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March 2014

Engineers design ‘living materials’

Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements that can conduct electricity or emit light.

In the News via Quartz: The solar panels of the future could be grown from bacteria.

New catalyst could lead to cleaner energy

MIT chemists devise a reaction that traps carbon dioxide and turns it into something useful.

Two-dimensional material shows promise for optoelectronics

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

Bionic plants

Nanotechnology could turn shrubbery into supercharged energy producers or sensors for explosives.

In the News via Scientific American: Bionic Plants Offer Superpowered Photosynthesis.

A new angle on controlling light

System could provide first method for filtering light waves based on direction.


Novel membrane reveals water molecules will bounce off a liquid surface

Study may lead to more efficient water-desalination systems, fundamental understanding of fluid flow.

MIT Energy Initiative announces new seed grant awards

Latest round of MITEI seed grants supports early-stage innovative energy projects.

MIT researchers describe “energy game changers” at CERAWeek2014

MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong leads “A Glimpse Over the Horizon” panel, among other IHS CERAWeek sessions featuring MIT faculty and researchers.

Watch video of the MIT panel.

Conference wrap-up via The Street - featuring Bob Armstrong and Don Sadoway.

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Renewable energy: Back the renewables boom

Via Nature Commentary

MIT's Jessika Trancik: Low-carbon technologies are getting better and cheaper each year, but continued public-policy support is needed to sustain progress.

Five professors named 2014 MacVicar Faculty Fellows

Buongiorno, Lozano-Pérez, Ochsendorf, Paxson, and Prather receive MIT’s top undergraduate teaching honor.


NSE’s Professor Anne White wins Junior Bose Teaching Award

The award is given annually to an outstanding contributor to education from among the junior faculty of the School of Engineering.

MIT Students Win U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge

Winning streak continues for third straight year in contest to develop energy-efficient solutions.


White House features Climate CoLab

MIT center used as an example consistent with President Obama's Climate Data Initiative.


MIT Soft House Nominated for Architizer A+ Award

Professor Sheila Kennedy's team for the International Building Exhibition Hamburg is a finalist in the Architizer Design Awards--selected from over 1,000 entries in the Multi-Family Residential category.

Harlem Building Collapse Highlights America’s Dangerously Old Gas Infrastructure

Via Time

MITEI's Frank O'Sullivan comments on the nation's enormous and aging gas system.

MIT’s Liquid Metal Stores Solar Power Until After Sundown

Via Bloomberg

A Boston-area startup founded by MIT researchers is working to turn this new battery concept into a commercially viable product.

Emissions tech firm: U.S. is where the action is


MITEI’s Howie Herzog talks about CCS technology in the U.S.

Read also via LA Times: In Mississippi, a power plant is designed to shape the future of coal.

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