Five MIT faculty members Alfredo Alexander-Katz; William Detmold; Liang Fu; William A. Tisdale; and Michael Williams have been named recipients of the 2013 Early Career Award of the Office of Science of the Department of Energy (DOE).

Now in its fourth year, the Early Career Awards support the development of individual research programs by outstanding scientists who are in the early stages of their careers, and stimulates research careers in the disciplines supported by the DOE's Office of Science. Across the Office of Basic Energy Sciences divisions, 61 awards were made from about 770 proposals that went out for peer review.

An assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Alexander-Katz works on the combination of theory and simulations to develop a deep understanding of a variety of soft materials systems. His award will fund work on Biomimetic Templated Self