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Ultrahigh piezoelectric performance demonstrated in ceramic materials

Communities, researchers join forces to design framework for sustainable housing

Mauricio Terrones honored as Evan Pugh Professor at Penn State

Materials researchers honored for achievements as academic inventors

Novel cross phenomena theory could predict most effective materials

Grant from Manufacturing PA Initiative to improve glass recycling technology

Research News

May 6 2022

By Jamie Oberdick

A novel theory of cross phenomena could be applied to predict whether a new material would be effective for use in various applications from improved medical ultrasounds to more efficient refrigerators, according to a Penn State researcher.   

May 6 2022

Mauricio Terrones, Verne M. Wilaman Professor of Physics and professor of chemistry and of materials science and engineering, has been named an Evan Pugh University Professor, the highest honor that Penn State bestows on a faculty member.

May 2 2022

Penn State professors Clive Randall and T.C. Mike Chung have been named 2021 fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

The distinction honors academic inventors “who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society,” according to NAI.

Pioneers of Materials

Focus on Materials Magazine

MEET THE NEW GUARD: New perspectives from new minds are often necessary for innovation, so MRI has recently brought on board a variety of new faculty members. These faculty members hold joint appointments from a variety of departments at Penn State.
At Penn State, sensor research is in a kind of renaissance. In fact, this is the first Focus on Materials to have a theme issue on sensors in 15 years.

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Neuroethics: Addressing ethical, social, and cultural implications of neurotechnologies

Knowing when you have crossed the line from an ethical to an unethical situation can at times be difficult to discern. Neuroethics is a relatively recent interdisciplinary field that describes, examines, and looks for practical ways to address ethical, social and cultural implications of advances in neuroscience and neurotechnologies. Neuroethisists working together with other disciplines aim to strengthen and ensure the responsible research and innovation around neurotechnologies.

Help Win the $50M XPRIZE from Elon Musk: Capture and Store 1B tonnes of CO2/year

PlantVillage is the largest and most technologically advanced decision support system for smallholder farmers in the world. The biggest threat facing all farmers (smallholder farmers or otherwise) is climate change. We focus on climate change adaptation reaching 16 million farmers/week with expectations for a x10 increase in the coming 3 years. This number of farmers could be a massive assist in climate change mitigation. Farms in the global south could draw down and store carbon enabling a massive wealth transfer to solve poverty in a single generation. PlantVillage has won both the Student and Milestone Carbon XPRIZE and we are competing for the $50 million prize and we need your help: engineers, material scientists, dreamers. Come join us and save the world!

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A Culture of Interdisciplinary Research

Penn State’s investment in its interdisciplinary research institutes, including the Materials Research Institute (MRI), has created a culture of strong collaborations across disciplines. At Penn State, many researchers have the support of both their academic departments and the university-wide institutes, such as MRI. By encouraging crosscutting research, MRI and its sister institutes open up traditional silos of knowledge to the stimulus of other viewpoints and new ideas. This mingling of disciplines, often called “convergence,” brings together the physical and life sciences with engineering and computation to solve the most complex problems facing society today and in the future.

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