Issue 2014.9

Featured story: MIT.nano
Research Highlights
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Faculty News
MIG News
Alumni News
Staff News
Awards & Honors
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Jesús de Alamo

Greetings from the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT! I am pleased to send you this newsletter with exciting research highlights, news and updates on recent and upcoming activities in MTL. 
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Jesús A. del Alamo
Director, Microsystems Technology Laboratories


MTL > 30
Celebrating 30 years of
microsystems technology at MIT

On October 29 and 30, we will have a Symposium at MIT to celebrate the numerous accomplishments of MTL over the last 30 years and to share our dreams about the great potential of micro-and nano- technologies for years to come.

Now Available: MTL Annual Research Report 2014

Featured Story


MIT announces MIT.nano — Enabling 21st Century Innovation in Science, Technology and Systems in the Nano Scale.

Research Highlights

Mass spectrometry in your hand

Electrospray arrays can dramatically downsize systems and costs for onsite chemical analysis -- and many other applications.

A new way to diagnose malaria

Using magnetic fields, technique can detect parasite’s waste products in infected blood cells.

New material structures bend like microscopic hair

Researchers say structures may be used in windows to wick away moisture.

"Active" surfaces control what's on them

Researchers develop treated surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move.

Getting a charge out of water droplets

Water condensing and jumping from a superhydrophobic surface can be harnessed to produce electricity.

Harnessing the Speed of Light

Nicholas Fang pushes the limits of light to improve performance in communication, fabrication, and medical imaging.

Separating finely mixed oil and water

Membrane developed by MIT researchers can separate even highly mixed fine oil-spill residues.

Researchers unveil experimental 36-core chip

Design lets chip manage local memory stores efficiently using an Internet-style communication network.

New ultrastiff, ultralight material developed

Nanostructured material based on repeating microscopic units has record-breaking stiffness at low density.

A new way to make sheets of graphene

Technique might enable advances in display screens, solar cells, or other devices.

Improving a new breed of solar cells

Quantum-dot photovoltaics set new record for efficiency, could unlock new uses.

Getting more electricity out of solar cells

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

A molecular approach to solar power

Switchable material could harness the power of the sun -- even when it's not shining.

Excitons observed in action for the first time

Technique developed at MIT reveals the motion of energy-carrying quasiparticles in solid material.

Two-dimensional material shows promise for optoelectronics

Team creates LEDs, photovoltaic cells, and light detectors using novel one-molecule-thick material.

Less is more with next-generation medical X-rays

A new X-ray-generating chip from Luis Velasquez-Garcia's group will reduce the radiation from medical imaging.


MTL Welcome Back Barbecue
September 4, 2014

MTL Graduation
June 6, 2014

CICS Review
May 7, 2014

MTL End of Semester Barbecue
May 7, 2014

Faculty News

New Core Faculty: Ruonan Han

MTL welcomes Prof. Ruonan Han. An expert in Teraherz electronics, he aims to bridge the "Teraherz gap."

Evelyn Wang: A lifelong relationship with the Institute

Newly tenured Evelyn Wang -- whose parents met at MIT -- studies heat transfer in materials.

Karen Gleason named Associate Provost

Brings 27 years' faculty experience and strong ties with industry

MIG News

Edwards Joins Microsystems Industrial Group

Promising partnership for collaboration, innovation between leading equipment manufacturer and MTL community.

MTL Ph.D. Students Visit Maxim Integrated

Visit included presentations and discussions with Maxim executives including the CEO and CTO.

Alumni News

MIT alumni Miles Barr and David He on MIT Technology Review's 2014 edition of "35 Innovators Under 35"

Both former grad students hope to introduce disruptive technologies to market.

Staff News

Coleen Milley is the 2014-2015 Working Group on Support Staff Issues Junior Co-Convener

Will guide the working group and its task groups and committees 

Awards & Honors

Prof. Dimitri Antoniadis receives the 2014 Aristotle Award from the SRC

He Is cited by the SRC for outstanding teaching and a deep commitment to the educational experience of his graduate students.

MTL's Prof. Harry Lee awarded the 2014 Committed to Caring Award by Office of Dean for Graduate Education at MIT

Prof. Lee helps weave academic community together by fostering scholarship and mentoring students.

MTL team wins Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Team at the intersection of microelectronics and synthetic biology receives $100K for bio-sensors project.

Tisdale receives Baker Award for undergraduate teaching

Award given annually to MIT faculty member in recognition of his or her "exceptional interest and ability in the instruction of undergraduates."

Xiang Zhou's PhD research honored at MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar

Talk title was "III-Nitride Nanowires and Heterostructures: Growth and Optical Properties at the Nanoscale."

Paul McGrath and Vicky Diadiuk receive School of Engineering Infinite Mile Awards

Awards given annually to individuals nominated by their departments for their outstanding work.

MTL core members Buonasissi, Fang and Wang granted tenure

All have appointments in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

William Tisdale receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

Award recognizes outstanding new faculty who excel in research, experience, and academic leadership.

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