Angela M. Belcher

Germeshausen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering & Biomolecular Materials Lab


New device could make large biological circuits practical

New device could make large biological circuits practical

Innovation from MIT could allow many biological components to be connected to produce predictable effects.

November 25, 2014Read more
Angela M. Belcher


  • Biomaterials
  • Biomolecular materials
  • Organic-inorganic interfaces
  • Solid state chemistry

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August 19, 2014
Old car batteries could make cheaper, more efficient solar panels
via The Washington Post
A single battery could power 30 homes.

August 18, 2014
Recycling old batteries into solar cells
Proposal could divert a dangerous waste stream while producing low-cost photovoltaics.

December 16, 2013
New graphene treatment could unleash new uses
MIT team develops simple, inexpensive method that could help realize material’s promise for electronics, solar power, and sensors.

November 15, 2013
Better batteries through biology?
MIT researchers find a way to boost lithium-air battery performance, with the help of modified viruses.

October 23, 2013
WATCH: NOVA's Making Stuff Wilder
What happens when scientists open up nature's toolbox? In "Making Stuff Wilder," David Pogue explores bold new innovations inspired by the Earth's greatest inventor, life itself. From robotic "mules" and "cheetahs" for the military, to fabrics born out of fish slime, host David Pogue travels the globe to find the world’s wildest new inventions and technologies.
Angela Belcher is the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT and a faculty member at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Her segment begins at 43'10".

September 5, 2013
Turning point: Angela Belcher
via the journal Nature

June 5, 2013
Angela Belcher wins $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize
MIT professor honored for her innovations that take cues, and materials, from nature to tackle key societal issues.

September 28, 2012
WATCH: C3E 2012: Role of Basic Research in Energy Science and Technology
Angela Belcher, W.M. Keck Professor of Energy, Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Biological Engineering

October 26, 2011
Shining brightly
Vast amounts of solar energy radiate to the Earth constantly, but tapping that energy cost-effectively remains a challenge.

April 28, 2011
WATCH: Angela Belcher: Using nature to grow batteries (A TEDx Talk)
Inspired by an abalone shell, Angela Belcher programs viruses to make elegant nanoscale structures that humans can use. Selecting for high-performing genes through directed evolution, she's produced viruses that can construct powerful new batteries, clean hydrogen fuels and record-breaking solar cells. In her talk, she shows us how it's done. (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)

April 25, 2011
Solar power goes viral
MIT researchers use genetically modified virus to produce structures that improve solar-cell efficiency by nearly one-third.

April 12, 2010
Viruses harnessed to split water
MIT team’s biologically based system taps the power of sunlight directly, with the aim of turning water into hydrogen fuel.

April 2, 2009
New virus-built battery could power cars, electronic devices

September 4, 2008
MIT engineers work toward cell-sized batteries
Microbatteries could power tomorrow's miniature devices

August 13, 2007
Let the sun shine: new center to propel solar beyond silicon
New center to propel solar beyond silicon

August 11, 2006
Engineering viruses: using biology to assemble materials, devices