Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
MIT Energy Night, to be held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, at the MIT Museum, will highlight more than 40 projects, groups and start-up businesses in and around MIT at the cutting edge of energy research.
The annual event, organized by the MIT Energy Club and the Sloan Energy and Environment Club, is an informal way to get a quick overview of the range of work going on around the campus while munching on hors d'oeuvres and listening to live music.
Representatives for student groups including the MIT Electric Vehicle Team, Biodiesel@MIT and the Solar Decathlon will be on hand, as well as representatives for faculty-directed research on such topics as spinach-powered solar cells, advanced nuclear reactors, ultracapacitors based on nanotubes and alternative fuels for transportation. Other presenters are from companies that originated from MIT research, including A123 Systems (battery technology), C3 BioEnergy (making propane from plants) and GreenFuel Technologies (making fuel from algae).
Energy Club co-president Lara Pierpoint says Energy Night is "a chance for people from all over campus to look across disciplines and see what's going on in research, in student organizations, and in emergent MIT spinoff companies. It's about talking, engaging and, most importantly, it's about partying and celebrating the achievements we've made and the enthusiasm we have for tackling the challenges ahead."
The MIT Museum is in Building N52 at 265 Mass. Ave.