Conformal metasurface coating eliminates crosstalk and shrinks waveguides
A new, lightweight composite material for energy storage in flexible electronics, electric vehicles and aerospace applications has been experimentally shown to store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers, according to a team of Penn State scientists. This polymer-based, ultrathin material can be produced using techniques already used in industry.
Learn about a science contest at Penn State - the Millennium Cafe Pitch Competition - that's helping scientists better communicate the complexity of their work.
Squid-inspired proteins can act as programmable assemblers of 2D materials, like graphene oxide, to form hybrid materials with minute spacing between layers suitable for high-efficiency devices including flexible electronics, energy storage systems and mechanical actuators, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers.
October 17-18 is Materials Day! Featuring experts from government, industry, and academia in informal break-out sessions across two days, Materials Day 2017 will tackle topics that matter, from advanced, sustainable manufacturing to materials for next generation healthcare. Be sure to mark your calendar!
In 12 months, the Penn State Microbiome Center has moved from concept to community. This intercollege initiative turned center started in fall 2016 with the financial and scholarly support of ten colleges and institutes. The Center was further spurred by cluster hires funded by the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Medicine and the Huck Institutes. Today the Microbiome Center is working toward the goal of supporting transformative, interdisciplinary research in microbiomes by fostering long-term working relationships while simultaneously providing infrastructure and resources needed for increasing diversity and breadth of interdisciplinary microbiome research at Penn State.
Modeling, Understanding, and Manipulating Microstructural Patterns in Materials
Pattern formation is common in nature, ranging from biological cell structures, snow-flakes, to cloud patterns. Understanding the structural, chemical, thermal, electrical, and magnetic patterns in materials at different length scales and their responses to the changes in the environmental conditions at different time scales is considered as the holy grail of materials research. In this presentation, I will show a few representative examples to demonstrate the utilization of the phase-field modeling method to understand experimentally observed microstructural patterns and to provide guidance to the synthesis and manipulation of microstructural patterns for optimum properties and device performances.
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.
The 2DCC-MIP is focused on advancing the synthesis of 2D materials within the context of a national user facility.
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.
Our primary goal is to support internal and external users working in computer-based simulations of materials across the various length and time scales.
Institute for Cyberscience
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