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A Virtual Substrate Opens Path to Oxide Films on Silicon for Application in 5G, MEMS, Sensors and Quantum Computation

Proof that a new ability to grow thin films of an important class of materials called complex oxides will, for the first time, make these materials commercially feasible, according to Penn State materials scientists.
5-Jun-2019 9:45 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Add a Carbon Atom to Transform 2D TMD Materials

A technique to substitute carbon-hydrogen species into a single atomic layer of the semiconducting material tungsten disulfide, a transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD)
24-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Substrate Defects Key to Growth of 2D Materials

Researchers at Penn State have discovered a method for improving the quality of a large class of two-dimensional materials with potential for wafer-scale growth.
9-May-2019 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Advances in Cryo-EM Materials May Aid Cancer and Biomedical Research

A new type of grid for use in cryogenic electron microscopy is turning cryoEM from an art to a science.
18-Apr-2019 8:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Supercrystal: A Hidden Phase of Matter Created by a Burst of Light

“Frustration” plus a pulse of laser light resulted in a stable “supercrystal” created by a team of researchers led by Penn State and Argonne National Laboratory, together with University of California, Berkeley, and two other national labs.
18-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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An Antireflection Coating That Makes Plastic invisible

Antireflection (AR) coatings on plastics have a multitude of practical applications, such as reducing the glare on eyeglasses, computer monitors or on the display on your smart phone when out of doors. Now, researchers at Penn State have developed...
30-Jan-2019 9:35 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Creating a Roadmap for 2D Materials

An invited article in the December online edition of the journal 2D Materials provides a roadmap for the synthesis of electronic-grade two-dimensional materials for future electronic and sensing applications.
16-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Predicting the Properties of a New Class of Glasses

ZIF glasses, a new family of glass, could combine the transparency of silicate glass with the nonbrittle quality of metallic glass, according to researchers at Penn State and Cambridge University, UK.
20-Dec-2018 10:05 AM 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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