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When Bonding Noble Metals to 2D Materials, Interfaces Matter

New class of materials shows strange electron properties

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$2.8M grant to fund bioprinting for reconstruction of face, mouth, skull tissues

Penn State Receives Five-year $3.7 Million Grant to Study Virus Evolution

Research News

Jan 29 2020

An interdisciplinary team led by Penn State has received a five-year $3.7 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation’s new program on convergence research. The grant is in two phases, depending on successful completion of phase one milestones.

Convergence brings together disciplines that have not worked together before to solve problems of high complexity with societal impact. Penn State is one of 11universites to receive a convergence grant.

Jan 29 2020

Two-dimensional materials are atomically thin, the most well-known being graphene, a single-atom-thick layer of carbon atoms. The semiconductor industry is interested in using 2D materials for future electronic devices to further shrink these devices and to lower energy consumption. However, a quick and accurate method of detecting defects in 2D materials is needed in order to determine if the material is suitable for manufacturing.

Jan 28 2020

Using straightforward chemistry and a mix-and-match, modular strategy, researchers have developed a simple approach that could produce over 65,000 different types of complex nanoparticles, each containing up to six different materials and eight segments, with interfaces that could be exploited in electrical or optical applications.

360 Virtual Tour of Our Labs

From anywhere, from any device, visit some of our labs virtually. Walk through the Nanofab Lab, the MCL X-ray Diffraction Lab, and the NanoSEM Lab.

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“Hidden Innovation in Local Economies”

Conventional measures of innovation such as patents, R&D spending and science and engineering workforce are narrow and may miss economically important new goods and services, as well as new ways of producing them. In this talk I will discuss where new ideas and innovation can come from and the conditions under which they may arise. This information is then used to construct a measure of innovation that is likely to be occurring in different counties but that is not measured in official statistics. This latent innovation measure explains regional income and job growth beyond other typical explanatory factors.

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What should you do if you see something suspicious? How should you respond if you are the victim of a crime? What if you have a friend that is behaving in a way that concerns you? We are here to help. I will discuss “Who We Are” and the services the Pennsylvania State University Police can provide, not only in a crisis, but in our everyday lives. From a theft, to harassment, to a dead car battery, know how to get help, and what to expect.

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The Materials Research Institute

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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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.

The Materials Characterization Lab
Materials Characterization Lab

The Materials Characterization Lab (MCL) is a fully-staffed, open access, analytical research facility charged with enabling research and educating the next generation of highly qualified researchers.

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.

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.

New Capabilities & Emerging Materials Research

Humanitarian Materials
Humanitarian Materials Engineering

Socially responsible engineering in the developing regions of the world

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