Materials Research Institute

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The Materials Research Institute

MRI provides leadership both at Penn State and in the materials community worldwide, coordinating materials-related activities, maintaining core and shared facilities, training students, and fostering collegial exchanges of expertise.

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The Millennium Café Weekly Collaboration

The Millennium Café is a weekly dialogue catalyzed by coffee, snacks and two diverse research presentations (<10 min) involving students, faculty, and staff. The Café is free for students, faculty, staff, and the public.

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Every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

April 15, 2014:

The Convergence of Materials Science and the Life Sciences: Viruses, Cells, and Microfluidics
Craig Cameron – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Tony Huang – Engineering Science and Mechanics

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Focus on Materials

The Millennium Café Weekly Collaboration

Focus on Materials

March 4, 2014:

Focus on Materials is the research bulletin of the Materials Research Institute and the faculty, students, and industrial partners engaged in materials research at Penn State. In this publication, you will find a range of informative stories on developments in electronic, optical and bio/medical materials, as well as energy, nanotechnology, and the environment.

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Materials Research News & Press Releases

Nanomotors, which are rocket-shaped metal particles, move around inside the cellsNanomotors are Controlled, for the First Time, Inside Living Cells

February 10, 2014 - The nanomotors, which are rocket-shaped metal particles, move around inside the cells, spinning and battering against the cell membrane.

Energy Solutions using Atomic Scale ModelingEnergy Solutions using Atomic Scale Modeling

February 10, 2014 - Advances in energy storage technologies are crucial to making renewable energy a larger share of the energy mix. Materials scientists and engineers at Penn State are building experimental batteries and fuel cells, but it is not always easy to know what exactly is happening inside these devices, especially at the level of the charged atoms and electrons that create current.

Customer Testimonial

The Nanofab at Penn State was instrumental in getting a customer program started for us. The technical staff quickly developed a material that met our design criteria which has enabled us to launch a prototype run for a novel MEMS device. Moving forward with the project, I have been impressed with the level of customer service and how quickly I was able to get trained in the Nanofab as a commercial lab user. The engagement here was differentiating for us and the staff support has allowed us to maintain our milestone timeline. The Penn State Nanofab has been a great technology partner. We look forward completing this project successfully and expect to work on new projects together in the future.
Matt Apanius