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 22, 2014:

Safety in Numbers: Why Malaria Infections are Synchronous (or not!)
Megan Greischar - Reed and Bjornstad Labs - Entomology

Alcohol, the Amazing Mechanical Lubricant
Tony Barthel – Kim Group – Chemical Engineering

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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

Schematic of mesoporous siliconSunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon

April 10, 2014 - Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom-up procedure can be used to generate hydrogen from water using solar energy, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material.

undergraduate student removed a sample of silicon diselenide from an annealing furnaceMaterial scientist exploring ways to improve efficiency of solar cells

March 27 10, 2014 - Sunlight is the earth’s most abundant source of energy and if harvested efficiently could be a source of clean, unlimited, renewable energy.

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