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About the Materials Research Institute at Penn State

Research Breakthrough: Cold Sintering

CIMP-3D Advances Direct Metal Printing
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SciTech Now - 2D Tech

Take a look at the latest advances in the science of 2D technology at the Material Research Institute (MRI). MRI scientists are experimenting with graphene, a 2D material being created at the atomic level. Graphene may replace silicon as the base component for microchips, which could make computers and other electronic devices 100 times faster than they are today.

A video simulation of the transport process

Proton transfer through the hydroxyl-terminate graphene quad-vacancy, as obtained from an unbiased ReaxFF reactive force field molecular dynamics simulation at T=300K. Hydrogen atoms specifically relevant to the proton transfer event are colored blue.
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Susan Trolier-McKinstry

The Real Scientist - Susan Trolier-McKinstry

Susan's main research interests include thin films for dielectric and piezoelectric applications. Her group studies the fundamental mechanisms that contribute to the measured properties, processing studies for electroceramic films, and integration of functional materials into microelectromechanical systems.
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Inspiring Research: The Millennium Science Complex

The Penn State Millennium Science Complex is the future of technology and the home of collaboration. Focused on interdisciplinary research, it brings together the chemists, material engineers, scientists and tools necessary to design, build, study and implement next generation technologies.
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Accessing Penn State's Materials Expertise

Penn State's Materials Research Institute partners with large and small companies to find materials solutions to industry problems.
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The Materials Research Institute: Pioneering Innovations in Materials

At Penn State's Materials Research Institute, a new dedicated research building, the Millennium Science Complex, brings together the labs, instruments, and faculty experts to pioneer innovations in materials research.
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Millennium Science Complex (MSC) places Penn State on the leading edge in life sciences and materials research

Penn State brought together the scattered facilities, scientific instruments, and technical staff and consolidates them into one research building (The MSC). The building's wings are occupied by two of Penn State's premier research organizations - The Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences and The Materials Research Institute.
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Penn State: Inspiring Researchers Nanoscience - transforming the way we treat and detect cancer

In research, "small" breakthroughs can have a big impacts, impacts that can save lives. Jim Adair and his team at Penn State are transforming the way we treat and detect cancer through their nanoscience research with a new drug delivery and imaging system utilizing nanojackets. Changing the way that drugs are delivered to cancer patients, reducing the impact on patients and their families.
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Penn State: Inspiring Energy

Penn State researchers Dr. Chao-Yang Wang and Dr. Chris Rahn are co-directors of the "Battery and Energy Storage Technology Center" or "BEST" center. These creative problem solvers are working with corporations around the globe to develop safer and longer lasting battery cells for electric cars and finding better ways to harvest and store energy.
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coating process reveals hard-to-develop fingerprints on noporus surfaces

New forensic fingerprinting approach retrieves elusive prints

Forensics experts can't always retrieve fingerprints from objects, but a new coating process developed by Penn State professors may change that. The process reveals hard-to-develop fingerprints on nonporous surfaces without altering the chemistry of the print.
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Micro and nanoscale medical devices for ultrasound

Penn State Impact: Micro-Medical Frontiers

Penn State materials researchers are at the forefront of new technologies for micro and nanoscale medical devices for ultrasound imaging and drug delivery.
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Materials chemist and physicist investigating ways to lower costs of solar cells

Penn State's Thomas E. Mallouk discusses solar energy research materials

Penn State's Thomas Mallouk, Evan Pugh professor of materials chemistry and physics, leads a research group that is investigating ways to drive down the cost of solar cells, to make them more viable.
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Researching ways to conduct sun's power through wires made of silicon

Penn State professor Joan Redwing discusses harnessing solar energy on a very small scale

Joan Redwing, professor of electrical engineering and materials science at Penn State, researches ways to harness the sun's power by conducting it through wires made of silicon.
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Microbial fuel cells

Bruce Logan of Penn State devoloping microbial fuel cells as new sources of clean, renewable energy

Bruce E. Logan, the Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering at Penn State, is on the cutting edge of developing new sources of clean and renewable energy with his microbial fuel cells, which extract energy from waste water.
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Better batteries for electro- and hydro-cars

Penn State's Chao-Yang Wang explains research toward more efficient battery power

Chao-Yang Wang, the William E. Diefenderfer Chair of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Electrochemical Engine Center at Penn State, is researching ways of making batteries for electro- and hydro-cars.
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Alternate sources of diesel fuel: improve energy situation

André Boehman of Penn State seeks new ways to use fossil fuels efficiently

André Boehman, professor of fuel science and engineering at Penn State, speaks from his diesel combustion and emissions laboratory. His research on alternate sources of diesel fuel aims to improve the country's energy situation.
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Patented new polyolefin-based petroleum to help oil spills

Petro-SAP Powder

At the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. T.C. "Mike" Chung and Dr. Xuepei Yuan have developed and patented a new polyolefin-based petroleum super-absorbent (Petro-SAP) that can effectively transform a maritime oil spill into a floating solid, ready for collection (recovery) and refining as regular crude oil (no waste in natural resources and no disposal issues).
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Petro-SAP far outperforms any of the current methods of oil spill clean-up

Petro-SAP Pellet

At the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. T.C. "Mike" Chung and Dr. Xuepei Yuan have developed and patented a new polyolefin-based petroleum super-absorbent (Petro-SAP). Petro-SAP can be refined along with the absorbed oil to avoid the large amount of hazardous waste byproducts that result from the disposal of other clean-up materials that are burned or land-filled after use.
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Environmentally friendly way to extract oil from tar in sands

A New process cleanly extracts oil from tar sands and fouled beaches

An environmentally friendlier method of separating oil from tar sands has been developed by a team of researchers at Penn State. This method, which utilizes ionic liquids to separate the heavy viscous oil from sand, is also capable of cleaning oil spills from beaches and separating oil from drill cuttings, the solid particles that must be removed from drilling fluids in oil and gas wells.
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Builders, architects, engineers, steelworkers, and researchers sign cantilevered steel beam

Contractors reach milestone in the construction of the Millennium Science Complex

With the help of a large crane, the final steel beam for the cantilevered roof of the Millennium Science Complex(MSC) was raised into place on Tuesday, April 6, marking the next phase in construction of the Rafael Viñ-designed interdisciplinary science center at the heart of Penn State's University Park campus. Prior to the beam's liftoff, building architects, engineers and steelworkers joined representatives of Penn State's research community in a beam signing ceremony.
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Millennium Science Complex

Designed by the internationally renowned firm of Rafael Viñoly Architects, this 275,000 square foot building will bring together both materials researchers and life scientists from the Materials Research Institute and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. Through this interface, the Millennium Science Complex will foster collaborations in the developing convergence of materials and biomedical engineering.
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