Watson Lecture on October 20: Julia Kornfield (BS ’83, MS ’84) on Megasupramolecules

On Wednesday, October 20, at 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Julia A. Kornfield (BS ’83, MS ’84), Caltech’s Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemical Engineering, will open the 2021–22 Watson Lecture season with a look at “Megasupramolecules: From Disaster to Discovery.” The events of 9/11 spurred Kornfield’s research team to begin investigating Read More


Mikhail Shapiro Named HHMI Investigator

Mikhail Shapiro, professor of chemical engineering, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator. He is one of 33 scientists named as investigators this year by HHMI, a nonprofit medical research organization founded by the late billionaire, engineer, pilot, and movie producer Howard Hughes. Shapiro is joining approximately Read More


Lu Wei Receives Early Career Award, Funding

Lu Wei, assistant professor of chemistry, has been selected as one of 20 early career scientists to receive funding from Scialog: Advancing BioImaging, an initiative focused on developing new technologies for imaging living tissues. Wei, who joined Caltech in 2018, is developing new spectroscopy and microscopy techniques that will allow Read More


The next generation of glowing plants

September 17, 2021 MIT 0

Using specialized nanoparticles embedded in plant leaves, MIT engineers have created a light-emitting plant that can be charged by an LED. After 10 seconds of charging, plants glow brightly for several minutes, and they can be recharged repeatedly. These plants can produce light that is 10 times brighter than the Read More


Researchers design sensors to rapidly detect plant hormones

September 13, 2021 MIT 0

Researchers from the Disruptive and Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) interdisciplinary research group of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, and their local collaborators from Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have developed the first-ever nanosensor to enable Read More


Why the future of textiles is collaborative

September 10, 2021 MIT 0

When MIT and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) joined forces to advance textile research and to develop and employ sustainable fabrics of the future, they found that their work was so synergistic that they were compelled to write an instruction manual about their multi-year partnership so that other organizations Read More


MIT welcomes nine MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars for 2021-22

September 8, 2021 MIT 0

In its 31st year, the Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Visiting Professors and Scholars Program will host nine outstanding scholars from across the Americas. The flagship program honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by increasing the presence and recognizing the contributions of underrepresented minority scholars at Read More


Using adversarial attacks to refine molecular energy predictions

September 1, 2021 MIT 0

Neural networks (NNs) are increasingly being used to predict new materials, the rate and yield of chemical reactions, and drug-target interactions, among others. For these applications, they are orders of magnitude faster than traditional methods such as quantum mechanical simulations.  The price for this agility, however, is reliability. Because machine Read More


Energy storage from a chemistry perspective

August 16, 2021 MIT 0

The transition toward a more sustainable, environmentally sound electrical grid has driven an upsurge in renewables like solar and wind. But something as simple as cloud cover can cause grid instability, and wind power is inherently unpredictable. This intermittent nature of renewables has invigorated the competitive landscape for energy storage Read More