Newsletter from the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Issue: February 2015
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Featured Story: MTL>30

MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories celebrates its 30th anniversary with a look backwards and a look forward

Photos from
MTL>30 Dinner

Photos from
MTL>30 Symposium

Recent Events

MTL community marks successful MARC2015

MTL Holds 2015 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting
MTL Day at Qualcomm: January 15, 2015

Research Highlights

Radio chip for the "Internet of things"

Circuit that reduces power leakage when transmitters are idle could greatly extend battery life.

Tackling the "Achilles' heel" of OLED displays

Technique greatly extends duration of fragile quantum states, pointing toward practical quantum computers.
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Qubits with staying power

Technique greatly extends duration of fragile quantum states, pointing toward practical quantum computers.

New fibers can deliver many simultaneous stimuli

Implanted into the brain or spinal column, they can transmit drugs, light, and electrical signals.

Watching how cells interact

New device allows scientists to glimpse communication between immune cells.

Toward quantum chips

Packing single-photon detectors on an optical chip is a crucial step toward quantum-computational circuits..

Calling quantum dots to order

MIT chemical engineering graduate student Mark Weidman and colleagues demonstrate how to synthesize lead sulfide nanocrystals of uniform size.

New law for superconductors

Mathematical description of relationship between thickness, temperature, and resistivity could spur advances.

Detecting gases wirelessly and cheaply

New sensor can transmit information on hazardous chemicals or food spoilage to a smartphone.

Running the color gamut

MIT spinout's quantum-dot technology makes LCD TVs more colorful, energy-efficient.

Beating battery drain

Startup's power-conserving chip may increase smartphone battery life, save energy in cell towers.

Superconducting circuits, simplified

New circuit design could unlock the power of experimental superconducting computer chips.

Fast, cheap nanomanufacturing

Arrays of tiny conical tips that eject ionized materials could be used to fabricate nanoscale devices cheaply.

Droplets made to order

New method allows microdroplets of any shape to form on a surface.


MIT & Tecnológico de Monterrey establish program in nanoscience & nanotechnology
Tonio Buonassisi seeks to make solar cells competitive
Tomás Palacios: Extreme Materials and Ubiquitous Electronics
Silvija Gradečak's nanoscale work yields big results
Lam Research Day at MIT

Awards & Honors

Four associated with MTL elected to National Academy of Engineering
Antoniadis is winner of 2015 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal
Jianqiang Lin winner of 2014 IEDM Best Student Paper Award
2008 del Alamo paper selected as one of 10 most influential IEDM papers from last decade
Vivienne Sze receives DARPA 2014 Young Faculty Award
Dr. Allen Hsu selected for MTL Doctoral Disseration Seminar
Paper by Velasquez Group receives recognition by the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems
Wenjie Lu earns 2014 Ernst Guillemin Award for Best Master's Thesis in Electrical Engineering
MechE-ChemE startup named Gold Winner at 2014 MassChallenge


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