Angela M. Belcher

W.M. Keck Professor of Energy
Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Department of Biological Engineering


Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

Mapping coal’s decline and renewables' rise

CoalMap online tool shows what policy regulations and technological advancements can do for the cost-competitiveness of solar and wind energy.

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Angela M. Belcher


Angela M. Belcher, a member of the MIT faculty since 2001, is the James Mason Crafts Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering. Belcher is a materials chemist with expertise in biomaterials, biomolecular materials, organic-inorganic interfaces and solid-state chemistry. Her work focuses on evolving organisms to build new materials and devices for clean energy, electronics, the environment and medicine. Belcher was awarded the 24th annual MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the 2004 Four Star General Recognition Award. In 2006, she was named Scientific American’s Research Leader of the Year.


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

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March 25, 2016
Turning viruses into batteries: the energy of the future
MIT's Angela Belcher uses innovation to generate energy from an unlikely source.

December 18, 2015
Four MIT faculty named 2015 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors
Belcher, Bhatia, Brown, and Horvitz recognized for demonstrating a prolific spirit of innovation and invention resulting in a tangible impact on society

December 14, 2015
Discarded car batteries
Recovering material for novel solar cells.

September 9, 2015
MIT hosts discussion on scaling STEM education
President Reif and Congressman Joe Kennedy III lead an afternoon of discussions on how to bring quality STEM education to all.

June 1, 2015
Polymers, Presidents, and Energy Potential
MITEI researcher Paula Hammond is crafting the future of battery usage.

May 1, 2015
Inspiring a new generation of women in nuclear science and engineering
2015 Rising Stars in Nuclear Science and Engineering Symposium highlights outstanding new work and celebrates women in the field.

December 1, 2014
Cutting edge energy
via CNBC
CNBC's Josh Lipton discusses the innovation of future energy alternatives with MIT Professor Angela Belcher

August 20, 2014
Siluria Wins $30M from Saudi Aramco and VCs to Convert Natural Gas to Commodity Chemicals
Investors want to help Siluria use biotech to transform natural gas into ethylene and fuel.

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.

March 12, 2014
MIT researchers describe “energy game changers” at CERAWeek2014
MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong leads “A Glimpse Over the Horizon” panel, among other IHS CERAWeek sessions featuring MIT faculty and researchers.

February 25, 2014
IHS CERAWeek 2014: MIT Researchers Present Energy Game Changers
MIT Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong leads “A Glimpse Over the Horizon” panel, among other IHS CERAWeek sessions.

January 15, 2014
Chasing the Dream of Half-Price Gasoline from Natural Gas
Siluria, a startup founded based on the work of MIT's Angela Belcher, thinks it’s solved a mystery that has stymied huge oil companies for decades.

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