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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December 2

Plants for Food, Fiber, and Fuels: Adventures of a Plant Scientist in the College of Agriculture
Mark Guiltinan | Plant Science

Self-Assembly and Cellular Compartments
Dan Dewey | Keating Group

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Researchers Spotlight

Long-Qing Chen

Long-Qing Chen Awarded 2014 Materials Theory Award

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Long-Qing Chen the recipient of its Materials Theory Award for his "pioneering work in the development of the phase-field method and its applications in the computational modeling of mesoscale structures and their dynamics in inhomogeneous materials."
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Materials Research News & Press Releases

fine structure of fine steelThe fine structure of fine steels

December 2, 2014 - With two thousand years of experience in steelmaking, it would seem all there is to know about steel would already be known. But for Allison Beese, McFarlane Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, the secret world of steel is still unfolding.
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     The interface between elements of the in-plane materialPixel Engineered Electronics Have Growth Potential

September 2014 - Tungsten disulfide (orange) and molybdenum disulfide (blue) molecules self assemble into either single- or multiple-layer materials, depending on growth temperature.
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Focus on Materials

Focus on Materials Summer Edition

Summer 2014 Issue:

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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Customer Testimonials

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 to completing this project successfully and expect to work on new projects together in the future.
Matt Apanius
As a small business resources are often limited, MCL worked with our engineers to produce micro featured gears for one of our medical devices. The bench top gear data was leveraged to support a successfully awarded Phase II NSF grant.
Maureen L. Mulvihill, PhD, President & CEO, Actuated Medical Inc (Bellefonte, PA)