harvesting to more than 80 percent.

Paper by Velasquez Group receives recognition by the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems

New ultralow-power circuit improves efficiency of energy harvesting to more than 80 percent.

Unlocking nanofibers' potential

A scanning electron micrograph of the new microfiber emitters, showing the arrays of rectangular columns etched into their sides. 

A new tool measures the distance between phonon collisions

Tabletop setup provides more nuanced picture of heat production in microelectronics.

Thin coating on condensers could make power plants more efficient

Graphene layer one atom thick could quadruple rate of condensation heat transfer in generating plants.

How to make continuous rolls of graphene

New manufacturing process could take exotic material out of the lab and into commercial products.

Taking control of light emission

Researchers find a way of tuning light waves by pairing two exotic 2-D materials.

Probing graphene physics

MIT postdoc Javier Sanchez-Yamagishi charts quantum signatures of electronic transport in graphene.

Faster, smaller, more informative

Device can measure the distribution of tiny particles as they flow through a microfluidic channel.

MIT sensor detects spoiled meat

Tiny device could be incorporated into "smart packaging" to improve food safety.

Tunneling across a tiny gap

"Phonon tunneling" explains heat flow across nanometer-wide gaps, study finds.

Better sensors for medical imaging, contraband detection

Magnetic-field detector is 1,000 times more efficient than its predecessors.

Analysis sees many promising pathways for solar photovoltaic power

New study identifies the promise and challenges facing large-scale deployment of solar photovoltaics.

New kind of "tandem" solar cell developed

Researchers combine two types of photovoltaic material to make a cell that harnesses more sunlight.

Electrospray thruster makes small satellites more capable

MIT spinout's electric-propulsion system improves maneuverability of small satellites.

News

Draper Laboratory Joins MIT Microsystems Industrial Group
Consortium including MIT awarded $110M national grant to promote photonics manufacturing

Awards & Honors

Sodini Receives HKUST Fellow Award from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
MTL’s Amr Suleiman places third at Broadcom research competition
Zheng Zhang and Jianqiang Lin receive awards from the China Scholarship Council
Dan Congreve selected for Spring 2015 MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar
Alex Guo Honored as Graduate Women of Excellence
Pat Burkhart and Debb Hodges-Pabon honored with Infinite Mile Awards

Promotions & Appointments

Daniel and Kong faculty promoted to full professor
Watts promoted to Associate Professor with tenure
Evelyn Wang to serve as Associate Director of MTL
Sherene Aram appointed new Administrative Officer for MTL

Elsewhere

MIT ILP Insider: Eugene Fitzgerald and SMART Electronics Research
MIT ILP Insider: Silicon photonics meets the foundry
Velasquez Group's work on advanced X-ray sources is featured in Scientific American Español
MTL propulsion technology featured in Boston Globe
Bloomberg Business: Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers
LiquiGlide featured in the New York Times

Announcements

MTL Seminar Series
resumes on
September 9, 2015
MARC2016 is coming!
January 20-21, 2016
Just published:
MTL 2015 Annual Report

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the member companies in the
Microsystems Industrial Group:
Analog Devices
Applied Materials
Draper Laboratory
Edwards Vacuum
Foxconn Electronics
Hitachi High-Technologies
IBM
Intel
Lam Research
Maxim Integrated
NEC
Qualcomm
Samsung
STMicroelectronics
TSMC
Texas Instruments
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