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Materials Innovation Platforms (MIP)

MIPs embrace the paradigm set forth by the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) which strives to “discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials in half the time and at a fraction of the cost.”  Platforms respond to the increasing complexity of conducting materials research that requires the close collaboration of multidisciplinary teams who have access to cutting edge tools.
The 2DCC-MIP is funded by NSF cooperative agreement DMR-1539916.

User Facilities

User Facilities

The unique properties of 2D chalcogenides often emerge in ultrathin or monolayer films, necessitating atomic-level control of film growth mode, stoichiometry, point defects and structural imperfections. To address these challenges, the 2DCC-MIP is developing advanced synthesis tools equipped with real-time, in-situ characterization tools that probe the growth, electronic structure, and materials properties of atomically thin films.  The experimental work is supported by theoretical techniques including molecular dynamics simulations and reactive force-field modeling to address the complex kinetic issues surrounding materials synthesis.  Additional facilities are available for bulk growth of layered chalcogenides to provide high quality crystals grown under near-equilibrium conditions. 

The 2DCC user facilities for crystal growth and thin film deposition will be housed in two building on the Penn State University Park campus – the Millennium Science Complex and Davey Laboratory.  The majority of the equipment will be housed in three facilities on the first floor of the Millennium Science Complex – the MBE facility, the CVD facility and the Furnace facility.   These facilities comprise approximately 4,000 square feet of facility space dedicated to thin film deposition, crystal growth and materials processing and are located on the same floor as the Nanofabrication Laboratory.  Additional facility space in the basement of Davey Laboratory will house a second MBE system.

Materials Characterization Lab

Materials Characterization Lab

Fully-staffed, open access, analytical research facility charged with enabling research and educating the next generation of highly qualified researchers.

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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 devices.

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Materials Computation Center

Materials Computation Center

Primary goal is to support Penn State faculty working in computer-based simulations of materials- across the various length and time scales.

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