Penn State's MRI is a catalyst for multidisciplinary education and innovations in materials.

Of particular significance is the recent creation of a direct interface with the life sciences in our newest interdisciplinary building, the Millennium Science Complex. With our capabilities in electronic materials and devices, functional polymers and nanoscience, materials synthesis and computation, Penn State is uniquely positioned to apply our materials research to critical challenges of the future in semiconductors, manufacturing, infrastructure, healthcare, and more.

It is our vision to apply both the depth and breadth of our collective expertise to engage in research without boundaries, and thereby to create a new generation of highly qualified graduates who can both communicate and innovate in a converging technological world.

Funding Sources Include

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • State Industry Foundations Homeland Security

About Penn State

Penn State is a multi-campus, land-grant, public research University that educates students from around the world, and supports individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research and service. Penn State is an R1 university, a classification given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Higher Education to the very best research universities in America, reaching a record $1.034 billion in research expenditures during fiscal year 2021-22. The University’s discovery-oriented, collaborative and interdisciplinary research and scholarship promote human and economic development, global understanding, and advancement in professional practice through the expansion of knowledge and its applications in the natural and applied sciences, social and behavioral sciences, engineering, technology, arts and humanities, and myriad professions. The University’s instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional, continuing and extension education, offered through both resident instruction and distance learning. Penn State’s educational programs are enriched by the talent, knowledge, diversity, creativity and teaching and research acumen of its faculty, students and staff. As Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant university, Penn State provides unparalleled access to education and public service to support the citizens of the commonwealth and beyond. The University engages in collaborative activities with private sector, educational and governmental partners worldwide to generate, integrate, apply and disseminate knowledge that is valuable to society.

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Visiting scientists & research associates


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