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2013 MIT in Japan Conference

January 25, 2013

8:45 AM


9:30 AM

Opening Remarks

9:40 AM

The Future of Engineering at MIT
Join us for a unique opportunity to meet Ian Waitz, the Dean of the MIT School of Engineering. He will present his vision for how MIT’s engineers will shape our collective future —from the latest innovations in technology, to frontiers of engineering education, to helping create solutions to the most challenging problems of the 21st century.

Ian A. Waitz is Dean of the MIT School of Engineering, the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a MacVicar Faculty Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been on the faculty since 1991 and was the department head in Aeronautics and Astronautics from 2008 until his appointment as dean in February 2011. He has made advances in gas turbine engines, fluid mechanics, combustion, and acoustics. The principal focus of his current work is on the modeling and evaluation of climate, air-quality, and noise impacts of aviation, and the assessment of technological, operational, and policy options for mitigating these impacts.
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10:30 AM

Nanostructures for Energy Efficient Future
Today we can assemble heterogeneous materials such as molecules, metal oxides and colloidal quantum dots into active optoelectronic structures of nano-scale layer thickness, use them as unique test-beds of governing physical processes, and develop them into practical device technologies of high energy efficiency. Through examples of commercial and pre-commercial demonstrations of nano-structured devices developed in our laboratory, the talk will highlight the emergence of practical, nano-enabled light emitting, solar cell, and MEMS technologies.
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11:20 AM

Clean Water Technology Research at MIT
Water supply is a growing challenge worldwide. Water scarcity affects both the developed and the developing world, and it affects regions that are considered dry as well as regions that are not. Research on water at MIT touches all aspects of water supply. This talk will discuss basic concepts of water supply and methods of purification, with a focus on desalination technology. Novel research at MIT in desalination and water supply will be described. This will include research related to membrane technologies, thermal and solar technologies, water distribution, wetlands, and challenges specific to the developing world. Issues related to the water-energy nexus will also be considered.
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12:15 PM

Lunch and Startup Company Exhibition
The ILP has been hosting start-up / spin-off exhibitions at our campus-based conferences for the past few years. The format is a generously timed, mingling, stand-up lunch with our spin-off exhibitors set up around the room. Our 2013 MIT in Japan Conference will feature the very first start-up exhibition hosted off-campus. Founders and/or key representatives of eight MIT start-up / spin-off companies will be coming to Tokyo. The exhibition will be an outstanding opportunity to learn about these companies and connect with their leadership.

Barrett Technology, Inc.
ClickMedix, LLC
Sociometric Solutions, Inc.
Sun Catalytix Corporation
TARIS BioMedical, Inc.
WiTricity Corporation
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2:00 PM

Technologies and markets of a new sustainable bio-based economy
Biofuels and bio-based products are compounds produced from renewable resources, in particular sugars and reduced organic substrates derived from carbohydrate feedstocks. As such, they are presently attracting considerable attention as important components of a sustainable green economy with minimal dependence on fossil fuels. Production of these commodities is achieved by the activities of microorganisms in their native form or properly engineered to achieve high conversion yields and productivities. Metabolic engineering is the enabling technology for engineering microorganisms to generate biocatalysts suitable for industrial application. This presentation will define the principles, methods and technologies of Metabolic Engineering that have been successfully deployed recently to this end. Applications will also be reviewed for the synthesis of several products of current interest in the biofuels and bioproducts areas.
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2:50 PM

Design Principles for Omniphobic (Super-Repellent) Surfaces
Many different structured surfaces with a wide range of surface chemistries and topographies have been investigated for controlling the wetting (or non wetting) properties of a fluid/solid interface.. By understanding the interactions of surface chemistry, nanoscale topography and contact-line hydrodynamics it is now possible to systematically program in desired levels of wettability. Our group has developed single-step dip-coating and spray-coating processes for applying nanostructured coatings to a wide-range of substrates. Applications include fabrics with enhanced solvent/oil resistance, transparent self-cleaning glass coatings for photovoltaic cells, ‘ice-phobic surfaces’ for reducing ice and gas-hydrate adhesion as well as ‘fog-harvesting surfaces’ that greatly enhance our ability to collect solar-desalinated water from wind-borne fog.
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3:40 PM


4:05 PM

Graphene and other 2D materials: New Opportunities in Flatland
Electronics is at a crossroads. The materials and technologies that have enabled the information revolution of the last 60 years are quickly reaching their ultimate physical limit. Fortunately, a new generation of atom-thick materials has recently been discovered. This talk will review these new materials, all of them less than one nanometer thick, and the novel devices and applications enabled by their amazing properties.

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4:55 PM

New Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage
I will discuss two examples of new materials we have developed for energy conversion and storage. First, I will present our design of an unconventional platform for closed-cycle solar thermal fuels that takes advantage of rigid nanoscale templates to tune chemical interactions between bound photoisomers, leading to energy densities comparable to Li-ion batteries. Second, I will show our work on the design of photovoltaic (PV) active layers comprised exclusively of non-polymer based carbon nano-structures, and the prediction layered materials that could lead to "ultra-thin thin-film" PV.
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5:45 PM

Closing Remarks

6:00 PM