Where curiosity leads: The search for a styrofoam replacement leads to biomaterials with broader impact
In 2017, MRI and Penn State began piloting a new program aimed to support the further development of strategic collaboration with industry.
Proof that a new ability to grow thin films of an important class of materials called complex oxides will, for the first time, make these materials commercially feasible, according to Penn State materials scientists.
Complex oxides are crystals with a composition that typically consists of oxygen and at least two other, different elements. In their crystalline form and depending on the combination of elements, complex oxides display a tremendous range of properties.
The recent rise in deep learning (DL) is transforming the way many scientists, Geoscientists included, ask questions, formulate solutions and get answers. We are demonstrating promising hydrologic and geotechnical applications, e.g. soil moisture, streamflow, and landslide modeling (Google AI Impact Challenge), where we dedicate some mathematical effort including uncertainties and real-time model updates to the machine. We welcome a conversation regarding where this evolution will take us next.
Thousands of Penn State students graduate each year and seek jobs in academia, national labs, or large companies, but there is another path. Start-up companies create millions of jobs and bring innovative products or services to the world. I will discuss my experience founding a high-tech company that serves the electron microscopy market, discuss risks and rewards, and present “lessons learned” along the way.
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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.
The 2DCC-MIP is focused on advancing the synthesis of 2D materials within the context of a national user facility.
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.
Our primary goal is to support internal and external users working in computer-based simulations of materials across the various length and time scales.
Institute for Cyberscience
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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