MTL News Archives

April 10, 2018

Shireen Warnock receives Best Student Paper Award at the International Reliability Physics Symposium

Shireen's PhD thesis research advances understanding on the physics of dielectric reliability in gallium nitride power transistors.

April 10, 2018

Faculty promotion for Ruonan Han

Han promoted to Associate Professor without tenure

April 9, 2018

Timothy Swager receives Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

The fellowship supports top-tier researchers at U.S. universities whose high-risk, high-payoff work is of strategic importance to the Department of Defense.

April 6, 2018

Photonic communication comes to computer chips

Startup's optoelectronic chips could reduce energy usage by up to 50 percent in data centers while increasing computing speeds.

March 21, 2018

Flickr Update: CICS/MTL Reception at ISSCC2018

February 13, 2018

March 7, 2018

Insulator or superconductor? Physicists find graphene is both

When rotated at a "magic angle," graphene sheets can form an insulator or a superconductor.

March 2, 2018

Vladimir Bulovic named inaugural director of MIT.nano

Former MTL Director has been intimately involved in MIT.nano since its conception over six years ago.

February 22, 2018

Jeehwan Kim, of Mechanical Engineering, promoted to Associate Professor

Remote epitaxy technology cited as "game changer"

February 20, 2018

Seeking materials that match the brain

Polina Anikeeva explores ways to make neural probes that are compatible with delicate biological tissues.

February 14, 2018

Neural networks everywhere

New chip reduces neural networks' power consumption by up to 95 percent, making them practical for battery-powered devices.

February 13, 2018

Energy-efficient encryption for the internet of things

Special-purpose chip reduces power consumption of public-key encryption by 99.75 percent, increases speed 500-fold.

February 12, 2018

The 2017 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in the field of Magnetism to be awarded to Luqiao Liu

Award to be presented at International Conference on Magnetism in San Francisco in July 2018

February 12, 2018

Luqiao Liu Wins 2017 McMillan Award

Recognizes outstanding young researcher in condensed matter physics.

February 12, 2018

Wenjie Lu recognized at the 2018 SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium

Wenjie is one of only two graduate students honored for their research and leadership at this Symposium

February 12, 2018

Paper by MTL's Velásquez Group selected to IOP Nanotechnology Highlights of 2017 Collection

February 7, 2018

Flickr Update: StartUP@MTL 2018

January 31, 2018

February 7, 2018

Flickr Update: IAB2018

January 31, 2018

February 7, 2018

Flickr Update: MARC2018

January 29-30, 2018

January 23, 2018

Engineers design artificial synapse for "brain-on-a-chip" hardware

Design is major stepping stone toward portable artificial-intelligence devices.

January 19, 2018

Turning heat into electricity

Study finds topological materials could boost the efficiency of thermoelectric devices.

December 21, 2017

New technique allows rapid screening for new types of solar cells

Approach could bypass the time-consuming steps currently needed to test new photovoltaic materials.

December 15, 2017

Asu Ozdaglar named head of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

She succeeds Anantha Chandrakasan, who was named dean of engineering, as leader of MIT's largest academic department.

December 14, 2017

MTL 2017 Fall Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (DDS) by Dr. Sarvesh Varma

Congratulations to Dr. Sarvesh Varma who received the honor of delivering the Fall 2017 MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (DDS) on December 8, 2017.

December 8, 2017

Device makes power conversion more efficient

New design could dramatically cut energy waste in electric vehicles, data centers, and the power grid.

December 6, 2017

Engineers 3-D print a "living tattoo"

New technique 3-D prints programmed cells into living devices for first time.

December 1, 2017

Building the hardware for the next generation of artificial intelligence

Class taught by Vivienne Sze and Joel Emer brings together traditionally separate disciplines for advances in deep learning.

November 15, 2017

Engineering team that includes Prof. Vivienne Sze receives Emmy Award for High Efficiency Video Coding standard

New compression standard is widely used for ultra-high definition (UHD) video.

November 9, 2017

Researchers develop flexible, stretchable photonic devices

Light-based devices could be used as biomedical sensors or as flexible connectors for electronics.

November 7, 2017

Flickr Update: Lam Research at MIT

November 7, 2017

October 31, 2017

Tec and Tech: fostering engagement on the international nano scale

Jose Antonio Fernandez Carbajal, Chair of the Board of the Tec de Monterrey, visits MIT.nano under construction.

October 30, 2017

Velasquez-Garcia Group's 3D-Printed Device Builds Better Nanofibers

Printed nozzle system could make uniform, versatile fibers at much lower cost.

October 6, 2017

Priyanka Raina receives ESSCIRC 2016 Best "Young Scientist" Paper Award

Under the supervision of Anantha Chandrakasan, Priyanka designs an accelerator for low power image deblurring.

September 28, 2017

MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node finds permanent home

"It really is about education - we brought MIT's entrepreneurship and making curriculum across the Pacific Ocean," Charlie Sodini, faculty director for the Innovation Node, says.

September 26, 2017

Prof. Jing Kong to serve as Associate Director of MTL

Kong's service as associate director effective immediately.

September 19, 2017

Former MIT President Paul Gray dies at 85 after lifelong career of service and leadership at the Institute

Guided by a passion for teaching, MIT's 14th president helped steer the Institute through decades of social change.

September 7, 2017

3Q: Anantha Chandrakasan on new MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab

Lab seeks to expand the boundaries of research on artificial intelligence.

September 7, 2017

Evelyn Wang joins leadership team in MechE

Microsystems Technology Laboratories Associate Director steps down to assume new role as Associate Department Head of Mechanical Engineering Department.

July 26, 2017

Flickr Update: MIT-Tecnológico de Monterrey Nanotechnology Program Visit to MTL

July 19, 2017

July 19, 2017

Bringing neural networks to cellphones

Method for modeling neural networks' power consumption could help make the systems portable.

July 12, 2017

Sameer Joglekar presented with CSMantech 2016 Best Student Paper Award

Paper judged to be outstanding by conference attendees from industry, academia, and government labs.

July 12, 2017

Zhi Hu wins RFIC 2017 Best Student Paper Award (2nd Place)

Under the supervision of Ruonan Han, demonstrates 1 THz radiation source array.

July 12, 2017

Miniaturizing the brain of a drone

Co-design of algorithm and computer hardware enables awareness of position in space with low power consumption.

July 6, 2017

New 3-D chip combines computing and data storage

Max Shulaker's research in MTL pursues new generation of computers for coming superstorm of data.

June 29, 2017

Anantha Chandrakasan named dean of School of Engineering

Head of Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and former Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories will succeed Ian Waitz.

June 22, 2017

Toward optical quantum computing using Si photonics

Prototype device built in Dirk Englund's lab enables photon-photon interactions at room temperature.

June 19, 2017

Flickr Update: MTL Graduation Reception

June 9, 2017

June 19, 2017

Flickr Update: MTL Graduation Photobooth 2017

June 9, 2017

June 19, 2017

Flickr Update: MTL End of Semester Barbecue

May 11, 2017

June 19, 2017

Flickr Update: SOE Infinite Mile Awards

May 15, 2017

June 14, 2017

New system allows optical "deep learning"

Neural networks could be implemented more quickly using new photonic technology.

June 9, 2017

Lisa Su, AMD CEO and MTL and EECS graduate, gives PhD hooding ceremony address

Lisa Su speaks fondly of falling in love with semiconductors through an undergraduate research project.

June 8, 2017

Allison Lemus wins SuperUROP Outstanding Research Project Award

Undergraduate research thrives at MTL!

June 5, 2017

MIT.nano Day at Analog Devices, Inc.

Thursday, June 1 • Wilmington, MA

June 5, 2017

Wenjie Lu wins Best Student Paper Award at Compound Semiconductor Week 2017 in Berlin

Wenjie presented his latest record InGaSb p-type FinFETs at CSW 2017.

May 23, 2017

MTL Luda Leoparde awarded the School of Engineering 2017 Infinite Mile Award for Excellence

The School of Engineering Infinite Mile Award recognizes extraordinary commitment, energy, and enthusiasm on the part of staff.

May 19, 2017

MIT $100K winner's optical chips perform AI computations at light speed

New optical chip architecture for artificial intelligence from Dirk Englund' and Marin Soljacic' labs wins MIT $100K competition.

May 15, 2017

MTL 2017 Spring Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (DDS)
by Dr. Yuhao Zhang

Congratulations to Dr. Yuhao Zhang who received the honor of delivering the Spring 2017 MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (DDS) on May 10, 2017.

May 12, 2017

Sandwiched between superconductors, graphene adopts exotic electronic states

Platform may be used to explore avenues for quantum computing.

May 8, 2017

Flickr Update: MEDRC 2017

May 4-5, 2017

May 3, 2017

Graphene has the potential to push the boundaries of high-pressure membrane separations

Mechanical Engineering Prof. Rohit Karnik and team show graphene can withstand high pressure.

April 20, 2017

Apoorva Murarka wins in Lemelson-MIT Program competition with a nano-membrane transducer

The technology can be applied to hearing aids and earphones.

April 19, 2017

Not stuck on silicon

Jeehwan Kim's research group uses graphene as a "copy machine" to produce cheaper semiconductor wafers.

April 12, 2017

Alex Guo presented with IEEE IRPS 2016 Best Student Paper Award

Selected from among 70 student presentations, Alex was awarded the 2016 IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium Best Student Paper Award.

April 12, 2017

MTL's Luqiao Liu and Ruonan Han win 2017 NSF CAREER Award

Each researcher will set out with at least a $500,000 award and a plan to make advances in engineering.

April 7, 2017

Multi-university effort will advance materials, define the future of mobility

With support from the Toyota Research Institute, MIT faculty will focus on next-generation energy storage.

April 6, 2017

New technique produces highly conductive graphene wafers

"Now we can really produce single-domain graphene at wafer scale."--Jeehwan Kim

April 4, 2017

Velasquez Group's paper on novel magnetic-less vacuum ion pump selected for the IOP Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering 2016 Highlights Collection

March 30, 2017

New findings by postdoc Do Han Kim, graduate student Priya Moni, and Professor Karen Gleason reported this week in the journal Nature Nanotechnology

Paper: "Sub-10-nm patterning via directed self-assembly of block copolymer films with a vapour-phase deposited topcoat."

March 27, 2017

DSM Day at MIT

A warm introduction to the community from the newest industry partner of MTL and MIT.nano

March 27, 2017

Flickr Update: DSM at MIT

March 23, 2017

March 7, 2017

Yu-Hsin Chen is recipient of SSCC Predoctoral Achievement Award

Presented recently to Yu-Hsin is the 2016-2017 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society Predoctoral Achievement Award

March 3, 2017

Lisa Su, Advanced Micro Devices president and CEO, to speak at 2017 Investiture of Doctoral Hoods

EECS alumna and industry leader returns to campus for the June 8 ceremony.

February 23, 2017

2017 Microsystems Annual Research Conference

Held at Omni Mount Washington Resort; Bretton Woods, NH

February 23, 2017

ISSCC 2017 Alumni and Friends Reception

San Francisco Marriott Marquis • February 6, 2017

February 22, 2017

Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain

Three-in-one design allows genetic, chemical, optical, and electrical inputs and outputs.

February 21, 2017

Millie Dresselhaus, Institute Professor Emerita, 1930-2017

"Queen of carbon science" and recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of Science led US scientific community, promoted women in STEM.

February 21, 2017

New resource for optical chips

Researchers show that silicon can reproduce physical phenomena exploited by high-end telecommunications devices.

February 21, 2017

Researchers devise efficient power converter for internet of things

Design reduces converter's resting power consumption by 50 percent.

February 17, 2017

MTL's Industrial Advisory Board meets on the MIT campus on Feb. 2, 2017

February 17, 2017

StartUP@MTL: a new event to showcase MIT startups with MTL roots

February 16, 2017

Flickr Update: CICS/MTL Reception at ISSCC

February 6, 2017

February 14, 2017

Flickr Update: MARC2017

January 31-February 1, 2017

February 14, 2017

Flickr Update: StartUP@MTL

February 2, 2017

February 14, 2017

Flickr Update: IAB2017

February 2, 2017

February 13, 2017

Faculty promotion for Vivienne Sze

Sze promoted to Associate Professor without tenure

February 10, 2017

Secure wireless chargers

New chip would thwart the counterfeiting that plagues the market for wired device chargers.

February 7, 2017

Engineers harness stomach acid to power tiny sensors

Anantha Chandrakasan and Phillip Nadeau together with researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have designed and demonstrated a small, ingestible voltaic cell that is sustained by the acidic fluids in the stomach.

January 23, 2017

Kripa Varanasi: Innovating at interfaces

MIT engineer's research on surfaces is improving everything from power plants to ketchup bottles.

January 20, 2017

New MTL Core Faculty: Jeehwan Kim

Text taken from an e-mail written by MTL Director Jesús del Alamo to MTL community

January 6, 2017

Palacios is named 2017 IEEE Fellow

Newly elevated IEEE Fellow Prof. Tomás Palacios is recognized for contributions to gallium nitride electron devices and two-dimensional materials.

January 4, 2017

MTL Welcomes Dr. Whitney Hess as MTL EHS Coordinator

Dr. Hess received Chemistry Ph.D. from MIT in December, brings extensive experience to MTL.

January 4, 2017

MTL 2016 Fall Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (DDS)
by Dr. Alex Guo

Congratulations to Dr. Alex Guo who received the honor of delivering the 2016 MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (DDS) on December 9, 2016.

December 19, 2016

New Movable Microplatforms Based on a Layer of Liquid Droplets

Prof. Evelyn Wang's new microelectromechanical system offers precise control over mirrors and stages.

December 15, 2016

MTL Faculty Play Integral Roles in Launching Rising Stars in Physics

The Rising Stars in Physics Workshop was organized by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero and inspired by Anantha Chandrakasan.

December 14, 2016

Prof. Charles Sodini playing key role in MIT's Innovation Node in Hong Kong

The MIT Hong Kong innovation node is energizing relations with the Shenzhen manufacturing ecosystem.

December 14, 2016

MTL's Charles Sodini: Connecting MIT with Community Resources

Clarence J. LeBel Professor Charles Sodini talks about the achievements of the Hong Kong Innovation Node.

