Grant focuses on 'hydrogen sponge' for use in fuel-cell vehicles
The "clean-energy economy" always seems a few steps away but never quite here. Fossil fuels still power transportation, heating and cooling, and manufacturing, but a team of scientists from Penn State and Florida State University have come one step closer to inexpensive, clean hydrogen fuel with a lower cost and industrially scalable catalyst that produces pure hydrogen through a low-energy water-splitting process.
One of the latest ventures to come out of Penn State, Persea Naturals, began with an unintended discovery. Gregory R. Ziegler, professor of food science in the College of Agricultural Sciences, was extracting starch from avocado pits when he noticed something interesting. When avocado pits are pulverized, an enzymatic reaction produces a bright orange color. After extracting the starch, Ziegler just couldn’t get the color to wash away.
3rd Annual Pitch Competition sponsored by PPG is an opportunity for graduate students to pitch your research in 2 minutes or less.
Materials Day 2017 will dig deep into a number of the emerging "Hot Topics in Materials" research.
The workshop will bring together a wide spectrum of research scientists to build synergy in layered materials and nano-device research.
This international conference will cover the most recent advancements in the science and technology of ferroelectric and dielectric materials.
June 14: TGA and Simultaneous DSC/TGA Analysis
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.
Harnessing Big Data to Address Pollinator Decline
Bees are critical pollinators of agricultural crops, but populations of both managed and wild pollinators are in decline globally. Penn State’s Center for Pollinator Research represents the largest consortium in the world of researchers, educators, extension specialists and outreach coordinates tackling issues related to pollinator decline, management and biology. Multiple interacting factors are driving pollinator declines, many of which are associated with biotic and abiotic features of the landscape, including the availability of forage, pesticide use, population densities, and climate. We are coupling information on honey bee population health with landscape information to develop predictive models of bee health. Our goal is to develop a web-based tool that beekeepers, land managers, growers, and policymakers can use to evaluate the quality of their landscapes for supporting bee populations and obtain recommendations for improving their landscapes and management practices.
The Exquisite Corpse: The Intersection of Art, Anatomy, and Technological Innovation
Exploding traditional disciplinary boundaries, Cristin Millett’s investigations of medicine and its history are integral to her artistic process. Her research stems from her childhood growing up in a medical household where discussions focused on the human body. Whereas most scholars respond to their research through writing, Millett expresses the results of her critical analysis by creating works of art. She reinvents established methods of sculpture by incorporating new advances in digital technology, including CNC machining, 3D printing, and robotics, with the time-honored practices of stone carving and bronze casting. Her objects and installations prompt a contemporary cultural critique of societal issues surrounding reproduction and gender identity.
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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