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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.

September 17 Webinar Registration

Webinar Name

Seeing is Believing: New sSNOM Tool for Nanoscale Optical Characterization


Capability to investigate properties of materials by non-destructive optical tools is fundamentally limited by diffraction (Abbe’s limit). Since nanomaterials, by definition, may have properties modulated at the scale of a few nanometers, the ultimate methods of characterization are required, with good enough spatial resolution, sensitive to optical/electronic properties. Until recently, those have been limited to electron microscopy based.

This talk will present scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (sSNOM) as a technique to reveal optical properties of regular (and twisted) 2DMs. A range of methods will be covered that allow to reach beyond simple imaging: for example, in twisted graphene, phonon-plasmon polariton coupling will be discussed in detail.


Dr. Slava V. Rotkin, Materials Research Institute, Department of Engineering Science & Mechanics, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Penn State University

Date & Time

September 17, 2019
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Millennium Science Complex, N-201


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On University Park campus?  Attend in person at the Millennium Science Complex in room N-201.