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Going gold: Engineers to investigate using gold as catalyst in hydrogenation

AI behind deepfakes may power materials design innovations

When a defect is a good thing

Study challenges standard ideas about piezoelectricity in ferroelectric crystals

Key to resilient energy-efficient AI/machine learning may reside in human brain

Research News

Nov 9 2021

By Jamie Oberdick

A clearer understanding of how a type of brain cell known as astrocytes function and can be emulated in the physics of hardware devices may result in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that autonomously self-repairs and consumes much less energy than the technologies currently do, according to a team of Penn State researchers.  

Nov 8 2021

By Matthew Carroll

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The person staring back from the computer screen may not actually exist, thanks to artificial intelligence (AI) capable of generating convincing but ultimately fake images of human faces. Now this same technology may power the next wave of innovations in materials design, according to Penn State scientists.

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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Pioneers of Materials

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.

MCL Characterization Techniques

Each day in December, watch a new introductory video of an analytical technique that we actively use in our labs at the Materials Research Institute.

Experience all the materials characterization techniques that are available at the Materials Characterization Lab at Penn State! In December, we will be releasing our unique series of introductory videos. Each day watch a new analytical technique that we actively use in our labs at the Materials Research Institute.  ► Watch here

Seed Grant Announcement

 

Quantum Device Chip Packaging and Quantum Systems

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Sustainable Materials

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Convergence at the Intersection of Materials – Life – Health Sciences

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Integrated Projects in Data Science, Advanced Characterization, and Materials Processing

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MRI-ARL Partnership

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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 →

ATTENTION:

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

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

2DLM

ATOMIC

CIMP-3D

HESE

CNS MRSEC

CDP

SOE

AREC-USA at Penn State

3DFeM

ASSIST

BEST Center

CEHMS

LiMC2

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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