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Laser Ablation Tomography
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Natural Food Colorant
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Technology for Oil Spill Recovery and Clean-up
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Advanced Virus Detection
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Powering the 'Internet of Things' with Waste Heat
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Ultra-tough fibers and films for smart textiles.
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Safer, More Efficient Lithium-Ion Batteries
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Materials for first optical fibers with high-speed electronic function
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Metasurface Wearable Antenna
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Bioabsorbable Foam for Wound Care and Tissue Engineering
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Handheld Plant Health Sensor
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Seamless Architecture: Innovative Material Interfaces
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High-Energy capacitors for miniaturization & efficient storage
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Self-healing textiles not only repair themselves, but can neutralize chemicals
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High-Affinity Aptamers for Targeting Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

Cold sintering of ceramics instead of high-temperature firing.
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About 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.

Millennium Cafe

How I Almost Became an Expert Witness on E-Cigarettes (and Other COOL Stories)

Maker Culture on the Move: Curricular Spectacle and Social Practice

MCL is Hiring!

Check out the details of this Post-Doc position with the X-ray scattering group:
JOB POSTING

Latest News

From Bee Brains to Snowboards, Materials Characterization Lab Can Study It

From Bee Brains to Snowboards, MCL Can Study It

Five Penn State researchers named AAAS Fellows

Five Penn State researchers named AAAS Fellows

Engineering professor named one of five inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows

Xingjie Ni named one of five inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows

Controlling the Properties of Matter in Two-Dimensional Crystals

Controlling the Properties of Matter in Two-Dimensional Crystals

Simulations Show How to Turn Graphene’s Defects into Assets

Simulations Show How to Turn Graphene’s Defects into Assets

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Oct 28 2016

Controlling the Properties of Matter in Two-Dimensional Crystals

Oct 12 2016

Simulations Show How to Turn Graphene’s Defects into Assets

New & Emerging Research Capabilities

Electrocaloric Materials Thermally Functional Materials
Thermally Functional Materials

Electrocaloric effect (ECE) based cooling technology

Complex metal parts made by additive manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing

"When it comes to U.S. manufacturing, we've lost our swagger, but additive manufacturing will get it back."

Materials for Humanity
Humanitarian Materials Engineering

Socially responsible engineering in the developing regions of the world

Colorized SEM image
2D & Layered Materials and Coatings

One atom-thick substrate of graphene with pristine interfaces between the two layers

High-res Image from the TEM
In Situ Characterization

Flurry of innovations in new components that can be placed inside the TEM

A SLIPS coating on a glass substrate
Bio-inspired Engineering

The bio-inspired invention, called slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces, or SLIPS

Four Lab Solution - An Integral Part of MRI's Strategy for Future Research Excellence

The Materials Characterization Lab
Materials Characterization Lab

Our fully-staffed, open access analytical research facility is charged with enabling research and educating the next generation of highly qualied researchers.

The Nanofabrication Lab
Nanofabrication Lab

Our staff scientists and engineers will enable users to transition fundamental research in nanomaterials to innovation-driven multicomponent integrated devices and systems.

The Materials Computation Center
Materials Computation Center

Our primary goal is to support internal and external users working in computer-based simulations of materials across the various length and time scales.

NSF MIP Materials Innovation Platform
2D Crystal Consortium (2DCC)

The 2DCC-MIP is focused on advancing the synthesis of 2D materials within the context of a national user facility.

Penn State Materials Centers

2DLM

ICAT

ATOMIC

CIMP-3D

Energy Institute

HESE

CNS MRSEC

PSIEE

Institute for Cyberscience

CDP