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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Undergrad researcher Phoebe Yeoh

Undergraduate Summer Researcher Contributes to Futuristic Space Mirror

This summer, senior at Goucher College in Baltimore Phoebe Yeoh spent ten weeks finding out what it would be like to work in a large research group like that of Professor Susan Trolier-McKinstry's on a project that may someday take her research into space.
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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.

September 23

Beyond the Bench: Developing Leadership Skills You Never Realized You Needed
Nikki Shariat & Ed Dudley | Food Science

Additive Manufacturing – Welding in the Digital Age
Tarasankar DebRoy | Materials Science & Engineering

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Materials Research News & Press Releases

Image of Tak-Sing Wong Cost-Effective, High-Performance Micropumps for Lab-on-a-Chip Disease Diagnosis

Researchers at Penn State have demonstrated an acoustofluidic pump powered by a piezoelectric transducer about the size of a quarter. This reliable, inexpensive, programmable pump is a crucial feature for lab-on-a-chip devices.
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TEM Micrograph of a 20 nm InGaAs finTET deviceMaterials Other Than Silicon for Next Generation Electronic Devices

September 4, 2014 - Arun Thathachary, a Ph.D. student in Penn State’s Electrical Engineering Department, spends his days and sometimes nights in the cleanroom of the Materials Research Institute’s Nanofabrication Laboratory trying to make innovative transistor devices out of materials other than the standard semiconductor silicon that will allow higher performance using less power.
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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)