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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Researchers Spotlight

assistant professor allison beese

Assistant Professor Materials Science & Engineering

A Lot Still to Learn About Steel

With two thousand years of experience in steelmaking, it would seem all there is to know about steel would already be known. For Allison, the secret world of steel is still unfolding.
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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.

October 28

PeakForce Tapping Atomic Force Microscopy and Its Applications
Nuerxida Pulati | Painter Group

Opportunities for Transmission Electron Microscopy at Penn State
Bernd Kabius | Materials Research Institute

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Materials Research News & Press Releases

Atoptix XCHALLENGE Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE Finalist: ATOPTIX

October 2014 - Atoptix (Co-founder Zhiwen Liu, Professor of Electrical Engineering) is a finalist in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. As part of the final round of the competition, 10% of the score is from crowd voting.
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Antenna covered with copper paterned dielectric substrateTailored flexible illusion coatings hide objects from detection

October 13, 2014 - Developing the cloak of invisibility would be wonderful, but sometimes simply making an object appear to be something else will do the trick, according to Penn State electrical engineers.
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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)