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Issue 2013.1


  1. Research News
  2. New Faculty Profiles
  3. MTL Start-up News
  4. Awards
  5. Events
  6. Recent Publications
  7. Seminars

Friends and colleagues,

We start the new year by celebrating achievements of our students and faculty at the MTL Annual Research Conference (MARC 2013)—which this year highlights 100 poster presentations, eight student talks, the keynote address by Dr. Lisa Su of AMD, and an evening talk by Prof. Tom Lee of Stanford.

In 2012, our core faculty membership grew to 44—spanning five academic departments—and we recently welcomed Samsung as our newest Microsystems Industrial Group partner. Below you will find reports on our latest technical achievements, and a news section with stories of recent successes of start-ups that grew out of MTL.

Happy New Year to you all,
Vladimir Bulović, MTL Director

Rare earth oxides make water-repellent surfaces that last (VIDEO)
January 20, 2013


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

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Chips that can steer light
January 9, 2013

steer light

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

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Tiny tools help advance medical discoveries
January 8, 2013

tiny tools

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

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Researchers demonstrate record-setting p-type transistor
January 3, 2013

solar cells

A new design for a basic component of all computer chips boasts the highest "carrier mobility" yet measured.

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Flexible, light solar cells could provide new opportunities
December 21, 2012

flexible solar cells

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

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Harnessing solar energy
December 17, 2012

solar cells

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

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Tiny compound semiconductor transistor could challenge silicon's dominance
December 10, 2012

image courtesy of researchers

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

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Medical devices powered by the ear itself
November 8, 2012


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

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Jumping droplets help heat transfer (VIDEO)
August 17, 2012

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

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EECS celebrates the launch of SuperUROP
November 2, 2012


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

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Martin Schmidt to oversee MIT's industry-facing offices
November 28, 2012

Martin Schmidt

Former MTL director and current associate provost will oversee the Technology Licensing Office and Office of Corporate Relations, which includes the Industrial Liason Program.

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Faculty Profile:
Tonio Buonassisi

January 2013

Tonio Buonassisi

Professor Buonassisi, heads an interdisciplinary laboratory focused on photovoltaic technologies.

His group invents, develops, and applies defect-engineering techniques over the entire solar cell process—from crystal growth to modules—improving the cost effectiveness of commercial and next-generation solar cells.

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Faculty Profile:
Dirk Englund

January 2013

Dirk Englund

Professor Englund's research leverages semiconductor technology to develop quantum technologies for information processing and precision measurements. His work addresses integrated photonic crystal devices and networks for quantum information processing and advanced optoelectronic devices based on cavity quantum electrodynamics.

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Start-Up News
QD VisionQuantum Dots get commercial debut in more colorful Sony TVs

The world's first high volume quantum dot product for LCD televisions produces a TV picture with the most radiant reds, brilliant blues, and gorgeous greens. » READ MORE...
Eta DevicesEta Devices cracks power amplifier efficiency problem

A new amplifier device from Joel Dawson and David Perreault cracks a decades-old efficiency problem.
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Arctic SandArctic Sand Closes $9.6M in Series A Funding
GE-ConocoPhillips-NRG Energy joint venture, Dialog Semiconductor, and financial investors back MIT spin-off targeting energy savings by transforming power conversion.
LiquiGlide logoA better way to shed water

MIT researchers find that lubricated, nanotextured surfaces improved performance of condensers in power and desalination plants.
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Duane Boning Boning among MIT faculty recognized for Russian engagement

The MIT-based appointments recognize significant engagement in the collaboration between MIT and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow.

Jesus del Alamodel Alamo receives 2012 EDS Education Award for creating iLabs

The award is given annually to an EDS member of the IEEE in recognition of innovations in electrical engineering education.
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Kripa VaranasiVaranasi selected as outstanding young manufacturing engineer by SME

The MechE professor is one of just seven recipients of the award this year.

David Perreault Perreault elected as IEEE Fellow

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.

Upcoming: MIT Day at Maxim

MTL students and faculty will visit Maxim headquarters in San Jose, California for a day of technical interaction with Maxim researchers on February 21, 2013.

Upcoming: MTL at ISSCC

We are delighted to invite you to the MIT CICS/MTL ISSCC reception on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm. This event will be located in the Club Room (Atrium Level) at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

Please RSVP to Debroah Hodges-Pabon no later than February 8, 2013 with the following information:

  • Name
  • Affiliation (faculty, student, alumni, industry, or friend of MTL)
  • Company
  • Email address
  • No. of guests

January 29, 2013!
Recent Publications
A Wearable Cardiac Monitor for Long-Term Data Acquisition and Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 60, no. 1, September 2012.
Scaling of High-Aspect-Ratio Current Limiters for the Individual Ballasting of Large Arrays of Field Emitters, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, Vol. 59, no. 9, pp. 2524 - 2530, September 2012.
Fine grain commutation: integrated design of permanent-magnet synchronous drives with highest torque density, International Conference on Electrical Machines, pp. 671-677, September 2012.
Energy extraction from the biologic battery in the inner ear, Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 30, pp. 1240-1243, September 2012..
Platform Architecture for Solar, Thermal, and Vibration Energy Combining with MPPT and Single Inductor, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Vol. 47, no. 9, pp. 2199-2215, September 2012.
Integrated Circuits Based on Bilayer MoS2 Transistors, Nano Letters, Vol. 12, no. 9, September 2012.
Co-polymer clad design for high performance athermal photonic circuits, Optics Express, Vol. 20, no. 19, pp. 20808-20813, September 2012.
A 2.4-GHz, 27-dBm Asymmetric Multilevel Outphasing Power Amplifier in 65-nm CMOS, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Vol. 47, no. 10, pp. 2372-2384, October 2012.
A facile route for 3D aerogels from nanostructured 1D and 2D materials, Scientific Reports , Vol. 2, November 2012.
Enhanced Condensation on Lubricant-Impregnated Nanotextured Surfaces, ACS Nano, Vol. 6, no. 11, pp. 10122-10129, November 2012.
Separation of Leukocytes From Blood Using Spiral Channel With Trapezoid Cross-section, Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 84, no. 21, pp. 9324-9331, November 2012.
Sub-30 nm Quantum-Well MOSFETs with Self-Aligned Metal Contacts and Sub-1 nm EOT HfO2 Insulator, IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, pp. 757-760, December 2012.
High Mobility High-κ-All-Around Asymmetrically-Strained Germanium Nanowire Trigate p-MOSFETs, IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, pp. 387-390, December 2012.
Three-dimensional multiwaveguide probe array for light delivery to distributed brain circuits, Optics Letters, Vol. 37, no. 23, pp. 4841- 4843, December 2012.
Graphene Cathode-Based ZnO Nanowire Hybrid Solar Cells, Nano Letters , Vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 233-239, January 2013.
Emergence of Colloidal Quantum-Dot Light-Emitting Technologies, Nature Photonics, Vol. 7, pp. 13-23, January 2013.
Development and testing of bio-inspired MEMS pressure sensor arrays for increased situational awareness by marine vehicles, Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 22, no. 1, January 2013.
Large-scale nanophotonic phased array, Nature, Vol. 493, pp. 195-199, January 2013.
Image-predicated sorting of adherent cells Using photopatterned hydrogels, Advanced Healthcare Materials, (ASAP) 2013.
MTL Seminar Series

The Spring 2013 MTL Seminar Series continues! Visit the seminar series homepage.
MTL Annual Research Report 2012

Now available online!