University Park Campus

October 20-21, 2022

Please save October 20 and 21 for Materials Day 2022, the annual marquee event for materials-related interdisciplinary science and engineering at Penn State. Held by the Materials Research Institute, this year’s event theme is "Materials Impacting Society." Breakout sessions and topics will address a perennial issue in university research: Researchers translating their discoveries in the lab to a point that they can be transitioned into the marketplace where they can benefit society.

Materials Day will be an in-person conference this year. The event will feature poster sessions and keynote addresses at University Park’s HUB-Robeson Center on October 20, followed by a reception at the Millennium Science Complex. This year’s Materials Day keynotes will be John Mauro, Penn State professor of materials science and engineering, and Dan Hayes, professor of biomedical engineering. October 21 will feature a variety of breakout sessions by Penn State faculty and industry leaders at the Millennium Science Complex.

The Materials Day Planning Committee anticipates that the informative sessions and many opportunities for networking among industry, government and Penn State attendees will be a launchpad for future collaborations. We look forward to seeing you in October!


Keynote Speakers

History of Glass

Glass has proven to be one of the most important materials enabling the development of modern human civilization. Glasses are key components in many cutting edge industries, including energy, medicine, architecture, information, communication, electronics, automotive, aerospace, optics, houseware, and packaging. In each of these sectors, glasses have provided an enormous positive impact on humankind, leading some researchers to propose that we are now living in the Glass Age. In this United Nations International Year of Glass, we offer historical perspective on the influence of glass and discuss emerging research trends in glass science and engineering.

Regenerative Medicine

Biomaterials have played an integral role in the development of the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The applications of biomaterials are far ranging from graft martials, to controlled drug delivery, to additively manufactured, patient personalized devices.  In many cases the development of new materials has led the development of new, more effective interventions and therapies. The field of biomaterials is leveraging established and emerging techniques such as nanofabrication, 3D bioprinting and self-assembly along with innovations in composition such as 2D layered materials, nucleic acid origami, stimuli responsive “smart” materials and metal organic frameworks to advance regenerative engineering.  Here we will offer perspective on the emerging trends in biomaterials and the impact these have on the field of regenerative engineering.