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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

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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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Sintering Atomically Thin Materials with Ceramics Now Possible

For the first time, researchers have created a nanocomposite of ceramics with a two-dimensional material that opens the door to new designs of nanocomposites with a variety of applications, such as solid-state batteries thermoelectrics, varistors,...
26-Jun-2018 3:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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Camouflaged Nanoparticles Used to Deliver Killer Protein to Cancer

A team of Penn State researchers has developed a biomimetic nanosystem to deliver therapeutic proteins to selectively target cancerous tumors.
13-Jun-2018 8:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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Mechanotargeting of Cancer Cells

Diseased cells such as metastatic cancer cells have markedly different mechanical properties that can be used to improve targeted drug uptake, according to a team of researchers at Penn State.
4-Jun-2018 12:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Flexible, Highly Efficient Multimodal Energy Harvesting

A piezoelectric ceramic foam supported by a flexible polymer support provides a 10-fold increase in the ability to harvest mechanical and thermal energy over standard piezo composites, according to Penn State researchers.
17-May-2018 8:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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A Simple Method Etches Patterns at the Atomic Scale

A precise chemical-free method for etching nanoscale features on silicon wafers has been developed by a team from Penn State and Southwest Jiaotong University and Tsinghua University in China.
23-Apr-2018 4:05 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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