The Materials Research Institute

The Materials Research Institute at Penn State

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, Penn State is uniquely positioned to apply our materials research to critical challenges of the future in healthcare.

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.

MRI Encompasses

  • 5 Colleges15 Departments
  • 200+ Faculty
  • 100 Researchers
  • 800+ Graduate Students

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


NSF MIP Materials Innovation Platform
2D Crystal Consortium (2DCC)

The 2DCC-MIP is focused on advancing the synthesis of 2D materials within the context of a national user facility.

The Materials Characterization Lab
Materials Characterization Lab

The Materials Characterization Lab (MCL) is a fully-staffed, open access, analytical research facility charged with enabling research and educating the next generation of highly qualified researchers.

The Materials Computation Center
Materials Computation Center

Our primary goal is to support internal and external users working in computer-based simulations of materials across the various length and time scales.

The Nanofabrication Lab
Nanofabrication Lab

Our staff scientists and engineers will enable users to transition fundamental research in nanomaterials to innovation-driven multicomponent integrated devices and systems.

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