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An Understanding of Relaxor Ferroelectric Properties Could Lead to Advances in Multiple Fields 

A Simple Device to Monitor Health Using Sweat

Focus on Materials Spring 2020 Issue

Online science outreach helps fill a void during COVID-19 quarantine

Killing Corona Virus with UV Light

MRI Labs Open

Penn State is cautiously reopening its research labs and MRI is inviting industry and other universities who may not have reopened to make use of our Nanofabrication Facility, our Materials Characterization Laboratory, and the Materials Computation Center.

Please visit our website for information regarding these laboratories' capabilities and for contact information for the appropriate expert staff. For further information on MRI's and Penn State's response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Read full details here →


Per the Department of the State, the arrival of all visitors, visiting scholars, and post-docs who were expected to arrive prioro to August 1, 2020 will be asked to reschedule their visits until further notice.

Research News

Jun 9 2020

Focus on Materials Spring 2020 Issue

Jun 3 2020

Penn State’s Center for Nanoscale Science releases a new website full of family-friendly, at-home science experiments

With families stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, the need for quality online resources to help fill the time has skyrocketed. But don’t fret — Penn State’s Center for Nanoscale Science has just launched Mission: Materials Science.

Jun 1 2020

A personal, handheld device emitting high intensity ultraviolet light to disinfect areas by killing the Corona virus is now feasible, according to researchers at Penn State, the University of Minnesota and two Japanese universities.

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.

History of Materials at Penn State

Welcome Back to the Labs


Materials Day 2020

Convergence of Materials and Life: November 10 - 11 Virtual and Free Event

This year's Materials Day will be highlighted by the theme The Convergence of Materials and Life. Join us virtually for a unique and informative Materials Day experience.
Details & Agenda.

Millennium Café

No Millennium Cafe 6/30

There will not be Millennium Cafe on Tuesday, June 30.

Focus on Materials Magazine

5G & BEYOND: The fifth generation (5G) is upon us, but how is Penn State equipped to advance the technology? Focus on Materials talked to six Penn State faculty with expertise in 5G to gain a perspective on Penn State’s role in the future of 5G and beyond.

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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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Four Lab Solution: Theory, Synthesis, Fabrication, Characterization

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

High-res Image from the TEM
In Situ Characterization

Flurry of innovations in new components that can be placed inside the TEM

Materials-Related Institutes, Facilities, & Centers





Energy Institute




Institute for Computational and Data Sciences


Industry and University Collaboration

Every organization has different priorities and resources. Directors of the MRI facilities recognize this and help your company leverage our labs in various ways.
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