December 13, 2016

Flickr Update: Lam Day at MIT

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December 8, 2016

Prof. John Hart's lab reports a new stamping technique to create nanoscale functional features

Engineers at MIT have invented a fast, precise printing process that may make electronic surfaces an inexpensive reality.

December 5, 2016

Smith awarded IEEE Noyce Medal

Henry Smith, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, recognized for contributions to field of nanofabrication.

December 2, 2016

Bold research visions recognized and rewarded

Four proposals from six MIT faculty members to receive Professor Amar G. Bose Research Grants.

November 18, 2016

Solid-state learning

First-year students get a spirited introduction to materials science and chemistry from Professor Jeffrey Grossman.

October 26, 2016

3-D-printed structures shrink when heated

Counterintuitive "metamaterial" may enable heat-resistant circuit boards.

October 20, 2016

Arterial blood pressure waveform monitor

MTL's Professors Hae-Seung Lee and Charles Sodini, along with EECS graduate students Joohyun Seo and Sabino Pietrangelo, share their development of an arterial blood pressure (ABP) waveform monitor as a next generation medical device.

October 13, 2016

Electron-phonon interactions affect heat dissipation in computer chips

Study shows particle collisions may explain overheated circuits, improve thermoelectric devices.

October 11, 2016

New kind of supercapacitor made without carbon

Energy storage device could deliver more power than current versions of this technology.

October 6, 2016

Nanoscale Dimensions & Increasing Innovation Density

Karen Gleason focuses on modifying surfaces on the nanoscale and translating those improvements to larger areas and higher volume commercial uses.

October 6, 2016

Manufacturing microspheres

Technique developed by Dr. Luis Velasquez-Garcia in MTL mass-produces uniform, encapsulated particles for pharmaceuticals, many other uses.

September 30, 2016

Nanosensors could help determine tumors' ability to remodel tissue

Measuring enzyme levels could help doctors select appropriate treatments.

September 16, 2016

Flickr Update: Patricia Burkhart's Retirement Party and Welcome Back Barbecue

Friday, September 9, 2016

September 13, 2016

MIT joins $171M public-private consortium on manufacturing flexible electronics

Government, industry, and academia partner to bring new generation of electronics to commercial scale.

September 13, 2016

Tiny gold grids yielding secrets

Summer Scholar Justin Cheng explores process in Berggren group for making ordered metal nanostructures that display interesting new properties.

September 7, 2016

Microchip enables fast, precise measurement of single-cell growth

Device that measures growth of many individual cells simultaneously could lead to rapid tests for antibiotics.

September 2, 2016

Rohit Karnik seeks sustainable solutions through nanotechnology

Engineer's designs may help purify water, diagnose disease in remote regions of world.

September 1, 2016

The Next Big Thing at MIT Will Be Very, Very Small

A world-class facility for nanoscale research is taking shape at the heart of campus.

August 30, 2016

Reducing runoff pollution by making spray droplets less bouncy

Varanasi group researchers find a way to make pesticides stick to leaves instead of bouncing off.

August 29, 2016

New solar cell is more efficient, costs less than its counterparts

Exposed in step-like formation, layers of new photovoltaic cell harvest more of sun's energy.

August 26, 2016

3-D printed structures "remember" their shapes

Heat-responsive materials may aid in controlled drug delivery and solar panel tracking.

August 24, 2016

Study reveals new physics of how fluids flow in porous media

Key flow mechanisms, crucial to carbon sequestration and fuel-cell operation, have been visualized.

August 24, 2016

MTL Staff Comings & Goings

MTL is now at full staff in administrative, technical positions.

August 23, 2016

A new eye on the middle ear

Shortwave infrared instrument from MIT could see deeper, help improve diagnosis of ear infections.

August 18, 2016

Duane Boning named head of Leaders for Global Operations program

Boning succeeds David Simchi-Levi as engineering faculty director of master's program.

August 18, 2016

New MTL Core Faculty: Max Shulaker

MTL welcomes Professor Max Shulaker, an expert on nanosystems exploiting emerging nanotechnologies.

August 15, 2016

Booting up spin-based device studies

Summer Scholar Grant Smith works to establish parameters for making ferromagnetic thin films in the Luqiao Liu lab.

August 9, 2016

Toward practical quantum computers

Built-in optics could enable chips that use trapped ions as quantum bits.

August 8, 2016

Replicating the connection between muscles and nerves

New chip could help test drugs for ALS, other neuromuscular disorders.

August 4, 2016

Martin Schmidt named Ray and Maria Stata Professor

MIT provost and leader in microscale and nanoscale fabrication appointed to the Ray and Maria Stata Professorship in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

July 27, 2016

New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity

New chemistry could overcome key drawbacks of lithium-air batteries.

July 8, 2016

Vivienne Sze earns an AFOSR Young Investigator Award for her work on Energy-Efficient High-Performance Computer Vision Systems

Vivienne Sze is building energy efficient and high-performance computer vision systems that can help with applications such as wearable vision, autonomous driving, UAV navigation.

July 1, 2016

Duane Boning named LeBel Professor

A leader in the field of manufacturing and design has been appointed the Clarence J. LeBel Professor of Electrical Engineering.

June 30, 2016

On-The-Spot Award presented by MIT's Environmental Health and Safety office to MTL's Bob Bicchieri

"Bob is a wonderful technical resource for EHS."

June 17, 2016

MTL Administrative Assistant Joseph Baylon
goes the Infinite Mile

The School of Engineering Infinite Mile Award recognizes extraordinary commitment, energy and enthusiasm on the part of staff.

June 15, 2016

New solar absorber could improve efficiency of solar thermal technology

Masdar Institute-MIT team develops device that harnesses more sunlight, enhancing efficiency of heat production.

June 10, 2016

School of Engineering awards for 2016

Junior Bose Faculty Award for Polina Anikeeva, Ruth and Joel Spira Awards for Excellence in Teaching for Luca Daniel, Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising for Duane Boning.

June 7, 2016

MIT to launch Hong Kong Innovation Node in June

Launch celebration and inaugural program for students marks the beginning of MIT's long-term presence in Hong Kong.

June 6, 2016

Flickr Update: MTL Graduation Reception 2016

June 3, 2016

June 6, 2016

MTL 2016 Spring Term Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (DDS)
by Dr. Bichoy Bahr

Congratulations to Dr. Bichoy Bahr who received the honor of delivering the 2016 MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (DDS) on May 18, 2016.

June 3, 2016

Micro & Nanosystems in Action at the
Microsystems Technology Laboratories

MTL joins in on the celebration of the century.

June 1, 2016

MTL organizes MIT Day at Tec de Monterrey

MTL and Tec researchers get together in Monterrey (Mexico) to discuss new applications of nanotechnology under the umbrella of the MIT-Tec nanotechnology partnership

May 27, 2016

Flickr Update: 2016 Infinite Mile Awards Ceremony

May 25, 2016 ceremony honored MTL staff member Joseph Baylon among others

May 27, 2016

Spin orbit electronics: From heavy metals to topological insulators

By Luqiao Liu, Robert J. Shillman (1974) Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: "We believe that spintronic devices with ultralow power consumptions could be finally achievable."

May 26, 2016

Flickr Update: MEDRC2016

May 5-6, 2016

May 26, 2016

A Quantum Internet of Things

By Dirk Englund, Jamieson Career Development Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Research Laboratory of Electronics

May 26, 2016

Hot new solar cell

System converts solar heat into usable light, increasing device's overall efficiency.

May 25, 2016

Jianqiang (Jerome) Lin receives Best Student Paper Award at Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Conference

Jerome's paper on CMOS-compatible Fabrication Process for Scaled Self-Aligned InGaAs MOSFETs is selected as the best.

May 25, 2016

Light can "heal" defects in some solar cells

Defects in some new electronic materials can be removed by making ions move under illumination.

May 18, 2016

New approach to sorting cells

Microfluidic device distinguishes cells based on how they respond to acoustic vibrations.

May 9, 2016

Researchers find unexpected magnetic effect

Combining two thin-film materials yields surprising room-temperature magnetism.

April 26, 2016

Tec de Monterrey students to fabricate nanoscale devices in MTL during the Summer

16 engineering students from the Tecnológico de Monterrey selected among more than 300. Will take intense one-week hands-on course in the clean rooms of MTL.

April 25, 2016

Flickr Update: MTL at MIT100 Open House

April 23, 2016

April 20, 2016

MIT.nano rising

MIT's future home for cutting-edge nanoscience and nanotechnology research gets fitted with 23 tons of steel per day.

April 19, 2016

Making electronics out of coal

Instead of burning up this complex hydrocarbon, let's make devices from it, says Jeffrey Grossman.

March 10, 2016

Sze receives 2016 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

Vivienne Sze recognized as outstanding junior faculty.

March 7, 2016

Jeffrey Grossman named 2016 MacVicar Faculty Fellows

Grossman awarded MIT's highest undergraduate teaching award.

March 3, 2016

Breaking through the bacteria barrier

New microfluidic device may speed up DNA insertion in bacteria, the first step in genetic engineering.

February 29, 2016

Solar cells as light as a soap bubble

Ultrathin, flexible photovoltaic cells from MIT research could find many new uses.

February 26, 2016

In Profile: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

Experimental physicist explores the wild frontiers of graphene and other ultrathin materials.

February 26, 2016

MTL Holds 2016 Microsystems Annual Research Conference (MARC2016)

February 26, 2016

Tec de Monterrey researchers exhilarated by nanotech challenges

February 23, 2016

Tisdale wins Sloan Research Fellowship

Tisdale among 126 selected from across the U.S. and Canada.

February 23, 2016

Liu appointed Shillman Career Development Chair

February 23, 2016

Tisdale and Buonassisi win Presidential Early Career Awards

Buonassisi and Tisdale honored with the U.S. government's highest award for young scientists and engineers.

February 19, 2016

MTL Holds 2016 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting

February 11, 2016

Chandrakasan receives honorary doctorate from KU Leuven

EECS Department Head Anantha Chandrakasan recognized as global authority in the field of electronic chip development by KU Leuven.

February 11, 2016

Flickr Update: CICS/MTL Reception at ISSCC 2016

February 1, 2016 at the San Francisco Marriott

February 8, 2016

Faculty promotions for Tomás Palacios and Dirk Englund

Palacios promoted to Full Professor; Englund promoted to Associate Professor without tenure

February 3, 2016

Video update: Wilson Architects

Wilson Architects (WA) at MIT course 6152J, a week-long orientation in cleanroom operations and micro nano process technologies.

February 3, 2016

Ludmila Leoparde promoted to Financial Officer, MTL Service Center

E-mail sent to community on February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016

Energy-friendly chip can perform powerful artificial-intelligence tasks

Advance could enable mobile devices to implement "neural networks" modeled on the human brain.

February 3, 2016

Hack-proof RFID chips

New technology could secure credit cards, key cards, and pallets of goods in warehouses.

February 2, 2016

A virtual "guide dog" for navigation

Low-power chip processes 3-D camera data, could enable wearable device to guide the visually impaired.

February 1, 2016

Video update: Thomas Heldt

Improving Physiological Models with Patient Data Streams

February 1, 2016

Video update: Anu Agarwal

Sensing is Widely Applicable Across Industries

February 1, 2016

Flickr Update: 2016 IAB Meeting

January 22, 2016 at MIT in Cambridge, MA

February 1, 2016

Flickr Update: MARC2016

January 20-21, 2016

January 29, 2016

New chip fabrication approach

Depositing different materials within a single chip layer could lead to more efficient computers.

January 22, 2016

Self-stacking nanogrids

Polymer nanowires that assemble in perpendicular layers could offer route to tinier chip components.

January 19, 2016

Local boy makes good

Michael Watts took two decades to make the 20-mile trip from suburban Hingham to tenure at MIT.

January 5, 2016

Zheng Zhang selected to give 2015 Fall Term MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar (DDS)

Dr. Zheng Zhang gave the 2015 Fall Term MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar talk on December 2nd, 2015. This honor is given to a recent PhD graduate that has used MTL's facilities or services in his or her research program at MIT.

December 23, 2015

Optoelectronic microprocessors built using existing chip manufacturing

High-performance prototype means chipmakers could now start building optoelectronic chips.

December 21, 2015

Study assesses solar photovoltaic technologies

MIT researchers recommend rapidly scaling up current silicon-based systems while continuing to work on other technologies.

December 18, 2015

Nanodevices at one-hundredth the cost

New techniques for building microelectromechanical systems show promise.

December 16, 2015

Flickr Update: Carolyn Collins Retirement Party

December 3, 2015

December 15, 2015

MTL Students, Alumni, and Faculty Win at IEDM 2015

IEDM is the premier conference in electron devices and it is a great honor to receive these awards at the plenary session.

December 11, 2015

Flickr Update: MTL Alumni & Friends Reception at IEDM 2015

December 8, 2015 • 6:00PM-8:00PM • Washington Hilton Hotel

December 8, 2015

Harvesting more energy from photons

Quantum process increases the number of electrons produced when light strikes a metal-dielectric interface.

December 3, 2015

Ionic Liquid Thrusters fabricated in MTL featured in cover of MRS Bulletin

ILTs hold the promise of propulsion in small satellites and eventually large space vehicles

December 2, 2015

Berggren and Ram named IEEE Fellows

IEEE Fellow is a distinction awarded to no more than one tenth of one percent of IEEE members in any one year.

November 30, 2015

Lam Research Day at MIT

November 16, 2015 at MIT

November 30, 2015

Flickr update: Lam Day at MTL

November 16, 2016

November 30, 2015

MTL Director Jesús del Alamo honored by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid with Doctor Honoris Causa

The honor was bestowed by the Rector of the University, Dr. Carlos Conde Lázaro in an elaborate and solemn celebration.

November 18, 2015

It takes a network

Rising Stars workshop helps women electrical engineers and computer scientists build a professional network, find jobs in academia.

November 17, 2015

Weng Hong Teh receives 2015 Ernst A. Guillemin Thesis Award

Award given for outstanding SM thesis in Electrical Engineering

November 16, 2015

Jianqiang Lin received the 2015 Best PhD Thesis Award in Electrical Engineering

Recent PhD graduate Jianqiang Lin received the 2015 Jin-Au Kong Doctoral Thesis Award (first place) for best PhD thesis in Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

November 11, 2015

Karen Gleason receives 2015 Charles M.A. Stine Award 

November 10, 2015

MIT announces "Innovation Node" in Hong Kong

Collaborative space will give students and faculty access to unique resources to accelerate innovation.

