• Jul. 21, 2014
    A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure — a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam — is a porous, insulating material structure...
  • Jul. 14, 2014
    Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same...
  • Jul. 1, 2014
    Whenever there is a major spill of oil into water, the two tend to mix into a suspension of tiny droplets, called an emulsion, that is extremely hard to separate — and that can cause severe damage to...
  • Jun. 27, 2014
    Sami Khan, a dual-degree graduate student in mechanical engineering and technology and policy, recently received a research award from the Hydro Research Foundation. Khan — who conducts research in...
  • Jun. 19, 2014
    Explosions caused by leaking gas pipes under city streets have frequently made headlines in recent years, including one that leveled an apartment building in New York this spring. But while the...
  • Jun. 12, 2014
    The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recently presented three researchers in the Department of Mechanical Engineering — C. Justin Kamp, Alex G. Sappok, and Victor W. Wong — with the 2014 Arch T...
  • May. 28, 2014
    You can quickly run out of fingers and toes counting the many ways we waste energy. Take our sewage systems, for example: The energetic content of wastewater is about 10 times the amount of energy it...
  • May. 21, 2014
    Vast amounts of excess heat are generated by industrial processes and by electric power plants; researchers around the world have spent decades seeking ways to harness some of this wasted energy....
  • May. 15, 2014
    Alexander Slocum, the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Precision Engineering Group, teaches and conducts research in the area of precision machine design. Precision...
  • Apr. 29, 2014
    Materials that can be used for thermoelectric devices — those that turn a temperature difference into an electric voltage — have been known for decades. But until now there has been no good...
  • Dec. 10, 2013
    Making Silicon Devices Responsive to Infrared Light   Photo Credit: Dr. Mark Winkler   by David Chandler, MIT News Office Researchers have tried a variety of methods to develop detectors that are...
  • Nov. 13, 2013
    Lithium-air batteries have become a hot research area in recent years: They hold the promise of drastically increasing power per battery weight, which could lead, for example, to electric cars with a...
  • Oct. 2, 2013
    In a completely unexpected finding, MIT researchers have discovered that tiny water droplets that form on a superhydrophobic surface, and then “jump” away from that surface, carry an electric charge...
  • Sep. 20, 2013
    Steam condensation is key to the worldwide production of electricity and clean water: It is part of the power cycle that drives 85 percent of all electricity-generating plants and about half of all...
  • Sep. 17, 2013
    MIT researchers have found a new family of materials that provides the best-ever performance in a reaction called oxygen evolution, a key requirement for energy storage and delivery systems such as...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
    Efficiency Innovation for Water Purification   From left to right: Karim Chehayeb, Gregory Thiel, Steven Lam, Prakash Narayan Govindan, Max St. John, Ronan McGovern,and Professor John Lienhard. Photo...
  • Jun. 26, 2013
      by Alissa Mallinson   Innovation and creativity are concepts that imbue everything we do in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. They’re woven into every lab, every experiment, every faculty...
  • Apr. 25, 2013
    Offshore wind could provide abundant electricity — but as with solar energy, this power supply can be intermittent and unpredictable. But a new approach from researchers at MIT could mitigate that...
  • Aug. 3, 2012
    Professor Nick Fang Explores Etching at the Nanoscale     Using electrochemical and optical processes, programmable metamaterials, composed of functional micro- and nanostructures, are prototyped...
  • Aug. 3, 2012
    MechE Alum Leads a Revolution in Displays   Clarence Chui (PhD ‘98) (Photo credit: Ken Hansen) Clarence Chui (PhD ‘98), senior vice president and general manager of Qualcomm’s MEMS Technologies,...

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