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Other User Facilities and Centers at Penn State University

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Smart Materials Integration Lab (Part of the Nanofab)

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.

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Materials Simulation Center

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.

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Other Materials Research Centers

The materials research centers are founded by faculty teams with the experience and expertise to address specific areas requiring an interdisciplinary approach, and are supported by industry and/or US government funding.

The Battery and Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Center

Center for 2-Dimensional and Layered Materials

Center for Computational Materials Design (CCMD)

Center for Dielectric Studies (CDS)

Center for Innovative Sintered Products (CISP)

Center for Nanomedicine and Materials (CNM)

Center for Nanoscale Science (CNS) - MRSEC

Center on Optical Wireless Applications (COWA)

Center for Solar Nanomaterials

Electrochemical Engine Center

Electrochemical Technologies Program

International Center for Actuators and Transducers (ICAT)

Other Facilities on Campus

Penn State hosts a variety of materials research-related user facilities that may interest students, faculty, and industry beyond those located within the Materials Research Institute. These include facilities for testing, imaging, and coating.

Advanced Coatings Lab
Applied Research Laboratory

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Electron Microscopy Facility
The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

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Mechanical Testing Laboratory (MTL)
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
Department of Chemistry

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Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry Core Facility
The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

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Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center
Social Science Research Institute

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Using Our Facilities

Laboratories at MRI

Materials Characterization Lab

Some capabilities include x-ray scattering, molecular & electron spectroscopy, and thermal & partical analysis.
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Nanofabrication Lab

Some of the capabilities include lithography, etching, characterization, and materials deposition.
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