The Mechanosynthesis Group, led by Prof. John Hart, aims to create new materials, machines, and design principles for advanced manufacturing. Much of our work seeks to discover and exploit micro- and nanoscale phenomena toward new and improved energy storage materials, electronic devices, composite structures, engineered surfaces, medical diagnostics, and consumer products.

We are based in the MIT 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 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. In July 2013, we moved to MIT from the University of Michigan, which was our home beginning in 2007.

Our work is multidisciplinary, yet generally at a nexus of manufacturing, materials, and mechanical design. We seek four main strengths: mastering materials synthesis and processing; inventing and building creative machines and instruments, for both laboratory research and scalable manufacturing; developing analytical and computational 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 the scientific, practical, and artistic interpretations of research, and strive to improve public understanding of science and technology through our education and outreach efforts.

If you would like to join us, please contact Prof. Hart ( 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.