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A Curious Quirk Brings Organic Diode Lasers One Step Closer

Mimicking biological process, hydrogel signals and releases proteins

Synthetic Material Acts Like an Insect Cloaking Device

Chip-based Sensors with Incredible Sensitivity

Max Wetherington and Professor Andy Hoskins challenge campers to experiment, fail, learn, and repeat in the spaghetti tower competition.

Research News

Oct 20 2017

In Penn State’s Materials Research Institute, an electrical engineer and a biomaterials engineer have joined their expertise to develop a flexible, biodegradable optical fiber to deliver light into the body for medical applications.

Oct 19 2017

A theoretical method to control grain boundaries in two-dimensional materials could result in desirable properties, such as increased electrical conductivity, improved mechanical properties, or magnetism for memory storage or information processing, among other applications.

Oct 18 2017

Every culture on the planet has its ways of producing, using and communicating through its fabrics. Today the inclusion and intertwining of electronic and other kinds of fibers into textiles transform what is possible with these fabrics and now allow us to compute through our clothing, furnishings and our buildings.

Upcoming Events 2017

Every Week 10 a.m.
The Millennium Cafe

An opportunity to spend time "outside the box" developing new ideas and leveraging the collective expertise.

Materials Day 2017 - Resources

Resources such as the Event Program, Poster Abstracts, Breakout Session presentations, and more can be found here.

Focus on Materials Fall 2017 Issue

Advancing Manufacturing

Discovery in materials science can be through new structures, new properties, new composites, and new understanding of materials from properties to the synthetic pathways. The ability to take this knowledge and scale to large-scale processes and production enables the discovery to have a viable societal impact, provide new products and new devices, and to develop new competitive business.

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Millennium Cafe

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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.

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

Electrocaloric Materials Thermally Functional Materials
Thermally Functional Materials

Electrocaloric effect (ECE) based cooling technology

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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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