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Recent Events

MTL Graduation Reception

June 3, 2016 • Cambridge, MA

MTL organizes MIT Day at Tecnológico de Monterrey

June 1, 2016 • Monterrey, Mexico

MTL at MIT100 Open House

April 25, 2016 • Cambridge, MA
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Medical Electronic Device Realization Center Conference

May 26, 2016 • Cambridge, MA

Research Highlights

Toward practical quantum computers

Built-in optics could enable chips that use trapped ions as quantum bits.

New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity

New chemistry in device developed at MTL could overcome key drawbacks of lithium-air batteries.

Replicating the connection between muscles and nerves

New chip could help test drugs for ALS, other neuromuscular disorders.

New solar absorber could improve efficiency of solar thermal technology

Masdar Institute-MIT team develops device that harnesses more sunlight, enhancing efficiency of heat production.

Spin orbit electronics: From heavy metals to topological insulators

Spintronic devices with ultralow power consumptions could be achievable.

Hot new solar cell

System converts solar heat into usable light, increasing device’s overall efficiency.

A Quantum Internet of Things

An improved mastery of quantum phenomena has given rise to new fields of “quantum technologies.” 

Light can “heal” defects in some solar cells

Defects in some new electronic materials can be removed by making ions move under illumination.

New approach to sorting cells

Microfluidic device distinguishes cells based on how they respond to acoustic vibrations.

Researchers find unexpected magnetic effect

Combining two thin-film materials yields surprising room-temperature magnetism.

Making electronics out of coal

Instead of burning up this complex hydrocarbon, let’s make devices from it, says Jeffrey Grossman.

Breaking through the bacteria barrier

New microfluidic device may speed up DNA insertion in bacteria, the first step in genetic engineering.

Promotions & Appointments

New faculty profile: Max Shulaker

MTL welcomes Professor Max Shulaker, an expert on nanosystems exploiting emerging nanotechnologies.

Duane Boning named head of Leaders for Global Operations program

Boning succeeds David Simchi-Levi as engineering faculty director of master’s program.

Duane Boning named LeBel Professor

A leader in the field of manufacturing and design has been appointed the Clarence J. LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Martin Schmidt named Ray and Maria Stata Professor

MIT Provost and leader in microscale and nanoscale fabrication appointed to the Ray and Maria Stata Professorship in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Recent Seminars

Replacing Metal Lines to Increase Speed and Efficiency
May 18, 2016
MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar
Monolithically Integrated MEMS Resonators and Oscillators in Standard IC Technology
Bichoy Bahr, MIT

March 17, 2016
MTL Executive Seminar
Yes, Industry, There is a Future for Semiconductors
Richard K. Templeton; Chairman, President, & CEO; Texas Instruments, Inc
More Seminars from MTL


MIT launches Hong Kong Innovation Node in June
Tecnológico de Monterrey students fabricate nanoscale devices in MTL during the Summer

Awards & Honors

Joseph Baylon: Infinite Mile Award
Bob Bicchieri: On the Spot Award 
Dr. Bichoy Bahr: Spring 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Seminar
Jianqiang (Jerome) Lin: Best Student Paper
Vivienne Sze earns two awards:
School of Engineering awards for 2016
Junior Bose Faculty Award for Polina Anikeeva, Ruth and Joel Spira Awards for Excellence in Teaching for Luca Daniel, Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising for Duane Boning.
Jeffrey Grossman: 2016 MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Staff Comings and Goings

During the past six months, MTL welcomed three new staff members and bid farewell to four. We continue to be fortunate in the high caliber of staff we attract and retain, and in their enduring commitment to fostering a strong and close-knit community, that is the hallmark of MTL. Read More


MTL Seminar Series 
Fall 2016 calendar
MTL 2016 Annual Report is out!
The Microsystems Annual Research Conference (MARC2017) is coming
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the member companies in the
Microsystems Industrial Group:
Analog Devices
Applied Materials
Edwards Vacuum
Foxconn Electronics
Hitachi High-Technologies
Lam Research
Texas Instruments
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