November 9, 2015

HARTING Joins MTL's Microsystems Industrial Group

HARTING, a global leader in the connector industry headquartered in Germany, has joined MTL's Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG). Mr. Jon DeSouza, President and CEO of HARTING, Inc. of North America, will be the MIG representative.

November 3, 2015

Desalination gets a graphene boost

Jeffrey Grossman applies new materials research to making desalination cheaper and more efficient.

November 2, 2015

New Core Faculty: Luqiao Liu

MTL welcomes Prof. Luqiao Liu. An expert in the properties of magnetic materials and their application to non‐volatile memory and spin based logics,his research aims to use spin based electronics to solve the power, scaling and speed issues associated with conventional semiconductor devices.

October 27, 2015

Bubble, bubble, at the flick of a switch

Researchers find a way to control the bubbles of boiling water using a small electric charge.

October 27, 2015

Chandrakasan appointed to Vannevar Bush Professorship

October 15, 2015

The second semiconductor revolution

Materials Day, Oct. 14, presents insights into the next generation of extremely thin, tough quantum materials for sensing, energy. and computing devices.

October 13, 2015

Big range of behaviors for tiny graphene pores

Like biological channels, graphene pores are selective for certain types of ions.

September 28, 2015

Jianqiang Lin recipient of 2015 Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation Award.

September 22, 2015

How to make large 2-D sheets

MIT-led team develops method for scaling up production of thin electronic material.

September 16, 2015

Antoniadis receives IEEE Jun-Ichi Nishizawa Medal

Dimitri Antoniadis, the Ray and Maria Stata Professor of Electrical Engineering, has received the 2015 IEEE Jun-Ichi Nishizawa Medal, an award honoring outstanding contributions to material and device science and technology.

September 15, 2015

MIT joins $171M public-private consortium on manufacturing flexible electronics

Government, industry, and academia partner to bring new generation of electronics to commercial scale.

September 11, 2015

Bubble, bubble ... boiling on the double

New analysis of textured surfaces could lead to more efficient, and less dangerous, power plants.

September 8, 2015

Silicon photonics meets the foundry

Lionel Kimerling, Rajeev Ram, and other MIT researchers explore practical ways to bring optical interconnection toward and directly onto chips.

August 31, 2015

Alex Guo Honored as Graduate Women of Excellence

August 28, 2015

MTL Day at Texas Instruments

Nine students visit Texas Instruments in Santa Clara, CA for MTL Day at TI.

August 28, 2015

Yu-Hsin Chen receives 2015 ADI Outstanding Student Designer Award, NVIDIA Fellowship

August 25, 2015

SMART Electronics Research

Eugene Fitzgerald pursues new models for innovation in electronics as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology.

August 12, 2015

Draper Joins MIT Microsystems Industrial Group

August 12, 2015

Sodini Receives HKUST Fellow Award from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

July 30, 2015

How to look for a few good catalysts

New research shows non-wetting surfaces promote chemical reaction rates.

July 30, 2015

Evelyn Wang to serve as MTL Associate Director

July 29, 2015

Making the new silicon

Gallium nitride electronics could drastically cut energy usage in data centers, consumer devices.

July 27, 2015

Consortium including MIT awarded $110M national grant to promote photonics manufacturing

Partnership of government, industry, and academia will pursue integration of optical devices with electronics.

July 21, 2015

Sherene Aram appointed new Administrative Officer for MTL

July 15, 2015

Solving mysteries of conductivity in polymers

Materials seen as promising for optoelectronics and thermoelectric devices finally yield their secrets.

July 2, 2015

Chemists design a quantum-dot spectrometer

New instrument is small enough to function within a smartphone, enabling portable light analysis.

July 1, 2015

Silicon photonics meets the foundry

Lionel Kimerling, Rajeev Ram and other MIT researchers explore practical ways to bring optical interconnection towards and directly onto chips.

June 30, 2015

LiquiGlide slides into consumer space

Startup brings nonstick coating to consumer goods packaging in major licensing deal.

June 24, 2015

Velasquez Group's work on advanced X-ray sources is featured in Scientific American Español

From Scientific American Español: At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research group lead by a Colombian-American is developing a revolutionary X-ray source that, for medical applications, allows capturing detailed images of veins and arteries without contrast media.

June 23, 2015

Toward tiny, solar-powered sensors

New ultralow-power circuit improves efficiency of energy harvesting to more than 80 percent.

June 8, 2015

Paper by Velasquez Group receives recognition by the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems

Paper reports demonstration of a low-cost, micro and nanotechnology-enabled, quasi-monochromatic X-ray source to capture absorption images of low-Z material structures such as soft tissue without any contrast media.

June 5, 2015

Unlocking nanofibers' potential

Prototype boosts production of versatile fibers fourfold, while cutting energy consumption by 92 percent.

June 5, 2015

MTL's Amr Suleiman places third at Broadcom research competition

Work could be applied in many embedded systems, such as automotive moving object detection, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and portable electronics.

June 4, 2015

A new tool measures the distance between phonon collisions

Tabletop setup provides more nuanced picture of heat production in microelectronics.

June 1, 2015

Two MTL students receive awards from the China Scholarship Council

Award presented by Consul General of the People's Republic of China

June 1, 2015

Thin coating on condensers could make power plants more efficient

Graphene layer one atom thick could quadruple rate of condensation heat transfer in generating plants.

May 31, 2015

Shireen Warnock selected for 2015 Texas Instruments Graduate Women's Fellow for Leadership in Microelectronics

Shireen is investigating the dielectric reliability of high-power GaN transistors

May 22, 2015

Dan Congreve selected for Spring 2015 MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar

Work presented on "Upconversion and Downconversion for Improved Photovoltaic Efficiencies."

May 22, 2015

How to make continuous rolls of graphene

New manufacturing process could take exotic material out of the lab and into commercial products.

May 21, 2015

Taking control of light emission

Researchers find a way of tuning light waves by pairing two exotic 2-D materials.

May 19, 2015

Probing graphene physics

MIT postdoc Javier Sanchez-Yamagishi charts quantum signatures of electronic transport in graphene.

May 14, 2015

Faster, smaller, more informative

Device can measure the distribution of tiny particles as they flow through a microfluidic channel.

May 7, 2015

MTL propulsion technology featured in Boston Globe

May 6, 2015

Watts promoted to Associate Professor with tenure

EECS Department Head announces promotions to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure effective July 1, 2015.

April 15, 2015

Pat Burkhart and Debb Hodges-Pabon honored with Infinite Mile Awards

Awards ceremony to take place on May 19th in the Grier Room from 3-5PM

April 14, 2015

MIT sensor detects spoiled meat

Tiny device could be incorporated into "smart packaging" to improve food safety.

April 9, 2015

Tunneling across a tiny gap

"Phonon tunneling" explains heat flow across nanometer-wide gaps, study finds.

April 8, 2015

Better sensors for medical imaging, contraband detection

Magnetic-field detector is 1,000 times more efficient than its predecessors.

March 26, 2015

Analysis sees many promising pathways for solar photovoltaic power

New study identifies the promise and challenges facing large-scale deployment of solar photovoltaics.

March 24, 2015

New kind of "tandem" solar cell developed

Researchers combine two types of photovoltaic material to make a cell that harnesses more sunlight.

March 23, 2015

With New Nonstick Coating, the Wait, and Waste, Is Over

A coating developed by a start-up company, LiquiGlide, makes the inside of a bottle permanently wet, allowing viscous fluids like ketchup to pour out easily.

March 20, 2015

Daniel and Kong faculty promotions announced in EECS

March 11, 2015

Electrospray thruster makes small satellites more capable

MIT spinout's electric-propulsion system improves maneuverability of small satellites.

February 25, 2015

MTL Day at Qualcomm

MTL Visit to Qualcomm: January 15, 2015

February 23, 2015

Radio chip for the "Internet of things"

Circuit that reduces power leakage when transmitters are idle could greatly extend battery life.

February 17, 2015

Tackling the "Achilles' heel" of OLED displays

Inkjet-printing system could enable mass-production of large-screen and flexible OLED displays.

February 11, 2015

MTL community marks successful MARC2015

In its new location at Quincy, MA, MTL's signature event continues to bring the MTL community together and to celebrate research achievements.

February 6, 2015

Jianqiang Lin winner of 2014 IEDM Best Student Paper Award

February 5, 2015

Four from MTL elected to National Academy of Engineering

New members include Profs. Anantha Chandrakasan, L. Rafael Reif, Karen Gleason, and Dr. Ghavam Shahidi

February 4, 2015

MTL Holds 2015 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting

February 3, 2015

Qubits with staying power

Technique greatly extends duration of fragile quantum states, pointing toward practical quantum computers.

January 29, 2015

Intrepid projects backed by Bose Grants

Five researchers--including MTL Director Jesús del Alamo and core faculty member Rajeev Ram--embark on high-risk ventures, supported by Prof. Amar G. Bose Research Grants.

January 19, 2015

New fibers can deliver many simultaneous stimuli

Implanted into the brain or spinal column, they can transmit drugs, light, and electrical signals.

January 15, 2015

Watching how cells interact

New device allows scientists to glimpse communication between immune cells.

January 15, 2015

del Alamo's 2008 paper selected as "one of the ten most influential papers presented at the International Electron Devices Meeting in the last decade"

January 13, 2015

Tonio Buonassisi seeks to make solar cells competitive

Mechanical engineering professor pursues a vision of a cleaner, more energy-efficient world.

January 9, 2015

Toward quantum chips

Packing single-photon detectors on an optical chip is a crucial step toward quantum-computational circuits.

January 5, 2015

Calling quantum dots to order

MIT chemical engineering graduate student Mark Weidman and colleagues demonstrate how to synthesize lead sulfide nanocrystals of uniform size.

December 22, 2014

Vivienne Sze receives DARPA 2014 Young Faculty Award

Sze's research focuses on energy-efficient multimedia systems

December 19, 2014

MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar by Dr. Allen Hsu

December 17, 2014

New law for superconductors

Mathematical description of relationship between thickness, temperature, and resistivity could spur advances.

December 17, 2014

Jesús del Alamo is named an American Physical Society Fellow

Citation "for fundamental contributions to the development of III-V compound semiconductor electronics"

December 11, 2014

Antoniadis is winner of 2015 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal

December 10, 2014

Paper by Velasquez Group receives recognition by the IEEE Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems

December 8, 2014

Detecting gases wirelessly and cheaply

New sensor can transmit information on hazardous chemicals or food spoilage to a smartphone.

November 19, 2014

Wenjie Lu earns 2014 Ernst Guillemin Award for Best Master's Thesis in Electrical Engineering

Awards given by department in Fall 2014

November 19, 2014

Running the color gamut

MIT spinout's quantum-dot technology makes LCD TVs more colorful, energy-efficient.

November 14, 2014

MTL > 30

MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories celebrates its 30th anniversary with a look backwards and a look forward

November 10, 2014

Nanoscale work yields big results

Silvija Gradečak's nanoscale work creates big-scale results that could transform energy production, storage, and lighting.

November 5, 2014

MechE-ChemE startup named Gold Winner at 2014 MassChallenge

DropWise manufactures hydrophobic coating for power plants that can significantly decrease CO2 emissions.

November 3, 2014

Extreme Materials and Ubiquitous Electronics

Tomás Palacios explores the application of novel materials in next-generation electronics to save energy and expand possibilities.

October 31, 2014

MIT and Tecnológico de Monterrey establish program in nanoscience and nanotechnology

October 31, 2014

Beating battery drain

Startup's power-conserving chip may increase smartphone battery life, save energy in cell towers.

October 23, 2014

Superconducting circuits, simplified

New circuit design could unlock the power of experimental superconducting computer chips.

October 7, 2014

Fast, cheap nanomanufacturing

Arrays of tiny conical tips that eject ionized materials could fabricate nanoscale devices cheaply.

October 6, 2014

Droplets made to order

New method allows microdroplets of any shape to form on a surface.

October 3, 2014

Lam Research Day at MTL

September 17, 2014

Prof. Dimitri Antoniadis receives the 2014 Aristotle Award from the SRC

Letter to MTL community from lab director Jesús del Alamo follows.

September 15, 2014

MTL Fall 2014 Newsletter: Director Greetings

Greetings from the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT! I am pleased to send you this newsletter with exciting research highlights, news and updates on recent and upcoming activities in MTL.

September 8, 2014

A lifelong relationship with the Institute

Newly tenured Evelyn Wang -- whose parents met at MIT -- studies heat transfer in materials.

September 4, 2014

New Core Faculty: Ruonan Han

MTL welcomes Prof. Ruonan Han. An expert in Teraherz electronics, he aims to bridge the "Teraherz gap"

September 3, 2014

MIT announces MIT.nano: Enabling 21st Century Innovation in Science, Technology and Systems in the Nano Scale

On April 29, 2014, MIT announced the launch of MIT.nano, a new facility that when finished will provide advanced capability for research and education across a wide range of nanoscale subjects.

September 3, 2014

Edwards Joins Microsystems Industrial Group

Promising partnership for collaboration, innovation between leading equipment manufacturer and MTL community

September 3, 2014

MTL/RLE Picture Day

Tuesday, September 16th, 2-14 is MTL/RLE Picture Day. While it's not obligatory, it's certainly very desirable for us to have professionally-shot photos of our students, faculty, and staff for usage in MTL publications such as our website. Very desirable, indeed: we hope very much to see you there!

September 3, 2014

Mass Spectrometry in Your Hand

Electrospray arrays can dramatically downsize systems and costs for onsite chemical analysis -- and many other applications.

September 2, 2014

A new way to diagnose malaria

Using magnetic fields, technique can detect parasite's waste products in infected blood cells.

August 25, 2014

MIT alumni Miles Barr and David He on MIT Technology Review's 2014 edition of "35 Innovators Under 35"

Nominees culled from public submissions or by MIT Technology Review's editors; outside judges rated originality and impact of work

August 14, 2014

MTL's Prof. Harry Lee awarded the 2014 Committed to Caring Award by Office of Dean for Graduate Education at MIT

Prof. Lee helps weave academic community together by fostering scholarship and mentoring students

August 6, 2014

New material structures bend like microscopic hair

Researchers say structures may be used in windows to wick away moisture.

