MRI coordinates, administers, and supports several state-of-the-art characterization, fabrication and research facilities at Penn State that are available to the academic and non-academic research communities. These user research facilities are staffed with full-time technical personnel who maintain the equipment and train researchers to use the instrumentation and tools themselves or assist researchers with their characterization and fabrication needs.
The Smart Materials Integration Laboratory (SMIL) is designed to allow Penn State University scientists to create a new generation of smart integrated components that combine electrical, mechanical, and optical functions. "Smart" materials sense a change in the environment and respond to that change in a useful way. The laboratory enables the integration and miniaturization of "smart" materials and the fabrication of components that go beyond conventional semiconductor-based materials. This is done by utilizing both semiconductor and low temperature co-fire ceramic technologies. SMIL is part of the Penn State Nanofabrication Laboratory.
The Materials Simulation Center is a facility for education and research on materials simulation. It is designed to function as a hub to connect experimental and simulation activities through the organization of collaborative projects, short courses, and workshops. For the experimentalist, the Center will provide the information needed to add a simulation component to their work. For groups already working on materials simulation, the Center will be a natural environment for interaction and extension of existing simulation techniques.