Grant Project News
Monitor Detects Dangerously Low White Blood Cell Levels
One of the major side effects of chemotherapy is a sharp drop in white blood cells, which leaves patients vulnerable to dangerous infections. A Deshpande Center grant project team, led by Carlos Castro-Gonzalez in Martha Gray's lab, is developing a non-invasive portable device for monitoring patients’ white blood cell levels at home.
See the team's clinical prototype above and find their more in-depth scientific report here.
Engineers turn plastic insulator into heat conductor
A team of engineers at MIT, who received Deshpande Center support, have developed a polymer thermal conductor — a plastic material that, however counterintuitively, works as a heat conductor, dissipating heat rather than insulating it. The new polymers, which are lightweight and flexible, can conduct 10 times as much heat as most commercially used polymers.
A Fix for Our Pestide Problem
One major problem is that only 2% of pesticide applied to crops actually stays there. Maher Damak, a 27-year-old scientist, and MIT Ph.D. candidate, has a solution to make pesticides more sticky, and therefore allow us to use far less of them.
Our annual IdeaStream, held in Cambridge mid-April, showcased 21 of our current grant project teams. Presentations and posters covered a wide range of topics from convection enhanced electrochemical energy storage to solid-state color pixel for E-paper displays and non-invasive hydration sensors for the elderly. The event was attended by industry executives, venture capitalist and members of the MIT innovation ecosystem.