August 5, 2014

MIT is betting big on small

Professor Vladimir Bulović spoke with WBUR reporter Bruce Gellerman this week about the $350 million MIT.nano facility that will transform the heart of MIT's campus--and everything else along with it.

August 1, 2014

"Active" surfaces control what's on them

Researchers develop treated surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move.

July 31, 2014

MTL team wins Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship

Team at the intersection of microelectronics and synthetic biology receives $100K for bio-sensors project

July 16, 2014

Getting a charge out of water droplets

Water condensing and jumping from a superhydrophobic surface can be harnessed to produce electricity.

July 15, 2014

Harnessing the Speed of Light

Nicholas Fang pushes the limits of light to improve performance in communication, fabrication, and medical imaging.

July 1, 2014

Separating finely mixed oil and water

Membrane developed by MIT researchers can separate even highly mixed fine oil-spill residues.

June 24, 2014

Researchers unveil experimental 36-core chip

Design lets chip manage local memory stores efficiently using an Internet-style communication network.

June 20, 2014

New ultrastiff, ultralight material developed

Nanostructured material based on repeating microscopic units has record-breaking stiffness at low density.

May 28, 2014

A new way to make sheets of graphene

Technique might enable advances in display screens, solar cells, or other devices.

May 28, 2014

Improving a new breed of solar cells

Quantum-dot photovoltaics set new record for efficiency in such devices, could unlock new uses.

May 19, 2014

Tisdale receives Baker Award for undergraduate teaching

Award given annually to MIT faculty member in recognition of his or her "exceptional interest and ability in the instruction of undergraduates"

May 19, 2014

Dr. Xiang Zhou's PhD research honored with the MTL Doctoral Dissertation Seminar

Talk title was "III-Nitride Nanowires and Heterostructures: Growth and Optical Properties at the Nanoscale"

May 19, 2014

MTL core members Buonasissi, Fang and Wang granted tenure

All have appointments in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

May 19, 2014

Debroah Hodges-Pabon receives 2013-2014 YMCA Achiever Community Service Award

Hodges-Pabon selected as an YMCA Achiever for her dedication to providing educational enrichment opportunities to urban youths to prepare them for college and careers

May 12, 2014

NIST awards $539,990 grant to photonics consortium

MIT Microphotonics Center joins iNEMI for 19-month project to develop technology road map.

May 8, 2014

Getting more electricity out of solar cells

New MIT model can guide design of solar cells that produce less waste heat, more useful current.

May 5, 2014

Institute announces final design for new nanotech laboratory

$350 million facility will stand in the current location of Building 12

April 30, 2014

New building will be a hub for nanoscale research

"MIT.nano," to be built in the heart of campus, will house advanced cleanroom, imaging, and prototyping facilities.

April 30, 2014

A molecular approach to solar power

Switchable material could harness the power of the sun -- even when it's not shining.

April 16, 2014

Paul McGrath and Vicky Diadiuk receive SoE awards

In an e-mail sent to the MTL community on April 15, MTL Director Jesús del Alamo announced that MTL staff members Paul McGrath and Vicky Diadiuk were recipients of 2014 MIT School of Engineering Infinite Mile Awards. These awards are given annually to individuals nominated by their departments for their outstanding work.

Paul McGrath is the MTL facilities specialist also serving as liaison with MIT Facilities. As such, Paul is in charge of the functionality and safety of Bldg. 39, one of MIT's most complex and heavily utilized buildings on campus. In addition, McGrath works with faculty, students and postdocs to facilitate the infrastructure and equipment of the private labs of MTL faculty. "Paul is a tremendous citizen of MTL, helping in many events in any capacity that might be required and always at the ready with his camera to document our varous activities," said del Alamo in the e-mail.

Update: View photos from the awards ceremony.

April 16, 2014

Excitons observed in action for the first time

Technique developed at MIT reveals the motion of energy-carrying quasiparticles in solid material.

April 2, 2014

Karen Gleason named Associate Provost

Brings 27 years' faculty experience and strong ties with industry

March 28, 2014

Buonassisi, Hart, Tisdale announced as MITEI seed fund award winners

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

March 26, 2014

William Tisdale receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

Award recognizes outstanding new faculty who excel in research, experience, and academic leadership

March 13, 2014

MTL Ph.D. Students Visit Maxim Integrated


MTL Ph.D. students visit Maxim Integrated. The Maxim host was Dr. Brian Brandt (back right)

On February 13, 2014, a group of eleven Ph.D. students from MTL visited the headquarters of Maxim Integrated in San Jose, CA after attending the International Solid-State Circuits Conference. The visit included presentations by, and discussions with, Maxim executives including the CEO and CTO. Technical presentations by senior Maxim engineers and demos of new products helped the students learn more about Maxim. In the afternoon four MTL students gave 30-minute presentations on their research and six additional students presented "two minute" research overviews. The final event of the day was a mixer with Maxim engineers and technical managers. The visit was very successful in building stronger ties between MTL and Maxim.

--Brian Brandt, Maxim Integrated

March 11, 2014

Two-dimensional material shows promise for optoelectronics

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

March 11, 2014

Less is more with next-generation medical X-rays

A new X-ray-generating chip from Luis Velasquez-Garcia's group will reduce the radiation from medical imaging

March 3, 2014

SRC and MIT Extend High Resolution Lithography Capabilities

Introduction of new directed self-assembly (DSA) techniques promise to help semiconductor manufacturers develop more advanced, less expensive components

March 2, 2014

How to create selective holes in graphene

New technique developed at MIT produces highly selective filter materials, could lead to more efficient desalination.

March 2, 2014

Personal health/wellness startup founded by MTL alums receives VC funding

Quanttus Dives Into Personal Health With $22M From Khosla, Matrix

February 27, 2014

MTL Holds 2014 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting

February 27, 2014

MARC2014 excites and inspires MTL community

MTL's signature event finds new home in Bretton Woods to celebrate research achievements, bring community together

February 17, 2014

ISSCC 2014: CICS-MTL Reception

February 11, 2014

Cochlear implants -- with no exterior hardware

A cochlear implant that can be wirelessly recharged would use the natural microphone of the middle ear rather than a skull-mounted sensor.

February 6, 2014

New Core Faculty: A. John Hart

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

February 5, 2014

Former MTL director Martin Schmidt named provost

Schmidt, named for one of MIT's most senior academic posts, first arrived at the Institute as a student in the early 1980s.

February 5, 2014

Vivienne Sze recipient of the 2013 RLE Jonathan Allen Junior Faculty Award

Award named in honor of Prof. Jonathan Allen, sixth director of the Research Laboratory of Electronics, for his dedication to mentoring and developing junior faculty members.

February 1, 2014

MTL Day at IBM

February 1, 2014

MTL Directors' Lunch

February 1, 2014

Introduction to 2014.2 Newsletter

Greetings from the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT! I am delighted to send you this newsletter with news and updates on recent activities of MTL.

It's been about four months since I was given the privilege of heading this remarkable organization. I have been associated with MTL my entire career at MIT. Nevertheless, my appreciation for MTL's research and educational mission, for the passion of participating students, postdocs and faculty, and for the dedication of its staff has grown tremendously in the last few months. I have also come to respect and admire more than ever before the invaluable legacy left by the generous and skillful leadership of past MTL Directors. A special note of thanks goes to Prof. Vladimir Bulovic, who passed the baton to me and who was recently named Associate Dean for Innovation in the School of Engineering at MIT.

As a new MTL Director, I am on a quest to personally pay a visit to each and every representative of the companies that are members of the Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG). I am about half way finished at the moment and hope to complete this soon. The MIG is one of the key enablers of MTL's mission. It provides us with vital financial as well as intellectual support and guidance. In MTL, we particularly enjoy the long-term presence of industrial visitors from MIG companies that are embedded into research programs, participate in thesis committees and facilitate many rich interactions between their colleagues and the students and faculty of MTL. We are grateful for the engagement and generosity of our MIG partners (see current list below).

This issue of the newsletter highlights recent research accomplishments of the MTL community. MTL research activities span an ever-widening range of materials, technologies, devices and systems with impact in an increasing number of application fields. This newsletter includes a feature article about our recent Microsystems Annual Research Conference (MARC2014) which took place in January at the historical Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. MARC is a student-run conference that brings together the broader MTL community to share recent research results and ideas and establish new links and acquaintances. Under the extraordinary leadership of PhD students Farnaz Niroui and Phillip Nadeau, MARC2014 reached new heights in excellence. This issue of the newsletter also showcases recent scientific and technical excellence awards received by members of the MTL community as well as a few significant outreach activities of the last few months. We also introduce Associate Professor John Hart of Mechanical Engineering as the latest core member to join the MTL community.

We are always happy to hear from our alumni and friends. Please send us a note with an update or drop by to visit. I am personally eager to receive your suggestions on ways to enhance MTL's operations and the impact of its activities on our community, our industry partners and the world.

Warmest regards,
Jesús A. del Alamo
Director, Microsystems Technology Laboratories

View our newsletter here

January 23, 2014

If This Startup Has Its Way, Your Next TV Won't Be An LCD

Kateeva, Inc., is a Silicon Valley startup founded in 2008 by MTL alums Conor Madigan, Jianglong (Gerry) Chen, Valerie (Leblanc) Gassend, together with Profs. Vladimir Bulovic and Martin Schmidt.  Growing out of the long-term partnership with then MIG-member-company Hewlett Packard, today's Kateeva "aims to radically reduce the cost of making flexible and large-scale OLEDs. [They've] pioneered a new inkjet printing manufacturing equipment solution that will enable such OLEDs to be produced over large areas and in high volume – with longer lifetimes, higher yields and lower costs.

Read full story here

January 22, 2014

How to tap the sun's energy through heat as well as light (VIDEO)

New approach developed at MIT could generate power from sunlight efficiently and on demand.

January 22, 2014

Weighing particles at the attogram scale

New device from MIT can measure masses as small as one millionth of a trillionth of a gram, in solution.

January 6, 2014

Making silicon devices responsive to infrared light

Laser doping method could enable new infrared imaging systems.

December 31, 2013

Graphene can host exotic new quantum electronic states at its edges

New approach to use of 2-D carbon material opens up unexpected properties, could unleash new uses.

December 20, 2013

Research update: Electric fields can push droplets from surfaces

New method developed at MIT could lead to near-doubling of heat-transfer efficiency from power-plant condensers.

December 18, 2013

Industry finds 'top-notch engineering students' in SuperUROP

Program launched last year brings students and faculty together for a chance to dive deeply into research projects

December 16, 2013

New graphene treatment could unleash new uses

MIT team develops simple, inexpensive method that could help realize material's promise for electronics, solar power, and sensors.

December 16, 2013

Best Proceedings Paper award at PowerMEMS 2013 to Dr. Velasquez-Garcia's group

Text taken from an e-mail written by MTL Director Jesús del Alamo to MTL community

December 16, 2013

Two awards for Palacios group at IEDM

Text taken from an e-mail written by MTL Director Jesús del Alamo to MTL community

December 13, 2013

Expediting Innovation (VIDEO)

Brian Anthony accelerates the realization of innovative medical electronic devices and other products through research and education.

December 7, 2013

Silvija Gradečak seeks to better the world through new materials

Looking for better materials for solar cells, LEDs, and other technology, one molecule at a time.

December 4, 2013

A leap forward in X-ray technology

New system could provide detailed images -- even of soft tissue -- from a lightweight, portable device.

November 20, 2013

Droplets break a theoretical time barrier on bouncing (VIDEO)

MIT research could aid ice prevention, wing efficiency, and more.

November 18, 2013

Fall 2013 Thesis Award Winner: Dr. Han Wang

StudentAwards-FacLunch-11-18-2013_DSC3282-300x200.jpgCongratulations to Dr. Han Wang who recently was awarded the Jin-Au Kong Doctoral Thesis Prize for Electrical Engineering at MIT (first prize). Prof. Tomas Palacios, supervisor and advisor, appears on his left, along with the department head of EECS, Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan and MTL Director, Prof. Jesus del Alamo are standing on the right.

"Two-Dimensional Materials for Electronic Application"

For more information, please find it here on the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science(EECS) department website.

November 12, 2013

Cooling when there's too much heat

MIT researchers make surfaces that are easier to cool under extreme heat; finding could benefit power plants, electronics.

November 7, 2013

Enhancing solar cells with heat

Thermophotovoltaic system converts high heat to narrow spectrum tailored to solar cell profile

October 28, 2013

Professor Jesús del Alamo to lead MTL

Letter from School of Engineering dean Ian Waitz confirms appointment as of October 28, 2013.

October 23, 2013

Grimson to assume key role in fundraising campaign; Schmidt to serve as acting provost

In new capacity, outgoing chancellor will ensure that faculty and student priorities are reflected in the coming capital campaign.

October 18, 2013

Letter announcing new associate deans for innovation

The following email was sent today to the MIT faculty by David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Ian A. Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering and the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

October 18, 2013

Reif announces plans to launch an MIT Innovation Initiative

President asks 19-member panel, led by professors Fiona Murray and Vladimir Bulović, to deliver recommendations on next steps by Jan. 31.

October 17, 2013

Vivienne Sze appointed as Landsman Career Development Assistant Professor

October 3, 2013

MTL Core Faculty Profile: Moungi Bawendi

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

October 2, 2013

New Core Faculty Profile: Vivienne Sze

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

October 2, 2013

New Core Faculty Profile: Karen Gleason

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

September 20, 2013

Water-shedding surfaces can be made to last

New approach to hydrophobic material could benefit power plants, cooling systems.

September 16, 2013

Graphene could yield cheaper optical chips

Researchers show that graphene -- atom-thick sheets of carbon -- could be used in photodetectors, devices that translate optical signals to electrical.

September 13, 2013

Controlling the growth of semiconducting nanowires

MIT doctoral candidate Sam Crawford has contributed to fundamental understanding of growth processes using metal seed particles.

September 6, 2013

Solar-cell manufacturing costs: innovation could level the field

Study shows that factors other than wages dominate trends in photovoltaic costs, raising the prospect of competitive manufacturing anywhere.

