Newsletter from the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Issue: February 2017
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In Memory

Millie Dresselhaus, Institute Professor Emerita, 1930-2017

“Queen of carbon science” and recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of Science led US scientific community, promoted women in STEM.

Photo, MTL/Tony Rinaldo Photography

Recent Events

ISSCC 2017 Alumni and Friends Reception

Feb. 6, 2017 • San Francisco, CA

2017 Microsystems Annual Research Conference

Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2017 • Bretton Woods, NH

Industrial Advisory Board Meeting

Feb. 2, 2017 • Cambridge, MA


Feb. 2, 2017 • Cambridge, MA

Lam Day at MIT

Nov. 29, 2016 • Cambridge, MA

Patricia Burkhart's retirement party and MTL "Welcome Back" barbecue

Sep. 9, 2016 • Cambridge, MA

Research Highlights

Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain

Three-in-one design allows genetic, chemical, optical, and electrical inputs and outputs.

New resource for optical chips

Study: Silicon can reproduce physical phenomena exploited by high-end telecommunications devices.

Researchers devise efficient power converter for IoT

Design reduces converter's resting power consumption by 50 percent.

Secure wireless chargers

New chip would thwart the counterfeiting that plagues the market for wired device chargers.

Engineers harness stomach acid to power tiny sensors

Ingestible electronic devices could monitor physiological conditions or deliver drugs.

Movable microplatform floats on a sea of droplets

New technique offers precise, durable control over tiny mirrors or stages.

Hart lab reports a new stamping technique to create nanoscale functional features

MIT researchers have fabricated a stamp made from forests of carbon nanotubes that is able to print electronic inks onto rigid and flexible surfaces.

Arterial blood pressure waveform monitor

A look at a next-generation device for capturing medical data.

3-D-printed structures shrink when heated

Counterintuitive “metamaterial” may enable heat-resistant circuit boards.

Electron-phonon interactions affect heat dissipation in computer chips

Study shows particle collisions may explain overheated circuits, improve thermoelectric devices.

New kind of supercapacitor made without carbon

Energy storage device could deliver more power than current versions of this technology.

Manufacturing microspheres

Technique mass-produces uniform, encapsulated particles for pharmaceuticals, many other uses.

Nanosensors could help determine tumors’ ability to remodel tissue

Measuring enzyme levels could help doctors select appropriate treatments.

Tiny gold grids yielding secrets

Summer Scholar Justin Cheng explores process in Berggren group for making ordered metal nanostructures that display interesting new properties.

Microchip enables fast, precise measurement of single-cell growth

Device that measures growth of many individual cells simultaneously could lead to rapid tests for antibiotics.

The next big thing at MIT will be very, very small

A world-class facility for nanoscale research is taking shape at the heart of campus.

Reducing runoff pollution by making spray droplets less bouncy

MIT researchers find a way to make pesticides stick to leaves instead of bouncing off.

3-D printed structures “remember” their shapes

Heat-responsive materials may aid in controlled drug delivery and solar panel tracking.

A new eye on the middle ear

Shortwave infrared instrument from MIT could see deeper, help improve diagnosis of ear infections.

New solar cell is more efficient, costs less than its counterparts

Exposed in step-like formation, layers of new photovoltaic cell harvest more of sun’s energy.

Study reveals new physics of how fluids flow in porous media

Key flow mechanisms, crucial to carbon sequestration and fuel-cell operation, have been visualized.

Booting up spin-based device studies

Summer Scholar Grant Smith works to establish parameters for making ferromagnetic thin films in the Liu lab.

Promotions & Appointments

Faculty promotion
for Vivienne Sze

EECS announces the promotion of Vivienne Sze to Associate Professor without Tenure.

New faculty profile: Jeehwan Kim

MTL welcomes Professor Jeehwan Kim, an expert on innovation in nanotechnology for electronic/photonic/energy applications.

MTL welcomes Dr. Whitney Hess as EHS Coordinator

Dr. Hess received her chemistry PhD from MIT in December, brings extensive experience to MTL.

Videos of Interest

Modifying Surfaces with Nanoscale Thicknesses 1
Karen Gleason: Modifying surfaces with nanoscale thicknesses
Collaborating in Graphene Research Across Departments
Jeehwan Kim:Collaborating in Graphene Research Across Departments


Kripa Varanasi
Kripa Varanasi: Innovating at interfaces
MTL's Charles Sodini:

Connecting MIT with community resources

Charles Sodini: Playing a key role in MIT's Innovation Node in Hong Kong
MTL Faculty play integral roles in launching rising stars in physics
Karl Berggren: Bold research visions recognized and rewarded
Jeffrey Grossman: Solid-state learning
Karen Gleason: Nanoscale dimensions & increasing innovation density
MIT joins $171M public-private consortium on manufacturing flexible electronics
Rohit Karnik seeks sustainable solutions through nanotechnology

Awards & Honors

MTL 2016 Fall Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (DDS) by Dr. Alex Guo
Palacios named 2017 IEEE Fellow
Smith awarded the 2017 IEEE Robert E, Noyce Medal


March 27, 2017
MTL Seminar Series 
Spring 2017 calendar
MARC2017 Conference Proceedings
MTL 2016 Annual Research Report
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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