Mircea Dincă playfully describes his very serious work making new materials in MIT’s Department of Chemistry much like being a kid mixing and matching Legos. A self-described molecular engineer, Dincă assembles new materials from a variety of inorganic and organic building blocks, all carefully chosen to impart properties leading to a desired activity or function. As a synthetic chemist in his third year at MIT, Dincă is always looking for new ways to make new materials for a variety of applications. His ideas are inspired by his colleagues, his students, and his industry relationships that have been a part of his life since graduate school. Dincă’s PhD in hydrogen storage materials, from the University of California at Berkeley, was funded by General Motors as part of its interest in building hydrogen cars. Dincă’s love of chemistry began in seventh grade in his native Romania. “Having a dedicated teacher that did spectacular demonstrations with relatively limited regard for safety may have had something to do with that,” he jokes. But what may have begun from “spectacular demonstrations” has matured into a profession focused on producing lasting applications. Now he leads the Functional Inorganic and Organic Materials Group in the MIT Department of Chemistry. “Chemistry enables me
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