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May 5, 2015

CopyCat: Real Life Tales of Plagiarism in Papers and Proposals

Joshua Robinson | Materials Science & Engineering

New PSU Capabilities for Analyzing Surface Chemistry in Materials and the Life Sciences

Vince Bojan | Materials Characterization Lab

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Materials Research News & Press Releases

red blood cell (left) infected with malaria parasiteModel uncovers malaria parasite causes red blood cell changes

April 27, 2015 - A model of a malaria-infected red blood cell may lead to better ways to treat malaria, according to a team of engineers and molecular biologists who investigated how this parasite infection causes the red blood cells to stiffen.
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overall, psu ranks 17 nationally in researchLatest NSF rankings: Penn State scores high in broad range of research fields

March 18, 2015 - The fields and sub-fields in which Penn State ranked in the top ten are materials (1st), psychology (2nd), mechanical engineering (3rd), sociology (3rd), electrical engineering (4th), total engineering (5th), aerospace engineering (8th), computer science (8th), agricultural sciences (8th), civil engineering (9th), atmospheric sciences (9th), and earth sciences (9th).
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Customer Quotes

  • "The level of technical resources provided by the PSU Nanofab can help enable and extend the continued growth and global reach of our Pennsylvania-based company. We enthusiastically support the PSU Nanofab and will actively seek ways to strengthen our relationship with this valuable resources."

  • "As a small business resources are often limited, Nanofab 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."

  • "Nanovus is successful at the Penn State Nanofab because the world class facility is well maintain by a professional dedicated staff. There are baseline recipes for all of the equipment and the staff actively provides technical support on the equipment and process flow. The Nanofab is complemented by the professionally staffed, full characterization suite in the same building. I have not found the the breadth or depth of abilities anywhere else."

  • "We have been using the fabrication facilities at Penn State to build and characterize our development devices for five years. The equipment is well maintained by a knowledgeable, capable, and helpful staff so its ready when we are. We've saved millions in capital and operational expenditures; more importantly, we saved precious time. Great job, keep it up!"

  • 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.

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Mallouk elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences

Thomas Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University, has been elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Election to membership in the academy is one of the highest honors accorded to U.S. scientists or engineers by their peers.
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Focus on Materials

Focus on Materials Fall/Winter Edition

Fall 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 the field of smart or active materials includes a wide range of materials that react to some kind of outside stimulus and respond in a useful way.

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