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Issue 2013.5


  1. Research News
  2. New Faculty Profiles
  3. MIG News
  4. From the Fab
  5. Start-up News
  6. Awards
  1. Events
  2. Also of Note
  3. Recent Publications
  4. Short Circuits
  5. Seminars

Friends and colleagues,

MTL’s research and innovation missions are focused by close interactions with our industry partners, so we filled our spring semester with technical encounters that took place on the MIT campus and off: In February we held MTL Day at Maxim Integrated in San Jose, Calif. and then hosted Maxim President and CEO Tunç Doluca’s annual visit to MTL in March. A visit to Lam Research in Freemont, Calif. treated us to (now frequent) encounters with successful MTL alums, and we feasted our technical interests during the tour of Lam’s latest 300 mm tools.

Early semester visits by Intel and Foxconn delegations exposed MTL students to technical opportunities at our partner companies. And an MTL seminar series talk by Sami Kiriaki of Texas Instruments was the prelude to an inspiring visit to TI’s Kilby labs in Dallas, masterfully organized by our TI colleague and MTL liaison Dennis Buss. To this we added an early-year visit to Qualcomm by President Rafael Reif and myself, and an engaging meeting at MTL with Qualcomm’s founder Irwin Jacobs. Multiple conversations with Ray Stata, co-founder of Analog Devices, provided great insights into technologies that will redefine the 21st century. The additional visit to MTL of a TI delegation led by Steve Lyle opened a number of collaborative opportunities.

In May, Rob Gilmore, MTL Qualcomm liaison, introduced us to Greg Wright, who presented an elegant seminar on “Energy and power in the mobile computing world.” One week later, Marco De Fazio, STMicroelectronics’ liaison to MTL, staged a visit of Bruno Murari, who shared wisdom accrued over the decades in “From More Moore to More than Moore.” We topped May’s activities with annual gatherings of the Center for Integrated Circuits and Systems (CICS) and the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC), which convened many great speakers and informed even more attendees from MIT and beyond.

These technical encounters fueled much innovation. Just take a look below at some of the latest news from the MTL innovation factory, and then send us a note with updates on alumni, start-ups, or your other technical activities.

To all I wish a productive summer,

Vladimir Bulović, MTL Director

Balance is key to making quantum-dot solar cells work
May 24, 2013

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

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Solving a semiconductor riddle
May 24, 2013

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

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TI and MIT collaborate on researching material that could be the next big thing that powers devices—
including yours

May 21, 2013

Imagine a charger that powers your laptop – but it’s the size of a cell phone charger. It’s smaller and lighter, but still packs the same power punch. This is just one way that new material being researched today could save energy – and impact your life.

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Stacking 2-D materials produces surprising results
May 15, 2013

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

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Making frequency-hopping radios practical
May 15, 2013

Laura and Dana

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.

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

April 18, 2013

Illustration: Christine Daniloff, MIT

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

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Explained: Nanowires
and nanotubes

April 11, 2013


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

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New solar-cell design based on dots and wires
March 27, 2013

Courtesy Jean et al/Advanced Materials

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

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Leading the Charge
March 19, 2013

Water desalination

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

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MIT 'cheetah' robot rivals running animals in efficiency
March 8, 2013


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

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MIT researchers develop solar-to-fuel roadmap for crystalline silicon
March 4, 2013


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

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PHASED ARRAYS: Nanophotonic array is CMOS-compatible
March 1, 2013

Laser Focus World

Prof. Mike Watts’ Photonic Microsystems Group has created a passive 64 × 64-element array on a millimeter-sized silicon chip.

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Micromachines with
Big Impact

February 21, 2013

Picture perfect

MTL Research Scientist Hanqing Li is transforming electronics by thinking (very) small.

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That's the way the droplets adhere
February 21, 2013


New technique developed by Prof. Kripa Varanasi and grad student Adam Paxson provides first direct views of how drops and bubbles adhere to surfaces—and how they let go.

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MIT researchers build
Quad HD TV chip

February 21, 2013

Picture perfect

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.

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February 21, 2013

quad HDTV chip

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

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What are Quantum Dots,
and how could they help
your next TV
February 18, 2013

Image: QD Vision

MIT technology, perfected by QD Vision (start-up company spun out by MTL alumni from Prof. Bulovic's and Prof. Bawendi's labs) generates dramatically vibrant and lifelike images on the latest Sony displays.

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A cooler way to protect
silicon surfaces

February 13, 2013

Photo: Felice Frankel

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

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Toward practical
compressed sensing

February 1, 2013

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.

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High-frequency InAs QW transistors for future system on chip and RF
January 22, 2013

Researchers from GLOBALFOUNDRIES, SEMATECH, and MIT have extended their indium arsenide quantum well metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (InAs QW MOSFET) technology to some of the highest and most balanced frequency performance yet seen.