September 5, 2013

Personnel News, Summer 2013

Mara Karapetian promoted to MTL Manager of Media and Design and William (Bill) Holber, Ph.D. appointed as MTL's first Associate Director for Industrial Relations

September 4, 2013

Lam Research Taps MTL for Microelectronics Materials Research

Lam Research and MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) have extended a collaborative relationship started between the lab and Novellus Systems more than 15 years ago to conduct research and share information on next-generation semiconductor device manufacturing. Novellus was acquired by Lam Research in 2012.

August 16, 2013

Detecting early-stage malarial infection

New prototype device recognizes electrical properties of infected cells as signatures of disease.

July 31, 2013

In it for the long run

When Millie Dresselhaus won the prestigious Kavli Award last year, she put her money where her career has been.

July 22, 2013

Kripa Varanasi wins ASME Heat Transfer prize

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Kripa Varanasi was recently selected to receive the 2013 Bergles-Rohsenow Young Investigator Award in Heat Transfer. The award is being bestowed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for "developing a fundamental understanding of the role of surface chemistry and micro/nanoscale morphology on thermal and fluidic transport during phase change at multiple length and time scales using environmental scanning electron microscope-based experimental techniques, leading to scalable engineering surfaces for industrial applications."

July 18, 2013

Explained: Hydrophobic and hydrophilic

Better understanding of how surfaces attract or repel water could improve everything from power plants to ketchup bottles.

July 3, 2013

High potential

Tomás Palacios investigates use of 'extreme materials' in electronics, which could reduce energy consumption and make computers far faster.

June 27, 2013

Solar power heads in a new direction: thinner

Atom-thick photovoltaic sheets could pack hundreds of times more power per weight than conventional solar cells.

June 27, 2013

Transparent solar cells

Generating power from everyday surfaces

June 21, 2013

Better droplet condensation could boost power efficiency (VIDEO)

Improved system for power plants uses oil-infused condenser surface to improve heat-transfer properties.

June 21, 2013

Ferroelectric-graphene-based system could lead to improved information processing

New system uses two-dimensional structures to guide plasmonic waves at ultrashort wavelength, offering a new platform for memory and computer chips.

June 17, 2013

Holding the salt

MIT graduate student David Cohen-Tanugi works to improve water filtration, desalination.

June 14, 2013

Making Waves with Microfluidics

Joel Voldman engineers cutting-edge approaches to stem cell signaling, point of care therapeutics, and neuroengineering.

May 29, 2013

Balance is key to making quantum-dot solar cells work

MIT team finds that the ratio of component atoms is vital to performance.

May 29, 2013

Solving a semiconductor riddle

New observations of material disprove leading theory about LED brightness, opening new avenues for research.

May 17, 2013

New Core Faculty Profile: George Barbastathis

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

May 16, 2013

Stacking 2-D materials produces surprising results

New experiments reveal previously unseen effects, could lead to new kinds of electronics and optical devices.

May 16, 2013

MIT's Fab Lab Shares the Wealth

Designing and fabricating custom semiconductor devices for next generation research.

May 15, 2013

Making frequency-hopping radios practical

Dana Weinstein and Laura Popa have developed new hardware that could lead to wireless devices that identify and exploit unused transmission frequencies, using radio spectrum much more efficiently.

May 13, 2013

MTL Carnival

Tuesday, 5/14/13 • Noon-2pm
Walker Memorial lawn


Games! Barbecue! Tim the Beaver! Cotton candy!
Fun for MTL students, faculty, staff, and affiliates alike!

May 13, 2013

Core Faculty Profile: Jeffrey Grossman

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

May 9, 2013

William Tisdale wins Early Career Award

Tisdale honored by Office of Science of the Department of Energy.

April 18, 2013

Special deal on photon-to-electron conversion: Two for one!

New technique developed at MIT could enable a major boost in solar-cell efficiency.

April 11, 2013

Explained: Nanowires and nanotubes

Tiny filaments and cylinders are studied for possible uses in energy, electronics, optics and other fields.

April 3, 2013

Prof. Duane Boning among MIT faculty recognized for Russian engagement

Six MIT faculty members from across the Institute have been appointed to one-year terms as Skolkovo Foundation Professors. The MIT-based appointments recognize significant engagement in the collaboration between MIT and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow.

The pilot recipients are Regina Barzilay, Skolkovo Foundation Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering; Duane Boning, Skolkovo Foundation Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; David Gamarnik, Skolkovo Foundation Professor of Operations Research; Fiona Murray, Skolkovo Foundation Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship; Bruce Tidor, Skolkovo Foundation Professor of Computer Science and Biological Engineering; and Forest White, Skolkovo Foundation Associate Professor of Biological Engineering.

Faculty were informed of the appointments by MIT Vice President Claude Canizares; terms began on Jan. 1 and continue through 2013.

As faculty lead for the MIT Skoltech Initiative, Boning hopes that the honor draws attention to other opportunities for MIT faculty and researchers to work with Skoltech. "I am grateful for the support and excited about what it represents for the MIT community. The collaboration with Russia is creating new ways to experiment, from support for collaborative research and course development, to sabbatical and leave opportunities in Moscow," he says.

Tidor, who advises on faculty search, adds, "The mission to create a new innovation-based university in Moscow is compelling. Working cross-culturally with colleagues, developing a global recruiting strategy, and trying to build some of the best features of MIT in a different place is exciting, challenging, and rewarding. In working to create an effective environment for faculty recruitment, our search committees have become a mechanism for bridging departments and exchanging ideas within MIT and for building global and local networks."

Working with Skoltech faculty and leadership, the six recipients have helped launch joint research, innovation and educational programs, MISTI-Russia activities, and other mechanisms for collaboration.

--MIT Skoltech Initiative; 4/2/2013

April 1, 2013

Jarillo-Herrero named ONR Young Investigator

Assistant professor at MIT is among 16 recipients nationwide, one of two from MIT.

March 27, 2013

New solar-cell design based on dots and wires

MIT researchers improve efficiency of quantum-dot photovoltaic system by adding a forest of nanowires.

March 19, 2013

Leading the Charge

Jongyoon Han is engineering ion imbalances to clean water and activate neuroprosthetics.

March 8, 2013

MIT 'cheetah' robot rivals running animals in efficiency (VIDEO)

Robot's custom-designed electric motors are powerful and efficient.

March 4, 2013

MIT researchers develop solar-to-fuel roadmap for crystalline silicon (VIDEO)

New analysis points the way to optimizing efficiency of an integrated system for harvesting sunlight to make storable fuel.

February 26, 2013

Startup Engineers See-Through Solar Cells

A spectrally selective approach could let tablets, e-readers, and windows turn light into power.

February 21, 2013

That's the way the droplets adhere (VIDEO)

New technique developed by MIT researchers provides first direct views of how drops and bubbles adhere to surfaces -- and how they let go.

February 21, 2013

MIT researchers build Quad HD TV chip

A new video standard enables a fourfold increase in the resolution of TV screens, and an MIT chip was the first to handle it in real time.

February 21, 2013


Quick, efficient chip cleans up common flaws in amateur photographs.

February 21, 2013

Chandrakasan honored at ISSCC's 60th Plenary Session

Anantha P. Chandrakasan earns prestigious award for outstanding contributions to his field.

February 13, 2013

A cooler way to protect silicon surfaces

New room-temperature process could lead to less expensive solar cells and other electronic devices.

February 7, 2013

Englund is appointed Jamieson Career Development Professor

Dept. Head Anantha Chandraksan announced the appointment of Dirk Englund as the Jamieson Career Development Professor. Prof. Englund joined the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department faculty in January 2013 as Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

February 7, 2013

Faculty promotions

Several MTL Core faculty receive promotions from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

February 1, 2013

Samsung rejoins MIG

Samsung Electronics is one of the world's largest electronic companies. Our company focuses on three business areas: semiconductors, digital media, and telecommunication networks. The Device Solution division is responsible for all of Samsung's semiconductor products, including DRAM, flash memory, smart cards, application processors, display device interfaces, CMOS image sensors, and ASIC for specific product applications. Since Samsung Electronics is an integrated device manufacturer, we are very interested in all kinds of semiconductor areas--not only for devices/processes, but also for design/sales.

Samsung Electronics has maintained a good relationship with MIT for a long time. The relationship between the Device Solution division and MTL via MTL's Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG) seems to be the best example of this good relationship. Eminent, brilliant professors from MIT offered us technical ideas and advice through this industry-academia collaboration, leading to some great achievements. Although Samsung was not involved with MTL's MIG for a few years, that did not affect Samsung's relationships with faculty research. Samsung Electronics rejoined the MIG in 2013 because of these valuable relationships at MTL and the resulting achievements. We will be expanding our cooperation with MTL for next-generation devices, processes, circuits and systems because MTL is a valued friend.

Thank you for your warm welcome. Meeting with old friends is always a comfortable, happy experience. I hope to continue a good relationship between MIT/MTL and Samsung for a long time. Thank you.

--Youngmin Shin, Samsung Electronics; Mara Karapetian, Microsystems Technology Laboratories

February 1, 2013

Toward practical compressed sensing

Researchers in Vladimir Stojanovic's group show how the vagaries of real-world circuitry affect the performance of a promising new technique in signal processing and imaging.

January 22, 2013

Bulovic is appointed to the Fariborz Maseeh Professorship in Emerging Technology

Maseeh chair previously held by President Reif

January 22, 2013

Rare earth oxides make water-repellent surfaces that last (VIDEO)

Ceramic forms of hydrophobic materials could be far more durable than existing coatings or surface treatments.

January 10, 2013

del Alamo cited for creating iLabs as recipient of 2012 EDS Education Award

Award given annually to an EDS member of the IEEE in recognition of innovations in electrical engineering education

January 9, 2013

Chips that can steer light

Record-setting 'optical phased arrays' could lead to better laser rangefinders, smaller medical-imaging devices and even holographic TVs.

January 8, 2013

Tiny tools help advance medical discoveries

MIT researchers are designing tools to analyze cells at the microscale.

January 4, 2013

Jumping droplets help heat transfer (VIDEO)

Scalable nanopatterned surfaces designed by MIT researchers could make for more efficient power generation and desalination.

January 3, 2013

Researchers demonstrate record-setting p-type transistor

New design for a basic component of all computer chips boasts the highest 'carrier mobility' yet measured.

December 21, 2012

Flexible, light solar cells could provide new opportunities

MIT researchers develop a new approach using graphene sheets coated with nanowires.

December 17, 2012

Harnessing solar energy

Novel approach by MTL core faculty member Evelyn Wang yields both electricity and heat.

December 10, 2012

Tiny compound semiconductor transistor could challenge silicon's dominance

MIT researchers develop the smallest indium gallium arsenide transistor ever built.

December 4, 2012

Varanasi selected as outstanding young manufacturing engineer by SME

MIT professor of mechanical engineering is one of just seven recipients of the award this year.

December 4, 2012

Perreault elected as IEEE Fellow

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) has elected EECS professor David Perreault to IEEE Fellow status. Professor Perreault is among a class of 297 selected for the class of 2013 IEEE Fellows. The IEEE grade of Fellow is conferred each year by the IEEE Board of Directors on a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

November 28, 2012

Martin Schmidt to oversee MIT's industry-facing offices

Associate provost will oversee Technology Licensing Office and Office of Corporate Relations; retains duties around space planning.

November 20, 2012

Making 'nanospinning' practical (VIDEO)

Nanofibers have a dizzying range of possible applications, but they've been prohibitively expensive to make. MIT researchers hope to change that.

November 8, 2012

Medical devices powered by the ear itself

For the first time, researchers power an implantable electronic device using an electrical potential -- a natural battery -- deep in the inner ear.

November 2, 2012

EECS celebrates the launch of SuperUROP

Collaboration between EECS and the MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) office and evolved out of the 2012 EECS strategic plan

October 22, 2012

A better way to shed water (VIDEO)

MIT researchers find that lubricated, nanotextured surfaces improved performance of condensers in power and desalination plants.

September 14, 2012

del Alamo receives Semiconductor Research Corporation 2012 Technical Excellence Award

Recognized for his key contributions to technologies that significantly enhance the productivity of the semiconductor industry

September 14, 2012

Core Faculty Profile: Nick Fang

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

September 11, 2012

Core Faculty Profile: Michael Watts

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

September 11, 2012

Core Faculty Profile: Evelyn Wang

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

September 10, 2012

Core Faculty Profile: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

September 7, 2012

Weinstein Receives Intel Early Career Honor

EECS professor and MTL core faculty member Dana Weinstein is the recipient of an Intel Early Career Faculty Honor from the Intel Corporation. The announcement was made official this week.

August 23, 2012

One-molecule-thick material has big advantages

MIT researchers produce complex electronic circuits from molybdenum disulfide, a material that could have many more applications.

August 17, 2012

MTL-developed 'microthrusters' could propel small satellites (VIDEO)

As small as a penny, these thrusters run on jets of ion beams.

August 16, 2012

Chandrakasan selected for 2013 IEEE Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits

Anantha P. Chandrakasan -- the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT and head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) -- is the 2013 recipient of the IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits. He was cited in the award for "pioneering techniques in low-power digital and analog CMOS design."

August 6, 2012

New study finds link between cell division and growth rate

Findings answer puzzling question of how cells know when to progress through the cell cycle.

July 24, 2012

Jarillo-Herrero among five PECASE winners at MIT

Jarillo-Herrero, four other MIT faculty among 96 winners

July 19, 2012

Chips with self-assembling rectangles

New technique allows production of complex microchip structures in one self-assembling step.

July 9, 2012

New chip captures power from multiple sources

System developed at MIT could combine power harvested from light, heat, and vibrations to run monitoring systems.

July 6, 2012

Researchers explain how dye-based nanotubes can help harvest light's energy

Tiny cylinders help reveal how natural-light-harvesting antennae collect light with exceptional efficiency.

June 26, 2012

Better surfaces could help dissipate heat

Heat transfer in everything from computer chips to powerplants could be improved through new analysis of surface textures.

June 21, 2012

All-carbon solar cell harnesses infrared light

New type of photovoltaic device harnesses heat radiation that most solar cells ignore.

June 20, 2012

Donghyun Jin awarded the ISPSD '12 Charitat Award-Runner-up at ISPSD, Belgium

June 19, 2012

Sharper ultrasound images could improve diagnostics (VIDEO)

New system developed at MIT allows precise measurements and tracking of disease progression.

June 8, 2012

MTL Graduation Reception

June 7, 2012

Teaching self-assembling structures a new trick (VIDEO)

MIT researchers produce 3-D configurations that could lead to new microchips and other devices.

