W. Craig Carter
Professor of Materials Science & Engineering
MacVicar Faculty Fellow
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, MIT
My research centers on theory and meso-scale modeling of materials properties and processing. In particular,
I have focused on thermodynamics and kinetics of interfaces, simulations of microstructural evolution, and
predictions of fracture and reliability in materials. Recently, my work has turned towards the science of battery
materials and I have recently co-founded a company, 24M, with Prof. Yet-Ming Chiang which will produce grid
scale energy storage solutions. I have just started a new research program on economic models of battery
usage on the electric grid. I am also very interested in pedagogy----especially on how to combine research and
new knowledge with foundational learning.. I have received NSF funding to develop new teaching methods for
science and engineering. I have received MIT’s highest honors for teaching: The MacVicar fellowship which
recognizes excellence in teaching for the institute and the Bose award or teaching excellence in the School of
National Research Council Post-doc, NIST (1989-1991), Staff Scientist, Rockwell International Science Center
(1991-92), Research Scientist, NIST (1992-98), Assoc. Prof. MIT (1998-2003), Cofounder, 24M technologies
(2010-), Full Professor MIT (2003-)
Honors and Awards:
MacVicar Distinguished Teaching Fellow (2008), Bose Award for excellence in engineering education (2008),
R.M. Fulrath award, Am. Ceram. Soc. (2006), Fellow, Am. Ceram. Soc. (1999), Technology of the Year (1999),
Civil Service Bronze medal (1997), Robert L. Coble award for young scientists (1996), Ross Coffin Purdy
award for best paper (1990)
Education & Training:
University of California, Berkeley, B.S., 1983, Materials Science & Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, M.S., 1987, Materials Science & Engineering
University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 1989, Materials Science & Engineering
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications:
1. (textbook) R.W. Balluffi, S.M. Allen, W. C. Carter, “Kinetics of Materials” Published by J. Wiley, ISBN 13
978-0-471-24689-3, TA404.8.B35, 2005.
2. M. Duduta, B.Y. Ho, V.C. Wood, P. Limthongkul, V.E. Brunini, W.C. Carter, Y.-M. Chiang, “Semi-Solid
Lithium Rechargeable Flow Battery,” Adv. Energy Mater., 1 511-516 (2011)
3. D Cogswell, W.C. Carter, “Thermodynamic phase-field model for microstructure with multiple
components and phases: The possibility of metastable phases,” Physical Review, 83 (2011).
4. W. H. Woodford, Y. M. Chiang, W. C. Carter, "Electrochemical Shock" of Intercalation Electrodes: A
Fracture Mechanics Analysis. Journal of the Electrochemical Society 157, A1052 (2010).
5. M. Tang, W. C. Carter, R. M. Cannon, Grain boundary order-disorder transitions. Journal of Materials
Science 41, 7691 (Dec, 2006).
6. R. E. Garcia, W. C. Carter, S. A. Langer, The effect of texture and microstructure on the macroscopic
properties of polycrystalline piezoelectrics: Application to barium titanate and PZN-PT. Journal of the
American Ceramic Society 88, 750 (Mar, 2005).
7. M. Maldovan, C. K. Ullal, W. C. Carter, E. L. Thomas, Exploring for 3D photonic bandgap structures in
the 11 f.c.c. space groups. Nature Materials 2, 664 (Oct, 2003).
8. J. A. Warren, W. C. Carter, R. Kobayashi, A phase field model of the impingement of solidifying
particles. Physica A 261, 159 (Dec, 1998).