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Making nanospinning practical
November 20, 2012


(Ed. note: Omitted from last issue; our apologies to Dr. Velasquez-Garcia!)

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

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Faculty Profile:
George Barbastathis

April 2013

George Barbastathis

His research activities are centered on information optics—the processing and analysis of information by systems composed of optical, mechanical, and computational elements.

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Faculty Profile:
Jeffrey C. Grossman

April 2013

Jeff Grossman

His current research centers on the development of new solar thermal fuels, the design on nanoporous membranes for water desalination, three-dimensional photovoltaic panels, new materials to convert waste heat into electricity, and more

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We greatfully acknowledge the support of our MIG member partners:


MTL Day At..
Youngmin ShinSamsung rejoins MIG
Youngmin Shin reflects on the Samsung-MTL relationship.
» Read more here
MTL Day at Maxim Integrated

On February 21, 2013, MTL visited Maxim Integrated for a day of executive- and student-led talks, a tour led by MIT alumni, and a closing mixer. Student presentations were given by Eric Winokur, Dina Reda El-Damak, Kailiang Chen, and Sabino Pietrangelo.

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» View more photos on Flickr.
MIT at Qualcomm,
Qualcomm at MIT

MTL at Qualcomm Qualcomm at MIT
» Photos, January & May 2013
MTL at Lam Research

MTL at Qualcomm MTL at Lam
» Photos, February 2013
From the Fab
Vicky DiadiukMIT's Fab Lab
shares the wealth

Dr. Vicky Diadiuk talks designing & fabricating custom devices for next generation research.
Start-Up News
Ubiquitous EnergyStart-up engineers see-Through solar cells
A spectrally selective approach could enable tablets, e-readers, and windows to turn light into power.
Will TisdaleWilliam Tisdale wins DOE Early Career Award
Prof. Tisdale will work on a novel ultrafast microscopy technique for visualizing electronic processes at interfaces in next-generation solar cells.
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Marc BaldoMarc Baldo to receive award at SID Display Week 2013

The Jan Rajchman Prize is presented for an outstanding scientific or technical achievement in, or contribution to, research on flat-panel displays. Prof. Baldo is receiving this award for his outstanding contributions to the discovery of phosphorescent OLED devices.
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Yogesh RamadassYogesh Ramadass named top ACE innovator

Former Chandrakasan group member cited for pioneering work in energy harvesting circuits.
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Pablo Jarillo-HerreroJarillo-Herrero named Office of Naval Research Young Investigator

Assistant Professor is among 16 recipients nationwide, for his work on "Quantum Transport and Optoelectronics in Atomically Layered Materials."
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Dirk EnglundEnglund appointed Jamieson Career Development Professor

Assistant Prof. Englund joined the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and MTL core faculty in January 2013.
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Anantha ChandrakasanChandrakasan Awarded 2013 IEEE Donald O. Pederson Award in Solid-State Circuits

Prof. Anantha Chandrakasan is honored for his contributions to the field of semiconductor circuits.

Duane BoningDuane Boning among MIT faculty recognized for Russian engagement

Six MIT faculty appointments mark a significant collaboration between MIT and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in Moscow.

Polina AnikeevaThree awards for Anikeeva group

Prof. Polina Anikeeva’s Bioelectronics Group has earned many awards recently! Personally, was the recent recipient of an NSF Career Award for her work on "Optoelectronic neural scaffolds: materials platform for investigation and control of neuronal activity and development."

Graduate student Michael Christiansen was awarded the NSF Fellowship and National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship. Undergraduate Colleen Loynachan received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, “a very big deal,” notes Prof. Anikeeva, “only two from MIT were nominated, and only she won."
MTL Faculty Promotions


5th Annual MEDRC Workshop on Next-Generation Medical Electronic Systems
May 2-3, 2013


A forum for experts from academia, the semiconductor and medical device industries, and the medical profession—the workshop brought together great minds to exchange technical ideas, explore collaboration opportunities, and define directions related to health care systems. The workshop featured 18 expert presentations covering topics in epidemiology, sensorineural assistance, oncology and pathology, aging, and blood disorders.

» View more photos on Flickr

January 29, 2013

The MTL Annual Research Conference (MARC2013) co-chaired by Katherine Song and Kailiang Chen, along with their stellar student committee, led a widely-praised event. A keynote by Dr. Lisa Su of AMD and a dinner speech by Prof. Tom Lee of Stanford framed the largest MARC event yet, with 100 posters presented (a MARC record) as well as eight student research talks (a new MARC event). MIG members Maxim and Texas Instruments sponsored the awards ceremony.

