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Graduate student finalists show their work during research elevator pitch competition

Penn State graduate students in materials science and materials engineering learn valuable career skills such as concise presentation of their research and win prizes during the 2021 Millennium Café PPG Elevator Pitch Competition on May 15 and May...
1-Jun-2021 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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NSF renews funding for Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a renewal of funding for the Materials Innovation Platform (MIP) national user facility at Penn State’s Materials Research Institute (MRI), the Two-Dimensional Crystal Consortium (2DCC). The 2DCC is...
25-May-2021 11:10 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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“Seeing” previously invisible nano-level glass damage

For the first time, the subsurface structural change of silica glass due to nanoscale wear and damage has been revealed via spectroscopy, which may lead to improvements in glass products such as electronic displays and vehicle windshields, according...
17-May-2021 1:50 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Helpful, engineered 'living' machines in the future?

Engineered soft autonomous materials that respond to stimuli hold great potential for a variety of applications from maintaining infrastructure to cleaning the environment.
28-Apr-2021 3:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Penn State Mourns the Loss of Della Roy

The Penn State and materials research communities are mourning the loss of Della M. Roy, emeritus professor of materials science and a founding member of the Penn State Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), now the Materials Research Institute (MRI)....
12-Apr-2021 3:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Kirigami-style nanostructure fabrication may open new world of micro and nanostructures

Daniel Lopez, Liang Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, explains how he uses kirigami techniques in a potentially more efficient way to fabricate 3D nanostructures for use in flexible electronics. Lopez describes how this...
29-Mar-2021 10:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Sushi-like rolled 2D heterostructures may lead to new miniaturized electronics

A new type of one-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures could lead to miniaturized electronics that are currently not possible.
12-Mar-2021 7:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Shining a light on a forgotten figure in science history

Penn State professor uncovers a 1963 interview with a forgotten, important figure in X-ray diffraction, Walter Friedrich, and translates it with the help of a German professor, making a case that Friedrich deserved to be part of the 1914 Nobel Prize...
3-Mar-2021 2:20 PM EST 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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