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Fri, 09/04/2020

necstlab researchers recently upgraded their in-lab wardrobe to assure safer working conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Take a look at these snazzy threads!

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Mon, 08/17/2020

Xinchen Ni and Reed Kopp gave an invited webinar entitled "Experimental Progressive Damage in Next-Generation and Nanoengineered Advanced Composites via X-ray Computed Tomography and Automated Segmentation Using Deep Learning" on August 17th to a US-COMP audience.  The invitation was extended to...

Tue, 04/28/2020

See how the the MIT Quest for Intelligence (https://quest.mit.edu/news/) has worked with Reed Kopp and others in necstlab, providing tools to tackle big data.  We acquired an early edition of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Spectrum for Spring...

Mon, 02/03/2020

Our out-of-oven curing processes recently made the news again in this write-up from AIAA's Aerospace America : 

https://aerospaceamerica.aiaa.org/departments/out-of-oven-curing/

Local copy of the...

Mon, 12/30/2019

This year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Metis Design Corp. collaborated to demonstrate an “out-of-oven” composite curing process that addresses the limitations of conventional oven- and autoclave-based processes. Those drawbacks include poor energy efficiency,...

Mon, 10/21/2019

Please take a moment to review our latest invited paper in MRS Advances :

Ni, X., Fritz, N., & Wardle, B. (n.d.).
In Situ Testing Using Synchrotron Radiation Computed Tomography in Materials...

Mon, 09/16/2019

Metis Design Corp. (MDC), longtime collaborator with necstlab on multifunctional CNT research, has won the prestigious “SHM in Action” industry award, announced last week at the International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (IWSHM 2019) for "The Most Practical SHM Solutions for...

Thu, 09/12/2019

The blackest black material was discovered recently by necstlab Postdoc Kehang Cui (now Prof. Cut at Shanghai Jiao Tong University) and reported in the journal ACS-AMI (http://news.mit.edu/2019/blackest-black-material-cnt-0913...

Thu, 09/12/2019

In necstlab’s continuing collaborations with NIST, quantitative 3D TEM morphological information has allowed thermal, electrical, and mechanical properties to be predicted for the first time for aligned nanofiber (here, carbon nanotubes, CNTs) polymer nanocomposites (PNCs).

See our recent...

Wed, 06/12/2019

Dr. Stephen Steiner III presented his novel work on aerogel technologies at our 25th NECST Consortium meeting - his work has also gained popular interest through a viral youtube video here (...

Fri, 06/07/2019

necstlab sends three for degrees at MIT's Commencement Ceremonies in June 2019.  Click through for pictures of Professor Wardle with Ashley Kaiser and Fred Daso, as well as Travis Hank at the end of the ceremony.

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Mon, 05/27/2019

Dr. Richard Li and a large team of researchers have been working towards a better understanding of nanocarbon synthesis for quite some time.  Please see the published results of their work in Angewandte Chemie; here is the document information from our Publications page:

Li, R., Antunes,...

Thu, 05/02/2019

"Morphology control of aligned carbon nanotube pins formed via patterned capillary densification" by MIT necstlab authors Ashley Kaiser, Itai Stein, Kehang Cui, and Brian Wardle, published in Nano Futures,...

Fri, 04/19/2019

Dr. Miso Kim returned to MIT for an informal research presentation to necstlab on 19 April 2019.  Dr. Kim is an MIT alumna who worked with Professors Dugundji and Wardle during her PhD on energy harvesting (granted in 2012), and is currently a senior research scientist at Korea Research...

Tue, 04/09/2019

 

Prof. Wardle had an opportunity recently to visit Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and...

Wed, 10/31/2018

Even when playing with CNTs, necstlab members work hard!  The above is a fun SEM image generated by Ashley Kaiser...

Mon, 10/15/2018

Xinchen Ni was selected as one of the Graduate Student Award Finalists for the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston and won the Graduate Student Silver Award. Congratulations, Xinchen!!!

The Special Talk Sessions were held on Tuesday, November 27 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.  More information...

Thu, 09/27/2018

Professor Wardle wrote chapter 4 of the newly published "Aerospace Materials and Applications" book (edited by Biliyar N. Bhat).  You can acquire your copy here:

  1. Aerospace Research Central - https://arc.aiaa....
Wed, 09/12/2018

The MIT News Office writes all the campus news that fits to print.  Check out their article on the Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) summer interns who tackle materials science challenges, contribute to faculty research labs, and gain new skills - all while being "Interns at the forefront of...

Wed, 06/06/2018

Professor Brian Wardle is confirmed as a Keynote lecturer at ICCE-26!   The ICCE conference is unique in that while it is an engineering conference, it has attracted numerous chemists, physicists and scientists from diverse fields in our efforts to promote interdisciplinary research on...

Sun, 06/03/2018

Professor Brian Wardle is confirmed as one of the Composiforum 2018 select few key note speakers!

