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Thicker, denser, better: New electrodes may hold key to advanced batteries

To improve battery performance and production, Penn State researchers and collaborators have developed a new fabrication approach that could make for more efficient batteries that maintain energy and power levels.
28-Aug-2023 4:35 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Mussels inspire an eco-friendly way to extract critical rare earth elements

For clean, environmentally friendly rare earth element extraction, Penn State researchers found inspiration under the sea: mussel stickiness.
11-Aug-2023 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Zentropy and the art of creating new ferroelectric materials

Systems in the Universe trend toward disorder, with only applied energy keeping the chaos at bay. The concept is called entropy, and examples can be found everywhere: ice melting, campfire burning, water boiling. Zentropy theory, however, adds...
11-Aug-2023 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Mirror, mirror, who is the most efficient semiconductor of them all?

The next generation of 2D semiconductor materials doesn’t like what it sees when it looks in the mirror. Penn State researchers may have solved this issue.
9-Aug-2023 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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New ferroelectric material could give robots muscles

New ferroelectric material could give robots muscles actuation of ferroelectric polymers driven by Joule heating.
5-Jul-2023 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Newborn baby inspires sensor design that simulates human touch

As we move into a world where human-machine interactions are becoming more prominent, pressure sensors that are able to analyze and simulate human touch are likely to grow in demand. One challenge facing engineers is the difficulty in making the...
28-Jun-2023 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Newly acquired 3D printer boosts Penn State’s advanced ceramic research

A recently installed 3D ceramics printer offers Penn State materials researchers advanced capabilities to easily produce high-resolution ceramic parts and other innovative ceramics for cutting-edge materials research at a lower cost than sourcing...
27-Jun-2023 10:40 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Penn State and onsemi partner to boost silicon carbide research in the U.S.

Penn State and onsemi, a leader in intelligent power and sensing technologies, have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding toward an $8 million strategic collaboration that includes the establishment of the onsemi Silicon Carbide...
22-May-2023 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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The Penn State Materials Research Institute (MRI) is an interdisciplinary organization for engaging strategic research at the cross-section of education, science, and innovation. Our activities span the physical, engineering, and life sciences, and draw upon the expertise of a diverse faculty in departments across the campus. The key characteristics of this organization are an entrepreneurial and collaborative faculty culture, core facilities with technical staff and state-of-the-art equipment, three buildings dedicated to interdisciplinary materials research, and continuous support provided by the University. Our faculty and programs are driven by excellence in science and education, by long-term partnerships with industry and the Commonwealth, and by a commitment to achieving real world impact.



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