Awards and Honors


Three MIT scientists--Angela Belcher, professor of biological engineering and materials science and engineering, Yet-Ming Chiang, professor of materials science and engineering, and Paula Hammond, professor of chemical engineering--recently received a Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for their work on batteries constructed by viruses.

Earlier this year, the researchers created batteries by manipulating the genes in tiny viruses, inducing them to grow and self-assemble into a nanowire that can store energy.

The awards were published in the November issue of Popular Mechanics, which selects breakthroughs that "solve problems, expand horizons or engage the imagination of millions."

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on October 25, 2006 (download PDF).


Topics: Awards, honors and fellowships

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