Earlier this week, Prof. Don Sadoway gave a talk about liquid metal batteries for large-scale energy storage and non lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications, at an event organized by the MIT Club of Northern California. GreenTech Media covered the talk. Updated: here's a video of the talk:
Self-oscillating gels are materials that continuously change back and forth between different states — such as color or size — without provocation from external stimuli. Irene Chen, a member of Prof. Krystyn Van Vliet's group, studies these gels to understand their behavior.