New catalyst, made of inexpensive and abundant materials, could prove useful in rechargeable batteries and hydrogen-fuel production. Above, Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Student Jin Suntivich (left) and Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Kevin J. May (right) inspecting the electrochemical cell for oxygen evolution reaction experiment. Photo: Jonathon R. Harding
A team of MIT students built an electric bike to enter the Isle of Man TT Race this month, using custom batteries supplied by Prof. Yet-Ming Chiang. The eSuperbike came in fourth; learn more from the MIT News Office.
MIT researchers have developed a new technique to recharge batteries more quickly, using an innovative architecture called a semi-solid flow cell, in which solid particles are suspended in a carrier liquid and pumped through the system. This research comes from work performed by Professors Craig Carter and Yet-Ming Chiang and their collaborators Mihai Duduta, Bryan Ho, Pimpa Limthongkul, Vanessa Wood, Victor Brunini, Prof. Angela Belcher, Prof. Paula Hammond (ChemE), and Rutgers University Professor Glenn Amatucci.
This week, Prof. Yet-Ming Chiang will receive the American Ceramic Society with the ACerS 2009 Corporate Technical Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement in field of ceramics, particularly in founding A123 Systems. A cover story in the ACerS Bulletin describes how Prof. Chiang became a materials scientist and the history of A123 (Oct. 2009). DMSE Alumni/ae and friends will recognize many names of instructors, colleagues, and friends.
Auto manufacturer Chrysler said this week it has chosen A123Systems, a Watertown company based on technology developed at MIT, to make batteries for its new Envi line of electric and hybrid cars.
A123Systems was co-founded in 2001 by Yet-Ming Chiang, the Kyocera Professor of Ceramics in MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Several of the company's key early employees also came from MIT.
A team of MIT researchers including Profs. Angela Belcher, Gerd Ceder, and Michael Strano of Chemical Engineering have shown they can genetically engineer viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery. Angela Belcher holds a display of the virus-built battery she helped engineer. The battery -- the silver-colored disc -- is being used to power an LED.