Yuriy Román knew that to change the future of catalysis he’d have to cross the boundary between chemical engineering and materials science. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Catalyzing Greener Products

Yuriy Román knew that to change the future of catalysis he’d have to cross the boundary between chemical engineering and materials science.

Fikile Brushett is applying fundamental electrochemistry to boost the performance and durability of future energy storage systems. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Future of Energy Storage

Fikile Brushett is applying fundamental electrochemistry to boost the performance and durability of future energy storage systems.

Ernest Moniz is shown before a world map depicting energy consumption from space. Photo: Len Rubenstein / World map courtesy NASA

Energy for the Future

Since the creation of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) five years ago, the world’s energy landscape has changed.

Kristala Jones Prather is working to develop a better biofuel. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Biofuel in the Pipeline

Kristala Prather is designing a better biofuel — one that’s closer to the octane of gasoline.

Solar Cells on Paper

Karen Gleason develops a low-cost, environmentally friendly way to make solar cells on tracing paper, which one day might charge a cell phone.