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Pollock Road
University Park, PA 16802
phone: 814.863.8407
fax: 814.865.7173

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Dinesh Agrawal

Welcome to MPEG The  Microwave Processing & Engineering Center

This center is the world’s leading institution in the study of the interaction of matter with microwave radiation.

It has published some 230+ papers and about 20 patents. Its success is based on a sequence of remarkable discoveries:

  • Increasing the kinetics by 10-100X, of all reactions involving the most important materials of modern materials science: BaTiO3; ferrites, silicon, powdered metals, WC/Co, etc.
  • The details and principles of "Anisothermal" reactions in any multiphase systems
  • Applicability of microwave energy to process metallic materials: Sintering, brazing, melting, etc.
  • The physical materials processing utilizing separation of E & H fields at microwave frequencies
  • The radical differences between the E & H fields in interaction with matter, including the formation of different phases, and dramatic differences in reaction kinetics.
  • The ability to de-crystallize many of the most significant crystalline phases of materials technology—in a few seconds
  • Synthesis of ZnO microtubes and carbon nanotubes

Most of the center support has come from two dozen companies and the government agencies.