June 1, 2012

Mechanical engineering's condiment-bottle coating gives waste the slip (VIDEO)

MIT $100K competition runner-up LiquiGlide developed out of Varanasi group

May 18, 2012

EBL Opening Breakfast

You are invited to the
Grand Opening Celebration for the MIT Electron-Beam Lithography Facility
Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10 AM
Bush Room, 10‐105

Breakfast will be served!
Eat, socialize, see the facility!

Microsystems Technology Laboratories | Research Laboratory of Electronics

May 16, 2012

L. Rafael Reif selected as MIT's 17th president

Former MTL director, Institute provost since 2005; has inspired innovation and played a critical role in the financial stewardship of the Institute.

May 9, 2012

Gradečak wins Nano Letters young investigator award

Materials science and engineering professor studies nanophotonics and electronics.

May 9, 2012

In search of new ways of producing nano-materials

Kong's research focuses on how to make and control novel forms of thin-film carbon.

April 30, 2012

MEMS Switches for Low-Power Logic

A modern twist on a trusted old technology--the electromechanical relay--could lead to ultralow-power chips

April 26, 2012

MTL Day at Applied Materials

April 18, 2012

Their Own Devices

MIT's Medical Electronic Device Realization Center forges a path connecting microelectronics and new health-care tools.

April 11, 2012

Del Alamo is awarded 2012 Intel Outstanding Researcher Award in Emerging Research Devices

Jesús del Alamo, the Donner Professor, MacVicar Faculty Fellow and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS‚ has been recognized by Intel with the 2012 Intel Outstanding Researcher Award in Emerging Research Devices for his "Feasibility Study of InGaAs-based Quantum-Well Field-Effect Transistors for Ultra High Speed, Low Power Logic Applications."

April 11, 2012

Chips as mini Internets

The data-routing techniques that undergird the Internet could increase the efficiency of multicore chips while lowering their power requirements.

April 6, 2012

How to corner the MEMS market

Government investment in the manufacture of micromachines could pay huge dividends, but in the meantime, MIT researchers are developing new fabrication techniques.

March 12, 2012

Transistors promise more powerful logic, more logical power

As the United States seeks to reinvigorate its job market and move past economic recession, MIT News examines manufacturing's role in the country's economic future through this series on work at the Institute around manufacturing.

March 8, 2012

Additive Boosts Organic Solar Cell Efficiency

Chemistry Prof. Tim Swager in collaboration with the MTL director Prof. Vladimir Bulović, graduate student Jose Lobez, and Dr. Trisha Andrew, constructed blended heterojunction polymeric photovoltaic cells that show 30% power conversion efficiency increase when doped with a small amount (0.25%) of a polymer additive. Additives that sit at the donor-acceptor interface "open a new direction to polymer solar cell research," says Prof. Yang Yang, an electronic materials researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles.

March 7, 2012

Lemerson-MIT Award for Solar Cells on Paper

Dr. Miles Barr, recent chemical engineering Ph.D. graduate, wins the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for his innovative work on paper solar cells. Funded by the eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center Dr. Barr combined the chemical vapor deposition of conductive polymer electrodes developed by the MTL affiliate Prof. Karen Gleason's lab and the organic solar cell technology developed in the lab of the MTL director Prof. Vladimir Bulovic to generate the new lightweight and flexible solar cells.

March 7, 2012

Core Faculty Profile: Kripa Varanasi

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

March 2, 2012

Core Faculty Profile: William Tisdale

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

February 29, 2012

Microchips' optical future

To keep energy consumption under control, future chips may need to move data using light instead of electricity -- and the technical expertise to build them may reside in the United States.

February 29, 2012

Making droplets drop faster (VIDEO)

New nanopatterned surfaces could improve the efficiency of powerplants and desalination systems.

February 17, 2012

SEMI Award for QD Vision Team

MTL faculty and graduate student alumni share the 2011 SEMI Award for North America. Profs. Vladimir Bulovic and Moungi Bawendi, with alumni Dr. Seth Coe-Sullivan, Dr. Jonathan S. Steckel, and their QD Vision colleague Dr. John Ritter were awarded the prestigious SEMI award, in recognition of QD Vision's "pioneering work in the commercialization of the colloidal quantum dot technology."

February 14, 2012

MEDRC Makes Health Gadgets for the Future (VIDEO)

Cell phones and computers have evolved by leaps and bounds in the last few decades. Now, it's time for medical devices to do the same. Right now, researchers are working on new gadgets to improve healthcare and help us save money on it.

February 10, 2012

Core Faculty Profile: Silvija Gradečak

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

February 7, 2012

Core Faculty Profile: Polina Anikeeva

This is part of an ongoing series about new MTL core faculty members.

February 3, 2012

Weinstein recipient of NSF Early Career Award

Dana Weinstein, assistant professor in the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and principal investigator with the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, MTL, has been selected to receive the National Science Foundation Early Career Award, effective Feb. 1, 2012. The award will fund a five year program that will both explore multi-GHz MEMS resonators using electromechanical transduction with integrated circuit (IC) transistors and incorporate a cohesive education and outreach plan for students from K-12 through undergraduate level to increase awareness and understanding of MEMS and Electrical Engineering.

February 2, 2012

Chandrakasan receives Standing Ovation Award from MIG

Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan was presented with a Standing Ovation Award at the MTL Industrial Advisory Group meeting in January 2012 to honor his five-year leadership of MTL.

January 3, 2012

Self-aware computing project named a 'world changing' idea by Scientific American

Project Angstrom selected by magazine's editors; featured in December issue

December 20, 2011

Edible Electronics?

MTL's fab inspires student Allen Hsu (TA for 6.012) to take his fab recipe into his kitchen. Allen executed a process recipe in his home oven and created a scrumptious cheat sheet for students in Prof. Charles Sodini's class.

November 9, 2011

Going with the flow

Biomimetic pressure sensors help guide oceangoing vessels.

October 12, 2011

Bulovic group receives Deshpande grant

A project led by MTL director Vladimir Bulovic was one of ten research projects named as Fall 2011 grant recipients from the Desphande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT. The center announced that it will award $668,000 in grants to ten MIT research teams currently working on early-stage technologies. The projects have the potential to make a significant impact on the global quality of life by revolutionizing materials, diagnostics, medical procedures, diabetes treatment, vision correction, high power electronics, solar energy efficiency, and software support.

October 11, 2011

MARC2012: Call for Titles, Registration now open!

The Call for Titles was announced today for MARC2012, the MTL Annual Research Conference. Registration for the two-day event is also now open. This year's conference will take place January 18-19, 2012 at the Waterville Valley Conference & Event Center in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

October 6, 2011

STMicroelectronics and MTL Unveil Ultra-Low-Voltage System-on-Chip for Medical, Wireless Sensor Networks and Mobile Applications

Extreme low voltage extends battery life in future wireless and implantable devices

September 29, 2011

Bulovic named director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories

Vladimir Bulovic, professor of electrical engineering and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, has been named director of MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). He will assume the position Oct. 1.

September 28, 2011

Palacios Wins PECASE Award

The White House announced on Monday that Tomas Palacios, the Emmanuel E. Landsman Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and principal investigator in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), was among the 94 young researchers awarded the 2011 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

September 14, 2011

Shake, rattle and ... power up?

A new MEMS device generates energy from small vibrations.

September 1, 2011

MIT announces new Center for Graphene Devices and Systems

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced the creation of the MIT/MTL Center for Graphene Devices and Systems (MIT-CG). This interdepartmental center, part of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), brings together MIT researchers and industrial partners to advance the science and engineering of graphene-based technologies.

August 3, 2011

INL-MTL Sponsored Workshop on Nanostructured Materials, Devices, and Systems

A joint International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory and Massachusetts Institute of Technology workshop was held at INL's facilities in Braga, Portugal Monday, July 18th 2011.

June 14, 2011

Chandrakasan named head of electrical engineering and computer science

Succeeds Grimson as leader of MIT's largest academic department

June 9, 2011

'Artificial leaf' moves closer to reality

MIT researchers develop a device that combines a solar cell with a catalyst to split water molecules and generate energy.

May 27, 2011

MIT, GE and Analog Devices partner on electronic medical device center

New research center will develop innovative medical technologies for next-generation medical electronic systems

January 6, 2011

Graphene electrodes for organic solar cells

Researchers identify technique that could make a new kind of solar photovoltaic panel practical.

November 8, 2010

Milliwatts with Mega Impact

Anantha Chandrakasan, director of MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories, sees big potential for electronics with tiny power needs.

September 23, 2010

Harry Lee is inaugural holder of EECS Advanced Television and Signal Processing Chair

On August 25, 2010, EECS Department Head Eric Grimson announced to colleagues the formation of a new endowed Chair, the Advanced Television and Signal Processing Professorship, made possible by EECS Professor Jae Lim, and given to EECS Professor Hae-Seung (Harry) Lee.

June 14, 2010

Palacios receives 2010 ISCS Young Scientist Award

EECS faculty member and principal investigator in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) Tomas Palacios has been selected by the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors, ISCS, committee to win the ISCS Young Scientist Award. He is cited for contributions to the development of mm-wave GaN high electron mobility transistors and their integration with silicon electronics.

IMG_3276.JPGTomas Palacios joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of MIT in September of 2006 as an Assistant Professor and a member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratory. He was a Telecommunication Engineer at the Polytechnic University of Madrid from 2001 and received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California - Santa Barbara in 2004 and 2006, respectively.

In 1997, Palacios joined the Institute for Systems based on Optoelectronics and Microtechnology (ISOM) in Spain. There, he worked on technology research, ultraviolet photodetectors, surface acoustic wave filters and high electron mobility transistors. In 2000, he worked in the Microelectronics Group of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN, Geneva) where he collaborated in the design of new Si transistors for radiation-hard and low noise electronics. In 2002, he joined Prof. Mishra's group at UCSB where he developed new transistors based on nitrides for mm-wave applications and he established the state of the art in high frequency and high power applications.

Palacios' research interests include the design, processing and characterization of new transistors based on wide bandgap semiconductors for power amplification and digital applications beyond 100 GHz. He is also very interested in the development of new concepts for biosensors and bioactuators as well as in the use of the unique properties of nitrides for power generation and conversion. When not at MIT, Palacios enjoys reading, listening to classical music, hiking and attending plays and concerts.

In the last few years, Palacios has received multiple awards like the Young Researcher Award at the 6th International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors, the Best Student Paper Award at the 36th Device Research Conference, the Lancaster Dissertation award, the European Prize Salva i Campillo to the "most promising European Newcomer to Engineering", etc. He is also author or coauthor of more than 70 scientific papers in international journals and conferences, one book chapter and several invited talks and patents.

Recently Palacios was awarded the DARPA Young Faculty Award (March 2008), the Office of Naval Research' Young Investigator Award (March 2009) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award (July 2009).

The ISCS Young Scientist Award was initiated in 1986, and the recipients have been selected by the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors Award Committee for technical achievements in the field of compound semiconductors made by a scientist under the age of forty.

Palacios received the ISCS award June 3, 2010 at the opening session of the ISCS 2010 in Kagawa, Japan.

May 14, 2010

MTL Team wins Infinite Mile Award

The MIT School of Engineering hosted its 10th annual Infinite Mile Awards ceremony on April 28 to recognize and reward members of the school's administrative staff, support staff, service staff and sponsored research staff. The awards support the Institute's and the school's objectives for excellence. Among this year's honorees were MTL's Computation team of Mike Hobbs, Tom Lohman and Bill Maloney.

April 27, 2010

Weinstein receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- April 27, 2010 -- Dana Weinstein, a core faculty member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT, received the 2010 Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on April 22, 2010. DARPA's Defense Sciences Office grants this award annually to junior faculty conducting research in the areas of the physical sciences, engineering and mathematics. The award is administered by DARPA's Defense Sciences Office and Microsystems Technology Office.

April 9, 2010

Pushing droplets around

MIT researchers find a way to make drops on a surface move in just one direction, with possible applications ranging from biology to electronics

March 11, 2010

Revolutionizing medicine, one chip at a time

Low-power computer chips allow engineers to design wearable and implantable devices to monitor patients.

February 26, 2010

Mechanical devices stamped on plastic

Microelectromechanical devices gave us the Wii and the digital movie projector. MIT researchers have found a new way to make them.

February 16, 2010

Power from motion and vibrations

Forget about batteries. The ability to harness electricity from tiny vibrations could power a new generation of electronic devices.

February 11, 2010

Self-powered sensors

Harvesting electricity from small temperature differences could enable a new generation of electronic devices that don't need batteries

February 3, 2010

Microsystems Technology Laboratories team wins award for tiny steam generator

Device has applications for portable pump systems and space

January 19, 2010

Joel Dawson wins top national early-career honor

MIT professors Joel Dawson, Markus Buehler, and Scott Sheffield were honored on January 13, 2010 at the White House as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest award bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.

January 6, 2010

Straining Forward

Nanowires made of 'strained silicon' -- silicon whose atoms have been pried slightly apart -- show how to keep increases in computer power coming.

December 22, 2009

Paul Gray named 2010 IEEE Founders Medal recipient

MIT President Emeritus Paul E. Gray has been named the recipient of the 2010 IEEE Founders Medal in recognition of his "exemplary career of leadership in education, research and public policy," the IEEE, the world's largest technical professional association, recently announced.

December 8, 2009

Life after silicon

Researchers in MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories are making the case for using exotic materials to help microchips keep improving.

December 3, 2009

MIT team wins innovation award from Institution of Engineering and Technology

MIT was named winner of the Software in Design Innovation Award at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Innovation Awards 2009 on Nov. 25 in London.

November 30, 2009

Selling chip makers on optical computing

By designing chips that can be built using existing fabrication processes, MIT researchers show that computing with light isn't so far fetched.

October 28, 2009

A new way to measure muscle

MIT engineer Joel Dawson and colleagues built a handheld probe that could help doctors monitor muscle atrophy in patients with Lou Gehrig's Disease and other ailments.

September 16, 2009

Two chips in one: MIT team finds a way to combine materials for semiconductor manufacture

MIT team finds a way to combine materials for semiconductor manufacture. The advance helps address the limitations of conventional silicon microprocessors.

