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Method improves semiconductor fiber optics, paves way for developing devices

Rapid screening machine can read and separate protein sequences

Fast capture of cancer markers will aid in diagnosis and treatment.

Six University faculty members have received the 2017 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement

Inaugural CRAFT Center Workshop Highlights Fiber Technology

Research News

Apr 4 2017

Six University faculty members have received the 2017 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement.

Mar 30 2017

The textile industry in the US is making a comeback after a decades-long slump. Crucial to the resurgence of textile manufacturing in America is investment in advanced fiber technologies that add value to traditional textiles.

Mar 27 2017

Written by Krista Weidner

That constant change is what motivates materials scientist Lauren Zarzar in her research.

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.

Millennium Cafe

Engineering Crystal Structure and Elemental Composition in Nanomaterials via Cation Exchange

The ability to selectively form one crystal structure among several options in a polymorphic system is an important goal in solid-state synthesis, as the arrangement of constituent atoms in a solid helps to define the properties of the material. Using nanoscale cation exchange, we have begun to develop a rational approach for selectively obtaining metastable polymorphs of transition metal sulfides.

Biology and Physical Properties Interact During Oral Texture Perception

Quantitative and reliable measures of perceptual phenomenon can be obtained via psychophysical methods that date back to 1860. In the mouth, food sensations result from physical and chemical stimuli that activate biologically determined mechanisms. This talk will discuss physical and biological factors involved in the perception of chocolate and pudding.  

Four Lab Solution: Theory, Synthesis, Fabrication, Characterization

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.

New Capabilities & Emerging Materials Research

Materials for Humanity
Humanitarian Materials Engineering

Socially responsible engineering in the developing regions of the world

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Institute for Cyberscience


Industry and University Collaboration

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