The MIT Mechanosynthesis Group, led by Professor John Hart, aims to advance the science and technology of manufacturing, which is essential to the continued and sustainable growth of our world. Our focus areas include additive manufacturing, carbon nanotubes and 2D materials, roll-to-roll processing, printed electronics, composite materials, and resource-efficient sensors and diagnostic devices. Our work is multidisciplinary, spans from fundamental principles to applications, and engages a wide range of public and private sponsors and collaborators.

We are based in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, and are proud to be affiliated with the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP), the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), the Tata Center for Technology and Design, the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, the Materials Processing Center (MPC), and the Center for Graphene Devices and Systems.

If you would like to join us, please contact Professor Hart (ajhart@mit.edu) and include your CV and a brief statement of your interests related to our work, and examples of your recent research. Postdoctoral applicants also please attach your three most important publications. Availability changes frequently according to project needs and funding; however, we are always ready to meet the most outstanding candidates from all fields and areas of expertise.

  • October 4, 2016
    Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes
    In October 2016, Prof. Hart launched the world’s first massive open online course on manufacturing processes. The course, Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes (2.008x) can be viewed on edX, by clicking the title of this post, and its first run enrolled >10,000 learners from >145 countries!
  • September 30, 2016
    High speed roll-to-roll manufacturing of graphene using a concentric tube reactor
    E.S. Polsen, D.Q. McNerny, B. Viswanath, S.W. Pattinson, A. J. Hart. Scientific Reports. Using a novel concentric tube reactor design, we demonstrate high-speed manufacturing of monolayer graphene on metal foils, and study how process parameters influence quality and production rate.
  • February 29, 2016
    Mechanosynthesis group visits Oak Ridge Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
    John Hart, Ryan Penny, and Adam Stevens visited the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. They presented our latest additive manufacturing work and toured the labs, including the world-famous big-area additive manufacturing (BAAM) systems. The meeting room included a 3D printed podium!