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Welcome to the Center for Nanoscale Science

The Center for Nanoscale Science is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) supported by the National Science Foundation under grant DMR-1420620. The Center supports collaborative, interdisciplinary research efforts in the area of nanoscale materials.

IRG1 - Designing Functionality into Layered Ferroics

IRG2 - Powered Motion at the Nanoscale

IRG 3 - High-Pressure Enabled Electronic Metalattices

IRG 4 - Multicomponent Assemblies for Collective Function

Graduate students who participate in MRSEC research also engage in a variety of professional development, outreach, education, and community building activities.

Interdisciplinary Research Groups

Currently the Center is composed of four (4) Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRG). Common themes of complex materials synthesis and length scale dependent physical phenomena permeate all four of the IRGs. These research themes are integrated with major efforts in educational and industrial outreach.

News at MRSEC

MRSEC graduate student Liqiang Ren received this highly competitive award established to provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding graduate students performing industrially sponspored researach at Penn State. 

Congratulations Liqiang!

Susan Trolier-McKinstry professor of ceramic science and engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park.  For development of thin film multilayer ceramic capacitors and piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems. Read the story in PENN STATE | NEWS

Chris Giebink, associate professor of electrical engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Antireflection coating makes plastic invisible See the story in PENN STATE | NEWS

MRSEC Faculty member Mikael Rechtsman (IRG4) has been awarded the International Commision for Optics (ICO) Prize for 2018 for his "pioneering contributions to the field of topological photonics." He will be receiving his prize at the next ICO conference in Carthage, Tunis next year.

Congratulations to Mikael Rechtsman.  Kudos.

MRSEC Faculty member Tom Mallouk (IRG1, IRG2) has been selected by Clavirates Analytics as a "Highly Cited Researcher" for 2018.  Only 15 members of the entire Penn State faculty have been selected for this honor this year.

Congratulations to Tom Mallouk. Kudos.

Our PREM partner at the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is seeking candidates for the following opportunities:
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Characterization of Nanomaterials.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nanoplasmonics.  
More info.

Upcoming Events 2019

Professional Development Seminar

"Oh the Place You'll Go. . .With a Graduate Internship"
Alyssa Rosas, PSU Grad Student
Grad Intern Experience:
3M Intern & National Institute for Materials Science in Japan

RSVP here

Seminar will begin at 12:20, lunch will be served at 12:05. 

MRSEC Seminar: Aditya Khair

Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy
"Active or electrophoretic particles in shear flow"

Seminar will begin at 12:20 PM, lunch will be available from 12:05 PM. 


MRSEC Seminars are on Monday’s at 12:20 noon in S-5 Osmond Lab unless otherwise noted.

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