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When Bonding Noble Metals to 2D Materials, Interfaces Matter

Researchers at Penn State and Purdue University have developed new materials for improved single-atom catalysis and future electronics.
25-Feb-2020 1:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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A New Class of Materials Shows Strange Electron Properties

A method to observe a new class of topological materials, called Weyl semimetals, has been developed by researchers at Penn State, MIT, Tohoku University, Japan and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. The material’s unusual electronic properties...
11-Feb-2020 11:35 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Penn State Receives Five-year $3.7 Million Grant to Study Virus Evolution

An interdisciplinary team led by Penn State has received a five-year $3.7 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation’s new program on convergence research. The grant is in two phases, depending on successful completion of phase one...
11-Feb-2020 11:20 AM EST Add to Favorites

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New Method to Detect Defects in 2D Materials for Future Electronics, Sensors

A team of researchers from Penn State, Northeastern University, Rice University and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil have developed a technique to quickly and sensitively characterize defects in 2D materials.
24-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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A Wearable Gas Sensor for Health and Environmental Monitoring

A highly sensitive wearable gas sensor for environmental and human health monitoring may soon become commercially available, according to researchers at Penn State and Northeastern University.
16-Jan-2020 10:45 AM EST Add to Favorites

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A New Method to Study Lithium Dendrites Could Lead to Better, Safer Batteries

Lithium ion batteries often grow needle-like structures between electrodes that can short out the batteries and sometimes cause fires. Now, an international team of researchers has found a way to grow and observe these structures to understand ways...
8-Jan-2020 2:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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A Fast and Inexpensive Device to Capture and Identify Viruses

A device to quickly capture and identify various strains of virus has been developed, according to researchers at Penn State and New York University.
20-Dec-2019 12:55 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Fabrication of New Photonic Liquid Crystals Could Lead to Next Generation Displays and Advanced Photonic Applications

A new technique to change the structure of liquid crystals could lead to the development of fast-responding liquid crystals suitable for next generation displays , for example 3-D, augmented and virtual reality and advanced photonic applications.
8-Nov-2019 11:30 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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