Ron Rosenberg inducted to Society of Tata Fellows

Msynth398 | July 5, 2016 | no comments

Ron Rosenberg, an M.S. student in the Mechanosynthesis Group, was recently inducted into the Society of Tata Fellows. The Society is a “a global community of engineers, entrepreneurs, and scholars who have completed Fellowships at the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design.”

Congratulations, Ron!Ron_Tata Society


Congratulations to Nigamaa Nayakanti for completing her Master’s Thesis!

Msynth398 | May 24, 2016 | no comments

Nigamaa Nayakanti, an M.S. student in the Mechanosynthesis Group, recently completed her Master’s thesis, entitled, “Flexigami: Folded Polygonal Unit Cells for Deployable Metamaterials and Mechanisms.”

Congratulations, Nigamaa!


Our Additive Manufacturing course is featured in MIT news

Msynth398 | May 11, 2016 | no comments

MIT News features Professor Hart’s 2.S998 course, Additive Manufacturing, developed with support from Jamison Go, a graduate student in the Mechanosynthesis Group.

Read the full article here.

Mechanosynthesis group visits Oak Ridge Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

Msynth398 | February 29, 2016 | no comments

John Hart, Ryan Penny, and Adam Stevens visited the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  John presented some of our group’s new additive manufacturing research, as summarized in the photo.  The meeting room included a podium with a 3D printed structure and emblem!


Dr. Jinjing Li successfully defends PhD thesis!

Msynth398 | December 15, 2015 | no comments

Congratulations to Dr. Jinjing Li who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, entitled “High-Yield Carbon Nanotube Growth by Moisture-Controlled Decoupled Chemical Vapor Deposition”, at the University of Michigan. Our CNT growth team has learned a lot from Jinjing’s work and will continue to implement his findings in our lab!


Sanha Kim and Sebastian Pattinson selected for MIT Translational Fellows Program

Msynth398 | December 15, 2015 | no comments

Congratulations to Sanha Kim and Sebastian Pattinson for being selected for the MIT Translational Fellows Program!

The Mechanosynthesis Group welcomes six new members this fall

Msynth398 | September 15, 2015 | no comments

The Mechanosynthesis Group gives a warm welcome to five new members this semester: Crystal Owens, Dhanush Mariappan, Emily Hanhauser, Kehang Cui, Piran Kidambi, and Mike Bono.

Crystal Owens is a masters student focusing on precision microfluidics using non-traditional building-block components. She previously received her B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 2015.

Dhanush Mariappan is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. He is working on high speed micro contact printing with CNT stamps, high speed electrostatic printing of 2d materials, and roll to roll graphene manufacturing process development. Before joining Mechanosyntheis group at MIT, he was a Visiting Research Investigator at the Precision Systems Design Laboratory at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Presidential Fellow in 2003 and his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2001. He cofounded TechPassion and led the development and commercialization of VMAP, a modal testing and FEA-test correlation software that is now used in automotive, aerospace and other industries. Before TechPassion, he was a Research Engineer at General Electric Global Research Physical Sciences Laboratory working on new product development programs for healthcare, transportation and industrial systems businesses. While at GE, he completed the Six Sigma Green Belt and Foundations of Leadership certification. He is an engineer with over ten years of experience in mechanical design, electromechanical systems, computer graphics, sensors, signal processing, data acquisition, and software development. He is a member of the NAFEMS India Education and Training working group. He was an invited participant at the Indo US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium held at Irvine, California in 2008. He is also the reviewer of the Experimental Techniques Journal.

Emily Hanhauser is a masters student working on low-cost water diagnosis in collaboration with J-WAFS (The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab). She previously received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Between her undergraduate work and now, Emily was a Staff Research Associate II at the University of California, San Francisco and also a Technical Research Assistant I & II at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Kehang Cui is a postdoctoral researcher at The Unviersity of Tokyo after previously completing his doctoral researcher there as well. As part of Mechanosynthesis, he will be studying the synthesis and self-assembly of carbon nanotubes.

Piran Kidambi is a postdoctoral associate focusing on new concepts for scalable manufacturing of 2D materials. His research interests are in the synthesis and application of nano-structured materials in a joint appointment with the Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Lab of Prof. Rohit Karnik at MIT. He has a B.Tech from the National Institute of Technology at Tiruchirappalli in 2006, M.S. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich in 2010, and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2014 (advisor Dr. Stephan Hofmann).

Mike Bono is a postdoctoral associate working on soil and water diagnosis in collaboration with the Tata Center and Rohit Karnik’s Microfluidics and Nanofluidics Group. His previous doctoral work at Cornell University was on dielectric measurement of algal lipid content for biodiesel production. He also received his Masters degree from Cornell University.

Adam Stevens, Jamison Go, and Nick Dee all complete MechE Master’s theses!

Msynth398 | September 15, 2015 | no comments

Congrats to Adam, Jamison, Nick on completing their master’s theses and continuing on in the group as PhD candidates!

  • Adam Stevens, “A Robotic System for Photopatterning of Freeform Surfaces”
  • Jamison Go, “High-Throughput Extrusion-Based Additive Manufacturing”
  • Nick Dee, “Force-Modulated Growth of Carbon Nanotube Forests”



Mechanosythesis group part of new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics

Msynth398 | September 15, 2015 | no comments

The Mechanosythesis group will be a part of the new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics and the announcement was made in MIT News!

Mechanosynthesis low-cost soil diagnostics project featured by Tata Center

Msynth398 | July 3, 2015 | no comments

Graduate student Ron Rosenberg discusses his project in the lab!

Collaborator Chintan Vaishnav discusses the challenges with Indian agriculture!

Soumya Braganza talks about research in the field!