July 27, 2009

INL-MIT Research Positions at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, a recently formed international research organization registered in the UN, is seeking strongly motivated Researchers to join its new facility in Braga, North of Portugal ( INL central lab facilities are presently being built and w ill open in late 2009 (100 million euros investment for an expected research community of around 400 people at full operation).

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July 21, 2009

Joel Dawson receives award from White House

Joel Dawson was one of 100 researchers named by President Obama as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers on July 9, 2009. The recipient scientists and engineers will receive their awards in the Fall at a White House ceremony.

June 18, 2009

Complete atom-by-atom transistor simulation run in 15 minutes

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A simulation of electrical current moving through a futuristic electronic transistor has been modeled atom-by-atom in less than 15 minutes by Purdue University researchers.

June 5, 2009

Palacios named ONR Young Investigator

The Navy's Department of Naval Research (ONR) has named Tomas Palacios, an assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science, as one of its 15 new Young Investigators.

June 5, 2009

MIT Engineering and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory launch research collaboration

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today began a major new collaboration that will enrich each institution's research activities in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

May 12, 2009

Prof. Hae-Seung Lee named new MTL Associate Director

Prof. Hae-Seung "Harry" Lee was named as a new Associate Director for the Microsystems Techology Laboratories on May 11. The announcement was made by the MTL Director, Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan, via an e-mail sent to the MTL Community.

"It is my pleasure to announce a new Associate Director for MTL, Prof. Hae-Seung (Harry) Lee. Harry, who currently serves as the Director of the MTL Center on Circuits and Systems, will be involved in a number of core MTL activities including helping with industrial relations and MTL publications," said Chandrakasan in his e-mail.

Lee has pioneered several analog-to-digital circuit techniques such as digital calibration and comparator based switched capacitor design and has demonstrated benchmark results. Although Lee's research focus is in integrated circuit design, he also has a background in fabrication. As a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley, Lee developed a new CMOS process flow for the then new 3-inch fab and fabricated a A/D converter chip which achieved unprecedented 15 bit accuracy. Lee also developed a BiCMOS process in MTL's Integrated Circuit Laboratory (ICL) in the 1980s.

Lee will join the other Associate Directors, Prof. Judy Hoyt (Associate Director of Fabrication and MTL Safety Officer), Prof. Jesus A. del Alamo (Associate Director of Computation), Dr. Vicky Diadiuk (Associate Director for Fabrication Operations) and Mr. Samuel Crooks (MTL Administrative Officer and Associate Director of Finance).

April 30, 2009

MTL welcomes Veeco Instruments to its Industrial Group

logo_veeco.gifThe Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Veeco Instruments (Plainview, NY) have recently announced that Veeco Instruments has joined the Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG), an exclusive member industry consortium.

April 29, 2009

MTL team wins SoE Infinite Mile Award

The MTL operations team of Dan Adams, Ryan O'Keefe, and Tim Turner was given the Infinite Mile Award for Team Excellence from the MIT School of Engineering during the school's ninth annual awards ceremony on April 29, 2009. The team was cited by Personnel and Operations Administrator Debroah Hodges-Pabon for "[being] instrumental in supporting operational and educational goals of MTL and the Institute. They also provide additional help upon request with major MTL events." Congratulations, gentlemen!

March 20, 2009

New material could lead to faster chips

New research findings at MIT could lead to microchips that operate at much higher speeds than is possible with today's standard silicon chips, leading to cell phones and other communications systems that can transmit data much faster.

March 12, 2009

Chandrakasan honored for semiconductor work

Anantha Chandrakasan, director of MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories, today received the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award.

March 6, 2009

Bulovic named MacVicar fellow

Professor Vladimir Bulovic is one of two professors from the School of Engineering and another two from the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences who were named MacVicar Faculty Fellows this year in recognition of their innovative teaching practices and accomplishments.

December 17, 2008

Nano-Pillars Tipped for Success

Scientists at MIT have no shortage of applications for their dense arrays of high-aspect-ratio single-crystal silicon columns. The team believes that its nano-tipped vertical pillars could be ideal as electrical ballast for field emission sources, as porous media for nanofluidic systems or even as invasive probes for tissue studies.

November 25, 2008

Boosting the power of solar cells: New MIT research could lead to higher output, lower cost

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — New ways of squeezing out greater efficiency from solar photovoltaic cells are emerging from computer simulations and lab tests conducted by a team of physicists and engineers at MIT.

November 10, 2008

EECS associate professor wins early career award

EECS Associate professor of electrical engineering and principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics, RLE, and the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, MTL, Joel Voldman was awarded the Young Innovator's Award -- for exceptional technical advancement and innovation early in his career -- at the 12th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS, sponsored by the American Chemical Society, ACS. Voldman is the first recipient of this award.

August 15, 2008

MIT nears logic goal with transistor record

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have produced the highest-ever current-gain cutoff frequency (fT) field-effect transistor, in researching towards a successor to silicon CMOS for computing.

July 11, 2008

MIT opens new 'window' on solar energy

Imagine windows that not only provide a clear view and illuminate rooms, but also use sunlight to efficiently help power the building they are part of. MIT engineers report a new approach to harnessing the sun's energy that could allow just that.

June 9, 2008

MIT Develops a 'Paper Towel' for Oil Spills

A mat of nanowires with the touch and feel of paper could be an important new tool in the cleanup of oil and other organic pollutants, MIT researchers and colleagues report in the May 30 online issue of Nature Nanotechnology.

June 6, 2008

Schmidt to succeed Gibson as associate provost

Professor Martin Schmidt of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has been appointed Associate Provost, Provost L. Rafael Reif announced this week.

April 29, 2008

Joel Dawson wins NSF Career Award

Joel L. Dawson, core member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, has won a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program will provide $400,000 over five years to support his group's work in cutting-edge wireless transceiver architectures. The title of his proposal was "Digitally-assisted Architectures for Next Generation RF Transceivers." The focus of the work is to exercise architectural design creativity, as well as leverage mathematical optimization techniques, to maximally exploit deep-submicron CMOS for high performance wireless communications.

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of the early career development activities of young faculty. The program is designed to recognize young scholars who demonstrate most effectively the integration of research and teaching within their organizations.

More information about the research activity in Prof. Dawson's group can be found at

April 25, 2008

Landsman gift aids electric energy-related engineering at MIT

A $4 million gift by Emanuel E. Landsman '58, SM '59, ScD '66 and his wife, Sheila E. Landsman, to the MIT Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems (LEES) and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) will provide a career development professorship, fellowship support and UROP funds in the fields of power electronics and electric energy-related engineering.

April 16, 2008

Tomas Palacios wins DARPA Young Faculty Award 2008

Tomas Palacios, core member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) has been awarded the DARPA Young Faculty Award for his project "On-Wafer Integration of Nitride and Silicon CMOS Electronics." This project focuses on the seamless integration of GaN and Si transistors on the same wafer to take advantage of the very high critical electric field and electron velocity of GaN transistors and the capabilities of Si MOSFETs. This integration will result in very significant performance improvements in power electronics, analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters and other mixed-signal circuits.

March 12, 2008

Smart pillbox could be a lifesaver

An MIT student and collaborators have designed the uBox, a 'smart' pillbox that dispenses pills, alerts the patient that it's time to take the medication, records the time the pill was taken and prevents double-dosing.

February 11, 2008

Ethernet inventor to kick off MTL Seminar Series

The Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) Seminar Series kicks-off at 4PM on Tuesday, March 4, with a talk by Dr. Robert M. "Bob" Metcalfe, venture capitalist and Ethernet inventor. The seminar will take place at 50 Vassar Street, room 34-101, Cambridge, MA.

February 4, 2008

Team develops energy-efficient microchip: Could lead to longer-lasting, self-charging cellphones, more

Researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments have
unveiled a new chip design for portable electronics that can be up to
10 times more energy-efficient than present technology. The design
could lead to cell phones, implantable medical devices and sensors
that last far longer when running from a battery.

February 1, 2008

MEMS@MIT announces nominations for the 2008 Senturia Prize

To: The MEMS@MIT Community
Re: Nominations for the 2008 Senturia Prize

We are now accepting nominations for the Third Annual Senturia Prize for Outstanding Thesis in Micro/Nanosystems. This prize is awarded yearly to a graduating doctoral student whose thesis has made outstanding contributions to their field. In addition to receiving an honorarium, the recipient will present a lecture on their research at the MNSS seminar on May 8, 2008.

January 10, 2008

MIT gas sensor is tiny, quick: Energy-efficient device could quickly detect hazardous chemicals

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Engineers at MIT are developing a tiny sensor that could be used to detect minute quantities of hazardous gases, including toxic industrial chemicals and chemical warfare agents, much more quickly than current devices.

November 27, 2007

Akinwande, Hoyt named 2008 IEEE Fellows

MTL Core faculty members Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande and Judy L. Hoyt were named as 2008 IEEE Fellows by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc (IEEE) Board of Directors on November 20, 2007. The fellowships will be effective as of January 1, 2008.

Akinwande was cited for "contributions to the development of digital self-aligned gate technology and vacuum microelectronic devices," and Hoyt was commended for "contributions to silicon-based heterostructure devices and technology."

October 16, 2007

Spotlight: MTL FFA Program is key resource for micro- and nano-fabrication in the Boston area

The MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) has established the Fabrication Facilities Access (FFA) Program as a key resource for micro- and nano-fabrication in the Boston Area. The MTL FFA Program enables trained personnel from participating companies to use the cleanroom facilities of the MTL. The program is open to both domestic and foreign companies.

August 30, 2007

Sodini receives LeBel Chair of Electrical Engineering

MTL professor Charles Sodini is one of the latest holders of the LeBel Chair of Electrical Engineering, announced Professor Eric Grimson in an e-mail dated August 27 to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty. The LeBel chair was established by the estate of the late Clarence Joseph LeBel in 1965. The two previous holders of the chair are Amar Bose, who held the chair from 1965 to 1977, and Ken Stevens, who held the chair from 1977 until his retirement this past June. "A recent decision has enabled MIT to split the chair into two new chairs, to which John [Tsitsiklis, professor, EECS; the other chair recipient named in the e-mail] and Charlie have been named," wrote Grimson.

August 16, 2007

MIT aims to optimize chip designs: Model could reduce fabrication costs

The computer chips inside high-speed communication devices have become so small that tiny variations that appear during chip fabrication can make a big difference in performance.

Those variations can cause fluctuations in circuit speed and power so the chips don't meet their original design specifications, says MIT Professor Duane Boning, whose research team is working to predict the variation in circuit performance and maximize the number of chips working within the specifications.

June 20, 2007

MTL alum Lisa Su joins Freescale

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has named Lisa Su as its new senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO).

June 14, 2007

Suresh is new dean of engineering

Subra Suresh, the Ford Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will succeed Institute Professor Thomas Magnanti as the next dean of the School of Engineering. Suresh will assume his new leadership role July 23.

May 11, 2007

Infinite Mile Award Winners Honored

Two MTL staff members were presented with Infinite Mile awards by the School of Engineering during a ceremony that took place on Thursday, May 10, 2007. The 2007 award winners from MTL are Research Specialist Kurt Broderick and Administrative Assistant Rhonda Maynard.

"The MIT School of Engineering is first in its class thanks to the outstanding efforts of its members, all of its members. It is important for us to pause to recognize, to celebrate, and to honor the people whose dedication, caring, and hard work make the School of Engineering a very special community," says Dean Thomas Magnanti on the school's Infinite Mile website.

Previous award winners from MTL include Samuel C. Crooks and Vicky Diadiuk in 2006, Carolyn Collins in 2005, and Debroah Hodges-Pabon in 2002.

March 16, 2007

Palacios team, other MTL affiliated research teams win Deshpande grant

The Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT has announced it is awarding $628,000 in grants to seven MIT research teams currently working on discoveries that could revolutionize medical diagnostics, X-ray technology, environmental cleanup, medical device technology, solar energy technology and electronics. Among these seven are Tomás Palacious, a core faculty member of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), and five affiliate faculty members of MTL.

March 6, 2007

Several MTL Core, Affiliate Faculty receive promotions

At a meeting held on Feb. 2, the Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation accepted President Susan Hockfield's recommendations for the promotion of 27 assistant professors to associate professor without tenure and of 14 associate professors with tenure to full professor. All promotions are effective July 1.

February 20, 2007

New analog circuits could impact consumer electronics

Advances in digital electronic circuits have prompted the boost in functions and ever- smaller size of such popular consumer goods as digital cameras, MP3 players and digital televisions. But the same cannot be said of the older analog circuits in the same devices, which process natural sights and sounds in the real world. Because analog circuits haven't enjoyed a similar rate of progress, they are draining power and causing other bottlenecks in improved consumer electronic devices.

Now MIT engineers have devised new analog circuits they hope will change that. Their work was discussed at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco Feb. 11-15.

February 13, 2007

MEMS@MIT announces nominations for the 2007 Senturia Prize

To: The MEMS@MIT Community
Re: Nominations for the 2007 Senturia Prize

We are now accepting nominations for the Second Annual Senturia Prize for the Best Thesis in MEMS/NEMS. This prize is awarded yearly to a graduating doctoral student whose thesis has made outstanding contributions to their field. In addition to an honorarium, the recipient will present a lecture on their research at the MNSS seminar on May 10, 2007.

February 6, 2007

MIT improves protein sorting with a new microchip

A new MIT microchip system promises to speed up the separation and sorting of biomolecules such as proteins. The work is important because it could help scientists better detect certain molecules associated with diseases, potentially leading to earlier diagnoses or treatments.

February 5, 2007

Texas Instruments CEO Challenges Engineering Students to Give Back

DALLAS (February 2, 2007) - "It's a great time to be an engineer," Rich Templeton, Texas Instruments president and chief executive officer, told engineering students Thursday evening at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "Today, the world is connected in a way never seen before. This means that a great idea can have global benefits."

January 23, 2007

MTL welcomes NEC to its Industrial Group

The Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NEC Corporation today announced that NEC has joined the Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG), an exclusive ten member industry consortium. MIG was founded in the 1980s to support MTL infrastructure and provide direction to the Microsystems Technology Laboratories research and educational objectives in consultation with the faculty. NEC is the first Japanese company to join the group.

December 8, 2006

Beyond silicon: MIT demonstrates new transistor technology

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--MIT engineers have demonstrated a technology that could introduce an important new phase of the microelectronics revolution that has already brought us iPods, laptops and much more.