To be hosted at Zaragoza, COMPOSIFORUM 2018 is the second industrial forum about composite and its applications, organised by the Aitiip Chair of University of Zaragoza. In this second...

Wed, 05/30/2018

Carolina Furtado, 3rd year student of the Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) and researcher at the Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering (INEGI), won one of the...

Wed, 05/02/2018

May 2018

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Office of Naval Research have awarded 2018 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships to two graduate students in Professor of...

Thu, 04/26/2018

When artists and engineers collaborate

Diemut Strebe, the artist in residence at the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, gave the conference’s keynote address, describing how art, science and technology interconnect in her works. In Sugababe (2014), Strebe...

Wed, 02/14/2018

MIT researchers Ashley Kaiser and Itai Stein create predictable patterns from unpredictable carbon nanotubes.

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Fri, 01/05/2018

This article previously appeared in the Autumn 2017 issue of Energy Futures, the magazine of the MIT Energy Initiative.

Mon, 11/13/2017

Our group's most recent paper (J. Mater. Sci. 2017) was selected for 'Editors' Pick' at the Journal of Materials Science for the December 2017 issue.

Mon, 10/16/2017

Trevor Paglen colllaborated with necstlab on The Last Pictures project while he was an artist in residence at MIT. He spoke at MIT...

Fri, 09/29/2017

The Institute for Ultra-Strong Composites by Computational Design (US-COMP) is a NASA Space Technology Research Institute awarded in 2017.

US-COMP will serve as a focal point for partnerships between NASA, other agencies, industry, and academia to: (1) enable computationally-driven...

Tue, 09/12/2017

Diemut Strebe, Ida Ely...

Fri, 09/01/2017

Carbon nanotubes lower the transformation temperature of glassy carbon, possibly aiding manufacturers, MIT researchers Itai Stein and Ashley Kaiser) report.

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Tue, 05/30/2017

Namiko Yamamoto, assistant professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was recently awarded $447,663 through the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Sea-Based Aviation Airframe...

Sat, 04/15/2017

Established in the late Dr. McNair’s honor by the Black Alumni/ae of MIT, the scholarship "recognizes a black undergraduate who has demonstrated...

Fri, 03/17/2017

“These materials we’re working with, which are commonly found in SU-8 and other hydrocarbons that can be hardened using ultraviolet [UV] light, are really...

Thu, 01/19/2017

Technology co-developed by Metis Design Corp. and necstlab in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts...

Wed, 12/21/2016

“You can think of each nanotube in the forest as being concentrically coated with different layers of polymer,” says Brian Wardle, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. “If you drew it in cross-section, it would be like rings on a tree.”

Sat, 10/01/2016

Aerospace engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown that carbon nanotubes can act like nanoscopic stitches to bind layers of composite materials and prevent delamination.

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Tue, 08/02/2016

The newest Airbus and Boeing passenger jets flying today are made primarily from advanced composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic — extremely light, durable materials that reduce the overall weight of the plane by as much as 20 percent compared to aluminum-bodied planes. Such...

Wed, 07/27/2016

University of Massachusetts Amherst chemical engineering major Ashley Kaiser joined MIT Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Brian L. Wardle's necstlab this summer with past experience in growing graphene and examining it with Raman spectroscopy.

Thu, 07/21/2016

MIT News Office, July 21, 2016

Adapting an old trick used for centuries by both metalsmiths and pastry makers, a team of...

Wed, 06/01/2016

Prof. Hai Duong, former Postdoc in necstlab, has invented an oil-absorbing "super material" from waste paper.

Asst Prof Duong, who introduced the material at a media briefing on Monday (Feb 1), told TODAY he was inspired after being challenged by a janitor at NUS on what could be done...

Tue, 04/12/2016

"If you really want to make an engineering structure, at this point it’s not practical to use graphene,” says Itai Stein, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. “Graphene oxide is two to four orders of magnitude cheaper, and with our technique, we can tune the...

Fri, 01/01/2016

Collaborative research between necstlab and Stanford University has been recognized as one of the best papers of 2015 in the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. necstlab and Prof. Ken Goodson’s group continue to work together on several topics, notably exploring heat transfer in...

Tue, 12/01/2015

MIT researchers have developed a composite manufacturing technique that does not require the use of large conventional ovens or autoclaves.

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Sat, 10/31/2015

The collaboration with NECSTLAB and Saab is highlighted in the article "Aerocomposites: The move to multifunctionality" under the section "Aligned CNTs and nanostitching".

Thu, 10/01/2015

Sunny Wicks' work is featured in the article "Structural nanocomposites for aerospace applications", in the Oct. 2015 MRS Bulletin.

Mon, 06/29/2015

ACS Editors' Choice: a collaborative work of NIST and NECSTlab featuring 3D images of real polymer/aligned carbon nanotubes composites. These images help understanding why do such composites develop their properties.

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Tue, 06/23/2015

Carbon nanotube film could let manufacturers “bake” aircraft composites without a giant oven.

NECSTLAB research is featured in Technology Review.

