David L. Chandler

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Vision and Discrete Sensors August 15, 2023

Sensing, controlling microscopic spin density in quantum materials

Fine-tuning the spin density in some materials allows researchers to develop new quantum sensors or quantum simulations.

By David L. Chandler
Industrial PCs June 28, 2023

Optical light source for quantum computers developed

MIT researchers have developed a device that emits a stream of single photons and could provide a basis for optical quantum computers.

By David L. Chandler
Industrial PCs March 14, 2023

Engineers discover way to control nuclei to encode quantum information

MIT researchers can directly control a property of nuclei called spin using lasers, which can help them encode quantum information.

By David L. Chandler
Robotics November 30, 2022

Assembler robot groups have potential for making larger structures

MIT researchers are showing how groups of robots can work together to build almost anything from buildings, vehicles and larger robots.

By David L. Chandler
Process Instrumentation and Sensors October 18, 2022

Engineers develop shape-memory material for actuators

MIT researchers have developed a ceramic-based material that could be used for highly efficient actuators for aircraft or other uses, with minimal moving parts.

By David L. Chandler
AI and Machine Learning October 18, 2022

Machine, device learning on the edge

MIT researchers have developed a technique that enables AI models to continually learn from new data on intelligent edge devices like smartphones and sensors, reducing energy costs and privacy risks.

By David L. Chandler
Vision and Discrete Sensors August 17, 2022

Engineers repurpose photography technique to enhance sensors, vision

MIT researchers have repurposed a 19th century photography technique to make stretchy, color-changing films, which could improve manufacturing of pressure-monitoring bandages, shade-shifting fabrics touch-sensing robots and more.

By David L. Chandler
System Integration August 3, 2022

Silk developed as alternative to some microplastics

Researchers have developed a system based on silk that could provide an inexpensive and easily manufactured substitute, which could improve quality for manufactured goods and processes.

By David L. Chandler
Discrete Manufacturing March 21, 2022

Carbon fiber development used for lightweight structural materials

MIT researchers have found a way to make carbon fiber could turn refinery byproducts into high-value, ultralight structural materials for cars, aircraft and spacecraft.

By David L. Chandler
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Process Instrumentation and Sensors February 22, 2022

Solar-powered system offers a route to inexpensive desalination

A passive solar evaporation system developed by MIT researchers could be used to clean wastewater, provide potable water or sterilize medical tools in off-grid areas.

By David L. Chandler
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Process Instrumentation and Sensors January 24, 2022

Controlling how surfaces and liquids interact

MIT researchers have developed a process that enables control over liquid-solid interfaces even with the most unlikely pairs of materials.

By David L. Chandler
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Process Instrumentation and Sensors January 5, 2022

Flexible fiber lithium-ion battery developed for wearable devices

MIT researchers have developed a rechargeable battery can be woven and washed, and could provide power for fiber-based electronic devices and sensors.

By David L. Chandler
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Process Instrumentation and Sensors September 24, 2021

Ferrimagnet control for faster data storage, smaller sensors

MIT researchers have developed a way of rapidly switching the magnetic polarity of a ferrimagnet 180 degrees with a small applied voltage, which could help improve data storage and create smaller sensors.

By David L. Chandler
Energy, Power October 8, 2020

Using diamond as a metallic conductor

Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain in a theoretical model, which could improve solar cells, quantum sensors, optical devices and more.

By David L. Chandler
Energy, Power June 8, 2020

Transparent graphene electrodes could lead to improved solar cells

MIT researchers have developed a roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.

By David L. Chandler
Other Building Types March 30, 2020

Research team working on open-source, low-cost ventilator for coronavirus patients

An MIT volunteer research team of engineers, physicians, computer scientists and others are carrying on prior work to develop an open-source low-cost ventilator to help hospitals and emergency teams around the world.

By David L. Chandler
Energy, Power March 4, 2020

Material’s insulating properties can be tuned at will

MIT researchers have designed an electrical heat valve, which can vary the thermal conductivity on demand, and could help create controllable insulation and harvest the energy of waste heat.

By David L. Chandler
Energy, Power February 4, 2020

Electrode design may lead to more powerful batteries

An MIT research team has devised a lithium metal anode that could improve the longevity and energy density of future batteries.

By David L. Chandler
Robotics October 16, 2019

Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces

MIT researchers are working on developing systems of tiny robots that may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.

By David L. Chandler
Discrete Manufacturing September 18, 2019

Engineers develop multimaterial fiber ink for 3-D-printed devices

A method developed by MIT researchers uses standard 3-D printers to produce functioning devices with the electronics already embedded inside and can sense their surroundings, store energy or perform other actions.

By David L. Chandler
Energy, Power August 17, 2019

Electrolyte developed to enhance supercapacitor performance

Researchers at MIT and several other institutions have developed an electrolyte for improving the efficiency and stability of supercapacitors while reducing their flammability.

By David L. Chandler
Robotics July 6, 2019

Tiny motor designed to walk to carry out tasks

MIT researchers have developed a mobile motor that could allow future robots to assemble complex structures — including other robots.

By David L. Chandler
Energy, Power April 28, 2019

Engineered surface developed to reduce waste, improve efficiency

MIT researchers have developed a coating to get much thicker materials to slide without sticking or deforming, which may improve the quality of products ranging from bread to pharmaceuticals, and the efficiency of flow batteries.

By David L. Chandler
Energy, Power April 7, 2019

Hybrid cathode developed for lithium batteries

Researchers at MIT and China have developed a hybrid cathode that is designed to improve the lifespan of lithium batteries as well as making them lighter and smaller.

By David L. Chandler
Energy, Power April 5, 2019

Efficient boiling research for power plants to improve energy efficiency

MIT research is looking to develop understanding of heat transfer in boiling water, which could lead to efficiency improvements in power plants and improved analytics.

By David L. Chandler
Vision and Discrete Sensors March 26, 2019

Energy monitor can find electrical failures before they happen

MIT researchers have developed a sensor that can monitor wiring in a building or ship, and signal when repairs are needed.

By David L. Chandler
Energy, Power February 12, 2019

Using artificial intelligence to engineer materials’ properties

MIT researchers, along with scientists in Russia and Singapore, have developed a system of “strain engineering," which can change a material’s optical, electrical, and thermal properties using artificial intelligence (AI).

By David L. Chandler
Energy Efficiency December 2, 2018

Researchers develop device to provide cooling in harsh locations

MIT researchers have devised a way of providing cooling on a hot sunny day, using inexpensive materials and requiring no fossil fuel-generated power by allowing heat emission at a mid-infrared range of light.

By David L. Chandler