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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.

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Online Training Videos

The Nanofab staff has created 18 training videos for many of the most sought after pieces of equipment in the Penn State Nanofabrication facility. Learn more...

Latest News

Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition

Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition

Yamamoto receives ONR grant for scalable manufacturing of polymer nanocomposites

Namiko Yamamoto receives ONR grant for scalable manufacturing of polymer nanocomposites

A Neurosurgeon and an Electrical Engineer Walk into a Lab

Hemispherical coils for localized neural stimulation - 1/2 the size of a grain of salt 

Self-healing, flexible electronic material restores functions after many breaks

A new electronic material can heal all its functions automatically even after breaking multiple times.

Under Pressure: New Technique Could Make Large, Flexible Solar Panels More Feasible

A new, high-pressure, plasma-free approach to creating large-area, thin-film semiconductors

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Apr 14 2016

Electron micrographs of malaria gametocytes

Mar 24 2016

Microfluidic devices gently rotate small organisms and cells

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

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 Nanofabrication Lab
Nanofabrication Lab

Fabrication at the nano- and micro-scale, in conjunction with materials and device characterization utilizing the most advanced techniques available, and a suite of computational modeling capabilities backed by faculty experts.

The Materials Computation Center
Materials Computation Center

The Materials Computation Center (MCC) is primarily focused on supporting Penn State faculty working in computer-based simulation of materials across the various length and time scales.

NSF MIP Materials Innovation Platform
2D Crystal Consortium (2DCC)

2DCC is focused on the development of two dimensional (2D) chalcogenides for applications in next generation electronics beyond silicon for digital circuits and flexible electronics. 

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

Penn State Materials Centers





Energy Institute




Institute for Cyberscience