MRL professors lead major climate project on decarbonizing steel, cement, and other materials

Elizabeth A. Thomson | Materials Research Laboratory
April 27, 2022

Two MIT professors associated with the Materials Research Laboratory lead one of the five flagship projects selected in the Institute’s first-ever Climate Grand Challenges competition.

CGC 2022 01 press 0The winners of the first-ever Climate Grand Challenges (CGC) will become multiyear flagship research projects, helping define a new research agenda focused on addressing complex unsolved climate problems and bringing high-impact solutions to the world on an accelerated basis.
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The Center for Electrification and Decarbonization of Industry aims to “reinvent and electrify the processes and materials behind hard-to-decarbonize industries like steel, cement, ammonia, and ethylene production,” according to an April 11 MIT News story announcing the winning projects. The new center is led by Yet-Ming Chiang, the Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Bilge Yıldız, the Breene M. Kerr Professor in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE).

Fourteen other MIT researchers join Chiang and Yildiz on the new center’s research team. Those associated with the MRL are Antoine Allanore, an associate professor of metallurgy in the DMSE; Ju Li, Battelle Energy Alliance Professor in Nuclear Engineering and a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Elsa Olivetti, the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering; and Yang Shao-Horn, the JR East Professor of Engineering.

Two of the MRL faculty involved in the new center are also involved in two other Climate Grand Challenges flagship projects. Olivetti is on the research team for Bringing Computation to the Climate Challenge, while Allanore is on the team for Revolutionizing agriculture with low-emissions, resilient crops.

“Climate Grand Challenges represents a whole-of-MIT drive to develop game-changing advances to confront the escalating climate crisis, in time to make a difference,” says MIT President L. Rafael Reif. 

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