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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


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

New Traffic Rules in Graphene City

Methods to control the ballistic movement of electrons in bi-layer graphene - called a valve and beamsplitter - could be a new way to control electron traffic in electronic devices.
5-Dec-2018 3:30 PM EST Add to Favorites


A 3D Imaging Technique Unlocks Properties of Perovskite Crystals

A team of materials scientists from Penn State, Cornell and Argonne National Laboratory have, for the first time, visualized the 3D atomic and electron density structure of the most complex perovskite crystal structure system decoded to date.
5-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites


Citrate-based Biomaterial Fuels Bone Healing with Less Rejection

A material based on a natural product of bones and citrus fruits, called citrate, provides the extra energy stem cells need to form new bone tissue, according to a team of Penn State bioengineers.
26-Nov-2018 8:00 AM EST Add to Favorites


3D Electron Microscopy Uncovers the Complex Guts of Desalination Membranes

Careful sample preparation, electron tomography and quantitative analysis of 3D models provides unique insights into the inner structure of reverse osmosis membranes widely used for salt water desalination wastewater recycling and home use,...
23-Oct-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

A Device to Harvest Energy from Low-frequency Vibrations

A team of researchers from Penn State’s Materials Research Institute and the University of Utah has developed a wearable energy harvesting device that could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging. The device, about the...
27-Aug-2018 7:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites


Self-Heating, Fast-Charging Battery Makes Electric Vehicles Climate-Immune

Californians do not purchase electric vehicles because they are cool, they buy EVs because they live in a warm climate. Conventional lithium-ion batteries cannot be rapidly charged at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit
23-Aug-2018 1:05 PM 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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