Anne Trafton


Mechanical & Electrical January 24, 2024

How cobalt-free batteries could power EV cars

MIT chemists developed a battery cathode based on organic materials, which could reduce the EV industry’s reliance on scarce metals.

By Anne Trafton
Sustainability September 20, 2023

Pixel-by-pixel analysis generates lithium-ion battery insights

Researchers have observed how lithium ions flow through a battery interface, which could help engineers optimize the material’s design.

By Anne Trafton
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Environmental Health October 31, 2021

Nanotube-based sensor can detect COVID-19 proteins

MIT engineers have designed a nanotube-based sensor that can detect COVID-19 without any antibody and could be used for other pandemic, improving worker health.

By Anne Trafton
Environmental Health August 9, 2021

Engineers develop COVID-19 saliva test

Engineers at MIT and Harvard University have designed a small tabletop device that can detect COVID-19 from a saliva sample in about an hour.

By Anne Trafton
Safety & PPE October 22, 2020

Heated face mask designed to filter and inactivate coronaviruses

The reusable mask includes a heated copper mesh powered by a battery and surrounded by insulating neoprene, which could help health care professionals and in other situations where social distancing is difficult.

By Anne Trafton
Robotics September 2, 2020

Robots remotely measure patients’ vitals for COVID-19

Robots can remotely measure patients' vital signs, which could reduce health care workers’ exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

By Anne Trafton
Safety & PPE July 15, 2020

Engineers design reusable, silicone rubber face mask

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have designed a silicone rubber face mask that they believe could stop viral particles as effectively as N95 masks.

By Anne Trafton
Safety & PPE May 27, 2020

Engineers propose safer method for sharing ventilators during COVID-19 pandemic

MIT engineers have proposed a suggested design could make it easier to divide air flow for COVID-19 patients in emergencies when no other options are available.

By Anne Trafton
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