October 30, 2006

Perrott named new Associate Director of CICS

(CAMBRIDGE, MA) - Professor Michael H. Perrott was appointed Associate Director the MIT Center for Integrated Circuits and Systems (CICS) effective September 1, 2006. Perrott also conducts research at the Institute's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL).

Perrott received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. His current research focuses on high-speed communication systems with an emphasis on phase-locked loop circuits.

October 16, 2006

Antoniadis Inducted to National Academy of Engineering

MTL faculty member Dimitri Antoniadis was formally inducted into the National Academy of Engineering on October 15, 2006, in a ceremony held during the National Academy of Engineering annual meeting in Washington, DC. This follows up a story previously published on the MTL News website on February 15, 2006.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

September 29, 2006

Palacios joins MTL, EECS faculty

(CAMBRIDGE, MA) - The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT welcomed its newest faculty member, Tomás Palacios, in September 2006. Palacios is also set to conduct research at the Institute's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL).

September 19, 2006

Engine on a chip promises to best the battery

MIT researchers are putting a tiny gas-turbine engine inside a silicon chip about the size of a quarter. The resulting device could run 10 times longer than a battery of the same weight can, powering laptops, cell phones, radios and other electronic devices.

September 12, 2006

MIT's molecular sieve advances protein research

New MIT technology promises to speed up the accurate sorting of proteins, work that may ultimately aid in the detection and treatment of disease.

Separating proteins from complex biological fluids such as blood is becoming increasingly important for understanding diseases and developing new treatments. The molecular sieve developed by MIT engineers is more precise than conventional methods and has the potential to be much faster.

July 27, 2006

Chandrakasan to lead Microsystems Technology Laboratories

Anantha Chandrakasan, the Joseph F. and Nancy P. Keithley Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been appointed director of MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories, effective Sept. 1, Dean of Engineering Thomas Magnanti announced this week.

June 20, 2006

New photos posted to MTL website

Photos from the 2006 MTL Graduation Reception are now online at

June 9, 2006

MTL Personnel Recognized in 2005-2006 Institute Awards

Some familiar names from MTL were among those presented with Institute Awards for the 2005-2006 academic year. The Awards Convocation was held on May 9, while others were awarded throughout the year.

June 1, 2006

Several Faculty Promotions for MTL Professors

The MIT Corporation's Executive Committee approved several promotions for faculty effective July 1.

May 23, 2006

Important Message from MTL Computation

As discussed in the MTL Users Meeting on April 20th (Download file), we are implementing a new password policy effective Tuesday, May 23nd. This is due to the fact that we have had a number of breakins in the last few months and we believe that our current password policy is not as strong as it should be. We have also taken other security measures to make the computing environment at MTL more secure, including upgrading our domain controllers to server-level hardware as well as some other changes that would be better left unsaid.

May 11, 2006

MTL Associate Directors go the Infinite Mile

MTL Associate Directors Samuel C. Crooks and Vicky Diadiuk were named among 21 others recipients as winners of the School of Engineering's annual Infinite Mile Award. The awards ceremony, held on Wednesday, May 10, 2006, honored several teams and individuals from the School of Engineering to a full crowd, with the ceremonies presided over by Dean Thomas L. Magnanti and Assistant Deans Sheila Kanode and Donna Savicki.

March 15, 2006

Del Alamo featured in latest issue of Technology Review

The March 15 issue of Technology Review includes an article by Kate Greene about Intel's exploration of alternative materials for chipmaking. MTL Associate Director Jesus del Alamo is quoted in the article regarding some of the hurdles faced by chipmakers when looking at compound semiconductors instead of silicon as the main material to make transistors. Professor del Alamo conducts research in microelectronic device technologies.

March 13, 2006

Equi joins MARCO MSD as Executive Director

Ted Equi has joined the MARCO MSD as Executive Director. He is on assignment at MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratory (MTL) as a visiting scientist from Intel Massachusetts, where Ted is a Director of Design in the Massachusetts Microprocessor Design Center part of the Enterprise Microprocessor Group. Ted has 25 years of semiconductor industry experience in manufacturing, development, and design working for Digital Equipment Corp, Compaq, HP, and Intel Massachusetts. He is a former member of Microsystems Industry Group Advisory Board and an MTL alumnus. Ted received his BSEE in 1981 and MSEE in 1984 with each of his thesis in the areas of process technology development impact on device characteristics.

March 8, 2006

Stojanovic named Doherty Professor

March 8, 2006

Vladimir Stojanovic, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been awarded the 2006 Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization from the MIT Sea Grant College Program. Every year, the program selects one or two new faculty members for a supplemental award of $25,000 per year for two years.

March 8, 2006

Student flutist winds up 10 years of MIT recitals

Lynn Heinemann, Office of the Arts
March 7, 2006

For the past decade, Ole Mattis Nielsen (S.B. 2001, S.M. 2002), a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, has made his flute recitals an annual event at MIT.

Wednesday evening, he will perform his 10th and final student solo recital at MIT, with a program that includes Walter Piston's Sonata for Flute and Piano (with Yukiko Ueno, piano), Astor Piazzolla's "Etudes tanguistiques," and Beethoven's Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola, opus 25 (with Professor Marcus Thompson, viola, and Sherman Jia '06, violin). The free concert is at 5 p.m. in Killian Hall.

March 8, 2006

Del Alamo named IEEE fellow

Professor Jesus del Alamo has been named a Fellow of the IEEE effective January 1, 2006.

As described in the IEEE Fellow Program website, the IEEE 'Grade of Fellow' is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. A brief citation is issued to new Fellows describing their accomplishments. Del Alamo is cited for "for contributions to microelectronic devices."

Excerpted from the EECS homepage

February 15, 2006

Dimitri Antoniadis elected to National Academy of Engineering

MTL faculty member Dimitri Antoniadis is one of two MIT professors among the 76 new members of the National Academy of Engineering.

February 10, 2006

ISSCC Paper Describes SRAM Device That Promises to Deliver Ultra Low Power to Battery Operated Products

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the prestigious International Solid States Circuit Conference (ISSCC), researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will present an ultra low power (ULP) 256 kilobit static random access memory (SRAM) test device manufactured in Texas Instruments' (NYSE: TXN) (TI) advanced 65-nm CMOS process. Developed for battery-operated devices where high performance and low power are critical, the SRAM features the industry's lowest reported voltage, and is being considered for TI's SmartReflex(TM) power management technologies for extending battery life of mobile products.

February 9, 2006

MLK Awards for MTL fiscal officer, student

MTL Fiscal Officer Acia Adams-Heath and graduate student Oluwamuyiwa Olubuyide were presented with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Awards at the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration held on Thursday, February 9, 2005. The theme of this year's awards breakfast was "Dr. King's Unfinished Agenda: A Call for Economic & Social Justice in the 21st Century."

February 8, 2006

MIT researchers fired up about battery alternative

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Just about everything that runs on batteries - flashlights, cell phones, electric cars, missile-guidance systems - would be improved with a better energy supply. But traditional batteries haven't progressed far beyond the basic design developed by Alessandro Volta in the 19th century.

Until now.

Work at MIT's Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronic Systems (LEES) holds out the promise of the first technologically significant and economically viable alternative to conventional batteries in more than 200 years.

February 2, 2006

MARC2006 Presentation Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Oral Presentation Awards at MARC2006:

Brian Ginsburg
Blaise Gassend
John Hart
Elliot Hui
Albert Lin
Brian McKenna
Muyiwa Olubuyide
Daniel Truque
Joyce Wu

January 20, 2006

New photos posted to MTL website

MTL Annual Research Conference 2005, MARCO Focus Center Review, and MTL-NEC Workshop photos are now online at

December 15, 2005

MARC2006 Registration Now Open

Registration for the MTL Annual Research Conference 2006 is now open. You may register by going to

November 28, 2005

Breaking News: Del Alamo Named IEEE Fellow

Professor Jesus del Alamo has been named a Fellow of the IEEE effective January 1, 2006.

As described in the IEEE Fellow Program website, the IEEE 'Grade of Fellow' is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. A brief citation is issued to new Fellows describing their accomplishments. Del Alamo is cited for "for contributions to microelectronic devices."

Excerpted from the EECS homepage

November 21, 2005

Antimony Gerhardt Memorial Service to be Held on 11/22

Dear MIT Community,

Please join with us Tuesday, November 22 at 12:00 noon in the Grier Room, 34-401, in remembrance of Antimony L. Gerhardt, who died on Thursday, November 17 as the result of an accident in her residence.


Professor Duane Boning, Associate Department Head
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Professor Martin Schmidt
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Director, Microsystems Technology Laboratories

October 27, 2005

MTL Graduate Named Semiconductor VP at IBM

MTL alumnus Lisa Su, an advisee of Professor Dimitri Antoniadis, was named vice president of the IBM semiconductor research and development center. This promotion makes her "one of the highest-ranking female executives in the U.S. chip industry," as reported by EETimes Online on October 26, 2005.

October 17, 2005

MARC2006: Call for Titles Begins

The Microsystems Annual Research Conference (MARC) 2006 Steering Committee opened up the Call for Titles for MARC '06. The conference will be held in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire from January 25-26, 2005.

October 11, 2005

2004-2005 MTL Annual Research Report Released Online

CAMBRIDGE, MA - The Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) Annual Research Report 2004-2005 edition was released today.

The report spans five major areas of research within MTL: Circuits and Systems, Emerging Technologies, Photonics, MEMS, and Molecular and Nanotechnology. The report contains "research abstracts from faculty and senior staff whom are associated with the MTL," says Professor Martin Schmidt, MTL Director, in the report's introduction. The contributors "come from more than 30 different departments, labs, and centers across the Institute."

August 22, 2005

MTL Summer Outing

View photos from the event...

July 25, 2005

Dawson named Soderberg Chair

MTL faculty member Joel Dawson was named to the Carl Richard Soderberg Career Development Professorship of Power Engineering by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The three-year appointment was effective July 1.

July 20, 2005

Chandrakasan named for Keithley Chair

Anantha Chandrakasan, a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Associate Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, was appointed as the next chair holder of the Joseph F. & Nancy P. Keithley Professorship in Electrical Engineering.

July 12, 2005

Former MTL Head L. Rafael Reif named MIT provost

President Susan Hockfield announced today that she has appointed Professor L. Rafael Reif as provost of MIT, succeeding Robert A. Brown, who is leaving MIT to become president of Boston University. Reif's appointment will be effective Aug. 1.

June 1, 2005

MTL Faculty and Students Awarded

Several faculty members and students affiliated with the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) received awards from the Institute during academic year 2004-2005 as reported in Institute Awards, a special section published by the MIT News Office on June 1, 2005.

May 18, 2005

New Technique may speed DNA analysis

by Lauren J. Clark, School of Engineering

Just as the printing press revolutionized the creation of reading matter, a "nano-printing" technique developed at MIT could enable the mass production of nano-devices currently built one at a time.

March 21, 2005

African students get web link to MIT labs

by Janet Wasserstein, Office of Foundation Relations

Students in Uganda, Tanzania and Nigeria can now perform sophisticated engineering and science experiments at MIT--without ever getting on a plane.

"If you can't come to the lab, the lab will come to you," said Jesus del Alamo, co-principal investigator on the Africa project and a professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Students at three African universities will be able to access five MIT labs via the Internet, thanks to an iLab Project partnership between MIT's Center for Educational Computing Initiatives (CECI), Makerere University (Uganda), the University of Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania) and Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria).

February 28, 2005

Can't Get to the Lab? Let the iLab Come to You!

Excerpted from "Can't Get to the Lab? Let the iLab Come to You!" by Lee Ridgway; IS&T Newsletter Volume 20, Number 3. January/February 2005.

For engineering and science students, hands-on experience in laboratories provides tremendous educational value. Ideally, a student lab would use state-of-the-art equipment like that found in the real world. It would also have multiples of the same equipment, so that all of the students could have timely access to the equipment and materials needed to get their lab work done. That is why educational institutions go to the expense and trouble of setting labs up for their students.

That expense - space, equipment, safety measures, maintenance, and support - is why schools usually don't have as many labs as they would like. This is where the Web comes in, as it has in so many other educational innovations over the past ten years. And this is where Prof. Jesus del Alamo, of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), comes in with iLab, an iCampus project to develop remote, online laboratories, or WebLabs. Project leaders for iLab are Prof. del Alamo and Prof. Steve Lerman, Director of the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives (CECI).

January 17, 2005

"25 Years of Really Cool Stuff" Includes MEMS (#11), OLEDs (#17), Nanotechnology(#21)

CNN collaborated with the Lemelson-MIT Program to produce a show about the top 25 innovations of the past quarter-century. The one-hour special "Top 25 Innovations" aired Jan. 16 and will be rebroadcast Saturday, Jan. 22. The show, hosted by Miles O'Brien, jump-starts a year-long celebration of the network's 25th anniversary.

December 3, 2004

MTL Winter Cultural Festival is Good Warm Up For Holiday Season

MTL students, faculty, and staff were invited to "come and warm up at the MTL Winter Cultural Festival" on December 3rd in the Grier Room.

November 17, 2004

Brevity is Soul of MTL List

The MTL Chamber Players performed a concert titled "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue," featuring music by Bach, Riegger, Harbison, Muczynski and Rutter in pieces all selected for their brevity. The concert was Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Killian Hall.

September 9, 2004

MTL Carnival Leaves Spirits High, Attendees Stay Dry

Despite a last-minute move indoors due to inclement weather, the student-organized MTL Carnival took place in the Marlar Lounge on Thursday, September 9.

August 26, 2004

New Faculty Member in EECS: Joel Dawson Joins the Microsystems Technology Laboratories

The Microsystems Technology Laboratories welcomes Joel L. Dawson, a new faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

June 30, 2004

Lab/Industry Collaborations Give Birth to New Visions

Imagine an HP printer that prints electronics and optical devices in sheet form either for large area displays or low cost electronics. This vision is the central theme of a newly formed partnership between the Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) of Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). Building from the established HP-MIT Alliance, MTL and IPG have developed a program and process to explore this compelling research vision. IPG has committed $1 million annually to this effort. Launched last year, the program involves several MIT School of Engineering faculty research groups in three major research projects. An HP resident scientist participates in the research on campus and helps to cultivate new proposals within this broad theme.

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