The Mechanosynthesis Group, led by Prof. John Hart, aims to create new manufacturing technologies for micro- and nanoscale materials and devices, and for their assembly and integration at larger scales. In addition to manufacturing tools and processes, applications of our work include new and improved composite materials, flexible electronics, engineered surfaces, energy storage systems, medical devices, and bio/chemical sensors. In July 2013, we moved to MIT from the University of Michigan, which was our home beginning in 2007.
At MIT, we are based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP). We are also proud to be affiliated with the Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL), the Materials Processing Center (MPC), the Center for Graphene Devices and Systems, and the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI).
Our work is multidisciplinary, yet generally at a nexus of manufacturing, materials, and mechanical design. We seek four main strengths: mastering nanoscale materials synthesis and processing; inventing and building creative machines and instruments, for both laboratory research and scalable manufacturing; developing analytical, computational, and multi-scale models of process and property fundamentals; and having a keen vision of how new materials and manufacturing processes can enable disruptive and innovative technologies. We also appreciate that public understanding of new technologies is essential for commercialization and widespread adoption. To embody this, we organize and attend workshops and courses, and appreciate the scientific, practical, and artistic interpretations of research.
If you would like to join us, please contact Prof. Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include your CV and a brief statement of interests. Postdoctoral applicants also please attach your three most important publications. Availability changes frequently according to project needs and funding sources; however, we are always ready to meet the most outstanding candidates from all fields and areas of expertise.