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Benedetto Marelli

Dec 03, 2023

Professor Benedetto Marelli develops silk-based technologies with uses “from lab to fork,” including helping crops grow and preserving perishable foods.

Unlocking the secrets of natural materials

MIT news

May 15, 2023

Benedetto Marelli has been granted tenure by MIT

Benedetto Marelli was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with Tenure effective July 1. His research focuses on structural biopolymers, self-assembly and nanomanufacturing to design biomaterials with applications in precision agriculture, food security and food safety. Technologies developed in his lab include delivery of biofertilizers that boost seed germination and enhance yield in marginal lands and different solutions to precisely deliver actives in plants.

department news

May 18, 2022

Benedetto Marelli received Ole Madsen Mentoring Award

Associate Professor Benedetto Marelli was awarded the 2022 Ole Madsen Mentoring Award by MIT CEE, .This award honors faculty members in recognition of conspicuous contributions to mentoring and educating CEE students outside the classroom, and to inspire them to pursue a career in the field of civil and environmental engineering.

April 07, 2022

Benedetto Marelli awarded BioInnovation Institute & Science Prize for Innovation

Associate Professor Benedetto Marelli was awarded the 2022 BioInnovation Institute & Science Prize for Innovation. He was recognized for advancing the biomaterial of silk into an edible coating that is used to extend the shelf-life of perishable foods and spinning that technology out of the lab into startup, Mori. Read more about Marelli and his award winning essay published today in Science Magazine.



July 09, 2021

2021-2023 New Voices in Science, Engineering and Medicine Program
The New Voices program was launched by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2018 as an initiative to bring diverse perspectives from early-career U.S. leaders to important dialogues around how science, engineering, and medicine are shaping the global future. The program is made possible with support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

National Academies press release

February 07, 2021

Promotion to Associate Professor Without Tenure (AWoT) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.



July 02, 2019

The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.



April 18, 2018

ONR Director of Research Early Career Award
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Director of Research Early Career Grant (DoRECA) is given to select applicants to the ONR Young Investigator program, based on two specific criteria: (1) innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology that is relevant to the ONR mission, and (2) community service demonstrated through scientific leadership and community outreach.



February 26, 2018

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program
The YIP is a highly competitive process, rewarding the achievements made by young faculty members. This year’s candidates were selected amongst more than 340 highly qualified applicants based on past performance, technical merit, potential for scientific breakthrough and long-term university commitment.
ONR Press Release




February 26, 2018

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
NSF Announcement



Congratulations to Yunteng on winning the CEE Best Doctoral Thesis!

May 17, 2023

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Congratulations to Colleen Wolfe on winning the first place for CEE Master of Engineering best poster!

May 17, 2023


Press release on our recent work about biodegradable colour-changing food packaging.

New Scientist

May 10, 2023


Congratulations to Hui on the press release on her recent work published on Science Advances about using unclonable labels to fight counterfeit seeds.

MIT news

Mar 22, 2023


Congratulations to Yunteng, Yangyang, and Raju for the successful presentation of their research at CNA studios in Singapore!

March, 2023

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Congratulations to Yagmur's team for being a winner at our department's pumpkin carving contest at Halloween Party! 2 years in a row!!

October 28, 2022

Congratulations to Hui on successfully defending her PhD dissertation titled ‘Template-directed Assembly of Silk in Advanced Materials for Food Security’

October 3, 2022

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Yagmur and Muchun selected and participated the "Rising Stars" in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Congrats to our Rising Stars!!

September 30, 2022

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Congratulations to Muchun on her press release about microplastic substitutes using biodegradable silk microparticles.
Scientific American 
MIT news

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Our L.A.B. was invited to Cambridge Science Festival 2022! Benedetto, Yunteng, and Muchun presented “Silk Offers an Alternative to Microplastics” to the local public at MIT Museum.

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Muchun publishes on Small, providing an alternative to some microplastics using silk.

July 20, 2022

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Congratulations to Dr. Cao!

July 19, 2022

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Congratulations to Dr. Yegin for being research prize winner with her poster presentation at MIT CEE Annual Research Day!

April 19, 2022


Congratulations to Dr. Yagmur Yegin (middle) and her mini-UROP students Eldar Urkumbayev (right) and Chiara Palagi (left) for being 2nd place winner with their project about “encapsulation of various essential oils in silk fibroin biomaterials” in MIT CEE!

Jan 28, 2022

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Yagmur joined the pumpkin carving contest with her husband held at DuPont Court. Their pumpkins were chosen to be “the people’s pumpkin’’ in the Halloween party! 

Nov 1, 2021


Congratulations to Dr. Zvinavashe!

Oct 28, 2021

Congratulations to Yunteng! He has been selected as the recipient of the Ho Ching and Han Ching Award for the 2019-2020 academic year.

December 22, 2020

Doyoon publishes on Advanced Functional Materials a silk-based food sensor detecting spoilage and contamination

September 09, 2020

Elisabetta publishes on ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Multilayered Edible Coating

August 31, 2020

MIT startup wraps food in silk for better shelf life

June 05, 2020

Yunteng publishes on Advanced Science a new tool to access plant tissues

April 30, 2020

Hui publishes on Nat. Comm. a 'recipe' to grow silk into hierarchical materials

January 16, 2020

Augustine's paper on seed coating highlighted by The Guardian, Nature Food and MIT News (among other news outlets)

November 25, 2019

MIT ILP Highlights LAB's research

August 20, 2019

Article on enterpreneurship and food waste highlights the impact of the LAB

March 30, 2019

Waste Not  by Michael Blanding - very interesting !

Cambridge crops conducts a successful fund raising round

August 09, 2019


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A cone-shaped needle is injected into the stem of a 4-week-old tomato plant by a drone

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