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About the Materials Research Institute

MRI provides leadership both at Penn State and in the materials community worldwide, coordinating materials-related activities, maintaining core and shared facilities, training students, and fostering collegial exchanges of expertise.

Millennium Cafe

Center for e-Design: Enriching the Relationship between Industry and Academia”

Colloidal Dispersion Formulated Small Molecule Nanoparticles for Cancer Treatment and Drug Resistance

Human Health and the Environment Seed Grant 2017

Pilot projects that exhibit innovative approaches to significant problems related to human health and the environment are encouraged to be submitted.
See all details on the IEE website.

MCL Workshop with PANalytical March 23

A Practical Approach to Thin Film Metrology

Latest News

Chen receives society’s highest materials science honor

Chen receives society’s highest materials science honor

SciTech Now - 2D Tech

Take a look at the latest advances in the science of 2D technology.

A Possible Solution to a Long-Standing Riddle in Materials Science

A Possible Solution to a Long-Standing Riddle in Materials Science

New Technique Uses Immune Cells to Deliver Anti-Cancer Drugs

New Technique Uses Immune Cells to Deliver Anti-Cancer Drugs

In Memory of L. Eric Cross

In Memory of L. Eric Cross

More News

Jan 10 2017

A Possible Solution to a Long-Standing Riddle in Materials Science

Jan 4 2017

New Technique Uses Immune Cells to Deliver Anti-Cancer Drugs

A new initiative established by Huck and MRI to harness the power of interdisciplinary collaboration.  Learn more about it.

PPG/MRI Undergrad Research Fellowship Program

Participants will be supported with a $5000 stipend, $2500 for research funds, and professional development during.
Applications are due on or before February 20, 2017.

See program details

New & Emerging Research Capabilities

Electrocaloric Materials Thermally Functional Materials
Thermally Functional Materials

Electrocaloric effect (ECE) based cooling technology

Complex metal parts made by additive manufacturing
Additive Manufacturing

"When it comes to U.S. manufacturing, we've lost our swagger, but additive manufacturing will get it back."

Materials for Humanity
Humanitarian Materials Engineering

Socially responsible engineering in the developing regions of the world

Colorized SEM image
2D & Layered Materials and Coatings

One atom-thick substrate of graphene with pristine interfaces between the two layers

High-res Image from the TEM
In Situ Characterization

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

A SLIPS coating on a glass substrate
Bio-inspired Engineering

The bio-inspired invention, called slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces, or SLIPS

Four Lab Solution - An Integral Part of MRI's Strategy for Future Research Excellence

The Materials Characterization Lab
Materials Characterization Lab

Our fully-staffed, open access analytical research facility is charged with enabling research and educating the next generation of highly qualied researchers.

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.

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.

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.

Penn State Materials Centers

2DLM

ICAT

ATOMIC

CIMP-3D

Energy Institute

HESE

CNS MRSEC

PSIEE

Institute for Cyberscience

CDP