Morning talks

» View MARC2013 on Flickr.
February 8, 2013

ISSCC 2013 ISSCC 2013

Over 100 faculty, students, industry members, and alumni gathered at the 4th ISSCC MIT CICS/MTL reception held in the Club Atrium at the San Francisco Marriott in February. This networking opportunity allowed attendees to catch up with alumni, faculty, and students. MTL alumnus from Texas Instruments, Brian Ginsburg, anticipated the event was a highlight of the week and “was not disappointed.” Hinmeng Au of Innovation Counsel, LLP (and MTL alumnus) remarked, “It was nice catching up with MIT folks, meeting recent grads, and talking to industry people.”

—Debroah Hodges-Pabon

» View MTL at ISSCC on Flickr.
Also of Note

Capturing energy from the sun
Light-harvesting nanotubes and quantum dots unlock key to modeling nature's efficient energy-tranfer processes.

RCL Videos
The Research Communication Laboratory (RCL) is a collaboration between the Center for Excitonics and the Boston Museum of Science, directed by Carol Lynn Alpert. Grad students from the center learn how to reach broader public and scientific audiences via well-designed presentations, graphics, and clear writing.

During an intensive one-week science communication internship at the Museum in January, RCL students Daniel Congreve and Stephanie Valleau (Harvard) produced The Exciting World of Excitons.

Shane Yost and Jordan Chesin produced How Solar Panels Work, featuring the exploits of Phrank the Photon and Eddee the Exciton. The animations are posted on the YouTube NanoNerds channel.

Recent Publications
Synthesis and Transfer of Single-Layer Transition Metal Disulfides On Diverse Surfaces, Nano Letters, Vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 1852-1857, April 2013.
Resolution Limits of Electron-Beam Lithography Toward the Atomic Scale, Nano Letters, Vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 1555-1558, April 2013.
Wettability of Graphene, Nano Letters, Vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 1509-1515, April 2013.
Lasing Through a Strongly-Coupled Mode By Intra-Cavity Pumping, Optics Express, Vol. 21, no. 10, pp. 12122-12128, May 2013.
Large Inherent Optical Gain from the Direct Gap Transition of Ge Thin Films, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 102, no. 13, April 2013.
A 2.4 Ghz Multi-Channel FBAR-Based Transmitter with an Integrated Pulse-Shaping Power Amplifier, IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 1042-1054, April 2013.

A 1.23pj/B 2.5Gb/S Monolithically Integrated Optical Carrier-Injection Ring Modulator and All-Digital Driver Circuit in Commercial 45nm SOI, 2013 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC 2013), pp. 126-127, 2013.

Strong-Field Photoemission from Silicon Field Emitter Arrays, Annalen der Physik, Vol. 525, no. 1-2, pp. 144-150, February 2013.
Hydrophobicity of Rare-Earth Oxide Ceramics, Nature Materials, Vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 315-320, January 2013.
Large-Scale Nanophotonic Phased Array, Nature, Vol. 493, no. 7431, pp. 195-199, January 2013.
Microscale Electrodialysis: Concentration Profiling and Vortex Visualization, Desalination, Vol. 308, pp. 138-146, January 2013.

Light-Recycling Within Electronic Displays Using Deep Red and Near Infrared Photoluminescent Polarizers, Energy and Environmental Science, Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 72-75, January 2013.

A Wearable Cardiac Monitor for Long-Term Data Acquisition and Analysis, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 189-192, 2013.
Energy-Aware Design of Compressed Sensing Systems for Wireless Sensors Under Performance and Reliability Constraints, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, Vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 650-661, 2013.
Self-Deployed Magnetic Polygons: Design, Construction, and Application, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 496-505, 2013.
Optimization of Integrated Transistors for Very High Frequency DC-DC Converters, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 3614-3626, 2013.
Short Circuits

Mara Karapetian was promoted to Manager of Media & Design as of January 2013.

Reif Gala On May 11, there was a festive gala held in honor of MIT President L. Rafael Reif, former director of MTL. The event was organized by the MIT Club of Boston and the Latino/a Alumni/ae of MIT and was held at the Museum of Fine Arts. The program included performances by the MIT Ballroom Dance Team and the Luis D’Elias ensemble, and featured a roast by current MTL director Vladimir Bulovic.

MTL congratulates our colleagues Ernest Moniz and Bob Armstrong for their respective appointments to Secretary of Energy and Director of MITei!


MTL Seminar Series

The Spring 2013 series has wrapped up, but the Fall 2013 MTL Seminar Series will begin in September! Visit the seminar series homepage for archived recordings from the series (a benefit to MIG members and members of the MIT community).
MTL Annual Research Report 2012

Now available online!