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Tue, 04/14/2015

necstlab featured on MIT homepage highlighting work of Itai Stein and Jeonyoon Lee.

Sat, 04/05/2014

Mackenzie Devoe has been selected to receive a $2,500 scholarship from The SVC Fund of the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation. In addition, she is invited to attend the April 2015 SVC...

Mon, 09/09/2013

Carbon nanotube deicing technologies developed at MIT's necstlab could be in flight tests as early as next year.

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Thu, 05/30/2013

necstlab featured on MIT homepagehighlighting work of Stephen Steiner and Richard Li.

These days, aerospace engineering is all about the light stuff: building airplanes with lighter wings, fuselage and landing gear in an effort to reduce fuel costs.

Advanced carbon...

Fri, 11/30/2012

Of all the images that have ever been made, would you be able to select just 100 to represent our species and human achievement? Trevor Paglen’s Last Pictures is a project to do not only that, but also launch those images into geosynchronous orbit around Earth – all so that long after humans are...

Tue, 02/28/2012

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are small devices with huge potential. Typically made of components less than 100 microns in size — the diameter of a human hair — they have been used as tiny biological sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes and actuators.

For the most part, existing...

Tue, 05/24/2011

Antidefects nanotubes

[Translation from French] Nanotubes to visualize defects of damaged airplane or wind turbine pieces:  such is the vision of some physicists at MIT, in the US. They used the fact that nanotubes heat up when in the path of an electric current. By...

Tue, 05/24/2011

Roberto Guzman de Villoria's article on enhanced thermography made the journal highlights list for 2011.

Tue, 05/24/2011

Analytical extraction of residual stresses and gradients in MEMS structures with application to CMOS-layered materials
F Fachin, S A Nikles, J Dugundji and B L Wardle
2011 J. Micromech. Microeng. 21 095017
doi: 10.1088/0960-1317/21/9/095017

Mon, 03/28/2011

Catching cancer with carbon nanotubes

A Harvard bioengineer and an MIT aeronautical engineer have created a new device that can detect single cancer cells in a blood sample,...

Thu, 03/24/2011

Seeing below the surface

Infrared themographic image of a nanoengineered composite heated via electrical probes (clips can be seen at bottom of image). The scalebar of...

Sun, 01/23/2011

Visions of the Future is a 6-part BBC documentary. In Part 2, "The Quantum Revolution", Dr. Michio Kaku visits NECST researchers A. John Hart, and Steven Steiner.

Fri, 12/24/2010

Congratulations to Miso Kim and John Dugundji for being included in the 20 most cited articles published in 2010 in Smart Materials and Structures, which contributed significantly to the Impact Factor.

Modeling and experimental verification of proof mass effects on vibration...

Sun, 10/10/2010

Express Lanes for IONS

Actuators are devices that convert electrical energy into mechanical energy, such as the battery-powered device inside a cell phone that causes the phone to...

Mon, 08/10/2009

Carbon nanotubes - tiny, rolled-up tubes of graphite - promise to add speed to electronic circuits and strength to materials like carbon composites, used in airplanes and racecars. A major problem, however, is that the metals used to grow nanotubes react unfavorably with materials found in...

Thu, 06/04/2009

BECAUSE they are both strong and lightweight, composite materials made from carbon fibres are the darlings of engineers in the aerospace industry. Unfortunately, such materials deteriorate over time. Wind and rain attack the glue that sticks the layers of carbon fibres together. As a consequence...

Tue, 03/24/2009

In March, 2009, Dr. Michio Kaku returned to MIT for an extensive interview with NECST Director, Brian L. Wardle. for a new Science Channel series based on Dr. Kaku's book, "Physics of the Impossible".

Professor Wardle appeared in two episodes involving carbon nanotubes: "Designing a Light...

Wed, 03/04/2009

MIT engineers are using carbon nanotubes only billionths of a meter thick to stitch together aerospace materials in work that could make airplane skins and other products some 10 times stronger at a nominal increase in cost.

Wed, 10/01/2008

A Nano Art website by A. John Hart

Nanobliss is a gallery of visualizations of small-scale structures of carbon nanotubes and silicon, created by John Hart and collaborators. The dimensions of these structures range...

Thu, 09/18/2008

Making Nanomaterials Better, Faster And More Accessible

Stephen Steiner wants to make nanotechnology more accessible to speed up the innovation process. The inclination to think big goes back to...

Sat, 12/01/2007

Aerospace America, December 2007, Structures pgs 80-81

Aerospace America, December 2006, Structures, pgs. 74-75

Thu, 05/24/2007

Plastics: The NECST Generation by Pontus Nordin

”Plastics.” The one-word career advice given to Dustin Hoffman’s young movie character Benjamin in the 1967 film The Graduate. Back then,...

Tue, 04/24/2007

Tiny Takes Over - Nano-Future Revisited

Imagine yourself traversing the barren landscape of a sweltering alien world – a land thirty times hotter than the hottest summer day you have ever...