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R.Scott Kemp: Inside the Iran Deal

At a colloquium organized by the Department of Physics, R. Scott Kemp, the Norman C. Rasmussen Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, described the political strategizing and technical evaluations that went into crafting the Iran ‘nuclear deal’, and assessed its technical robustness. ... more

NSE’s Yildiz wins MITEI Seed Fund Grant for early-stage energy research

The winning project, a design for metal-oxide surfaces to enable fast oxygen exchange in fuel cells, is a collaboration between Bilge Yildiz and Ahmed Ghoniem, the Ronald C. Crane (’72) Professor of Mechanical Engineering. They seek to significantly improve the performance of perovskite oxides that function in extreme environments. The goal of her team’s proposal, she says, is “to improve materials not only for solid oxide fuel cells and electrolyzers, which I study in my own laboratory, but also for gas conversion and thermo-chemical reactors to produce clean fuels, which are Ahmed Ghoniem’s area of expertise.” ... more

Paola Cappellaro: Stabilizing quantum bits

Quantum computers are largely hypothetical devices that could perform some calculations much more rapidly than conventional computers can. They exploit a property called superposition, which describes a quantum particle’s counterintuitive ability to, in some sense, inhabit more than one physical state at the same time. ... more

Bilge Yildiz: How to make metal alloys that stand up to hydrogen

High-tech metal alloys are widely used in important materials such as the cladding that protects the fuel inside a nuclear reactor. But even the best alloys degrade over time, victims of a reactor’s high temperatures, radiation, and hydrogen-rich environment. Now, a team of MIT researchers has found a way of greatly reducing the damaging effects these metals suffer from exposure to hydrogen. ... more

2016 NSE Graduate Research Expo

50 students participated in NSE’s 2016 Graduate Research Expo, held on March 11. The annual event kicked off MIT’s visit weekend for prospective graduate students, and provides a unique opportunity for the visitors and MIT community to learn more about the diverse research being conducted within NSE by faculty and current graduate students. ... more

MIT is home to No. 1 graduate engineering program

MIT’s graduate program in engineering has once more placed at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the nation’s graduate programs. The Institute has held the No. 1 spot since 1990, when the magazine first ranked such programs. ... more

Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of CANES

On March 3rd, the MIT Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems celebrated its 15th year anniversary as an integral part of the MIT energy community and a research hub that brings together industry, national lab, and leading international organizations to collaborate on pushing forward our understanding and design of advanced nuclear energy systems. ... more

Ju Li: Carbon nanotubes improve metal’s longevity under radiation

NSE Professor Ju Li and collaborators find that aluminum used in nuclear reactors and other harsh environments may last longer with new treatment. ... more

MITEI and Exelon collaborate on clean energy, includes advanced nuclear generation

Exelon’s MITEI membership will support research including energy storage, smarter grids, advanced nuclear generation, and solar energy. ... more

R. Scott Kemp

NSE’s Kemp wins Sloan Research Fellowship

R. Scott Kemp is one of eleven MIT researchers from eight School of Science and School of Engineering departments among the 126 American and Canadian researchers awarded 2016 Sloan Research Fellowships, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today. ... more

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Riddle of cement’s structure is finally solved

Concrete is the world’s most widely used construction material, so abundant that its production is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet answers to some fundamental questions about the microscopic structure and behavior of this ubiquitous material have remained elusive. NSE’s Professor Sidney Yip, a collaborator in this work, thinks of these findings as a first step toward clarifying the question of cement’s structure in a scientifically quantifiable way. ... more

2016 Del Favero Prize

Del Favero Lecture: Radiation physics today for materials science tomorrow

To the naked eye, radiation is a mysterious, invisible energy that permeates space, seemingly unimpeded, until it is either reflected or absorbed by an object. This behavior is precisely what makes radiation an excellent tool for scientists to interrogate and explore the atomic structure of materials. In the 2016 Del Favero Doctoral Thesis Prize Lecture, Dr. Mingda Li, shared his perspective as a nuclear scientist on how radiation can be used to benefit society and help us understand and design new materials. ... more

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New finding may explain heat loss in fusion reactors

NSE professor Anne White and her students in collaboration with others at the University of California at San Diego, General Atomics, and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, have found the key to one of the biggest obstacles to making fusion power practical — and realizing its promise of virtually limitless and relatively clean energy. Their findings are reported in the journals Nuclear Fusion and AIP Physics of Plasmas. ... more

phase transition

Switchable material could enable new memory chips

NSE professor Bilge Yildiz and DMSE graduate student Qiyang Lu have developed a thin-film material whose phase and electrical properties can be switched between metallic and semiconducting simply by applying a small voltage. The findings are reported in the journal Nano Letters. ... more

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Harnessing the energy of small bending motions

NSE professor Ju Li, graduate students Sangtae Kim and Soon Ju Choi, and four others have developed a completely new method of harnessing the energy of small motions based on electrochemical principles, which could be capable of harvesting energy from a broad range of natural motions and activities, including walking. The new system, based on the slight bending of a sandwich of metal and polymer sheets, is described in the journal Nature Communications. ... more

Prof Mike Short with SoS attendee

Inspiring the next generation of nuclear engineers — NSE community leads “Science on Saturday”

Have you ever wondered what radiation actually is or where you can find it? It turns out that radiation is all around us and its unique properties make it useful for curing diseases, producing energy, and probing the properties of matter. ... more

Sow-Hsin Chen

Celebrating Professor Sow-Hsin Chen

On November 29, 2015 a workshop was held at MIT to honor the career and achievements of Professor Sow-Hsin Chen and celebrate his 80th birthday. The one-day workshop on “Topics in Soft Condensed Matter” featured talks by ten speakers from around the world and brought together his former collaborators, students, and other researchers in the field. ... more

Members of the GTL Armenia pilot program

Black student leaders present recommendations for a more inclusive MIT

“MIT has had a long history of specifically addressing racial bias. We have made great strides as a university, but now is the time to set the bar for the next 10 years.” — NSE junior Rasheed Auguste, co-chair of the Black Students’ Union, chair of the BSU’s political action committee. ... more

Members of the GTL Armenia pilot program

NSE’s Corney, Danagoulian participate in MISTI Global Teaching Labs

Five MIT students, including NSE Junior Daniel Corney, traveled abroad to support and empower young technology entrepreneurs in Armenia. In preparation members of the GTL Armenia pilot program attended discussions led by NSE Professor Areg Danagoulian, History Professor Lerna Ekmekcioglu, and Luys Foundation executive director Jacqueline Karaaslanian, on Armenia’s culture, history educational structure and program logistics. ... more

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