No Millennium Café due to Spring Break. We will return March 21st.

A brief introduction to heterogeneous catalysis and what structure-function relationships across length and timescales can teach us. The Noh research group develops heterogeneous catalysts for atom-efficient chemical transformations of existing and emerging sustainable feedstocks.

Few know about the Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) at Penn State—I'm here today to change that. CSRE is a catalyst, bringing Penn State, government organizations, and industry together to tackle national security challenges. In this talk, I will share how the Center sponsors research, enriches educational opportunities, and works as an interdisciplinary super-connector. Ideas and feedback are welcome. 

Presenter: Lisa Witzig  |  Center for Security Research & Education

Our design and use of technology are fraught with moral implications that involve autonomous agency, value assumptions, unintended consequences, and even justice. Algorithmic bias, questions of moral agency for robots, datamining practices and policies, the social effects of AI and the consequences of increasingly pervasive surveillance technologies – all pose central questions in the field of technology ethics. My talk is aimed at encouraging avenues of critique that examine our technological ethos that often prioritizes efficiency, promotes datafication, and encourages a “cyber-centric” view of life.

Presenter: Patrick Lee Plaisance  |  Bellisario College of Communications

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a gaseous signal transmitter, which regulates various cellular processes in the human body. In my group, we are developing polymer-based delivery systems for this gaseous drug and exploring their use in therapeutic applications. I will discuss how material design impacts H2S delivery and its biological actions in cardiovascular system as well as cancer.  


Quantum materials show great promise for next generation optical, electronic, and spintronic devices as well as other areas of technological interest. In this talk, I will explain what quantum materials are, how we make them one atomic layer at a time using molecular beam epitaxy, and how we are leveraging them for applications in the mid-infrared and terahertz spectral ranges.

Presenter: Stephanie Law  |  Materials Science & Engineering