Auxetic materials in design and architecture

A team at the Self-Assembly Lab recently published an article on their work with auxetic materials. Auxetic materials are transformable and adapt to their environment. Athina Papadopoulou, Jared Laucks and Skylar Tibbits recently wrote an article “Auxetic materials in design and architecture” that explains this advance in materials.

Nature:  Auxetic materials in design and architecture

Prof. Mike Short and a team of students work to build stronger cement

MIT students are working to utilize recycled plastic to strengthen concrete. IDC’s Mike Short is leading the effort to radiate the plastic and mix with concrete – resulting in concrete that is 20% stronger.

“There is a huge amount of plastic that is landfilled every year,” says Michael Short, an assistant professor in MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. “Our technology takes plastic out of the landfill, locks it up in concrete, and also uses less cement to make the concrete, which makes fewer carbon dioxide emissions. This has the potential to pull plastic landfill waste out of the landfill and into buildings, where it could actually help to make them stronger.”

MIT News: MIT students fortify concrete by adding recycled plastic 

Mike Short is working to quantify radiation damage

Prof. Mike Short, the Norman C. Rasmussen Career Development Professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering whose lab is part of the MIT International Design Center, is working to measure radiation damage, a measure that is currently not available. This damage, while invisible, holds major implications for nuclear technologies.

Spectrum: How Can We Measure Damage? Quantifying radiation damage in materials is the first step towards safer reactors and better nuclear compliance, says Mike Short.