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Real-Time, Accurate Virus Detection Method Could Help Fight Next Pandemic

A method of highly accurate and sensitive virus identification using Raman spectroscopy, a portable virus capture device and machine learning could enable real-time virus detection and identification to help battle future pandemics, according to a...
7-Jun-2022 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Ultrahigh Piezoelectric Performance Demonstrated in Ceramic Materials

The ability of piezoelectric materials to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy and vice versa makes them useful for various applications from robotics to communication to sensors. A new design strategy for creating ultrahigh-performing...
18-May-2022 9:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Novel cross phenomena theory could predict most effective materials

A novel theory of cross phenomena could be applied to predict whether a new material would be effective for use in various applications from improved medical ultrasounds to more efficient refrigerators, according to a Penn State researcher.  
9-May-2022 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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The Zen of Zentropy

A challenge in materials design is that in both natural and manmade materials, volume sometimes decreases, or increases, with increasing temperature. While there are mechanical explanations for this phenomenon for some specific materials, a general...
10-Mar-2022 10:00 AM EST Add to Favorites

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‘Seeing’ Non-Uniformities In 2D Materials May Lead To New Medical Sensors

A novel and better approach at detecting non-uniformities in the optical properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials could potentially open the door to new uses for these materials, such as the application of 2D materials for drug detection,...
2-Feb-2022 10:30 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Cold-sintering may open door to improved solid-state battery production

Compared to their traditional battery counterparts, solid-state batteries have higher energy potential and are safer, making them key to advancing electric vehicle development and use. Penn State researchers have proposed an improved method of...
26-Jan-2022 10:50 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Solving the ‘big problems’ via algorithms enhanced by 2D materials

Important optimization algorithms that are designed to solve large-scale problems such as airline schedules and supply chain logistics may soon get a boost from 2D materials that will enable the algorithms to better solve the problems and use less...
21-Jan-2022 12:55 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Speedy, on-site drug detection key to reducing impacts of addiction crisis

Rapid, accessible and highly accurate detection of addictive substances such as opiates and cocaine is vital to reducing the adverse personal and societal impacts of addiction, something current drug detection systems can take too long to provide....
21-Jan-2022 12:55 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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