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

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 30

Revealing Hidden Secrets of Renaissance Art Using Imaging Mass Spectrometry
Hua Tian | Winograd Group

From Materials to Devices: Model-Based Dynamic Systems Engineering
Chris Rahn | Mechanical Engineering

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Materials Research News & Press Releases

Image of Tak-Sing Wong 'Pixel' Engineered Electronics Have Growth Potential

September 29, 2014 - A little change in temperature makes a big difference for growing a new generation of hybrid atomic-layer structures, according to scientists at Rice University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Vanderbilt University and Pennsylvania State University.
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NSF Funding for 2DLMThe National Science Foundation Funds Three Penn State Teams to Study Two-Dimensional Materials

September 30, 2014 - Through the National Science Foundation’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) program, Penn State has been awarded $4 million over the next four years to lead two teams of investigators and support members of a third team in the new field of 2D crystals and layered materials.
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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)