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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-2011839 (2020 - 2026). The Center supports collaborative, interdisciplinary research efforts in the area of nanoscale materials.

IRG1 -  2D Polar Metals and Heterostructures

IRG 2 - Crystalline Oxides with High Entropy

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MRSEC grads and Upward Bound students bond at Arts Fest Kids Day.

IRG 4 - Multicomponent Assemblies for Collective Function

IRG 3 - High-Pressure Enabled Electronic Metalattices

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

Paul Orbe an RET (Research Experience for Teachers) program participant research with Ismmaila Dabo lead to a published a paper resulting from research on hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles have helped curtail the global consumption of petroleum-based fuels for personal transportation. Photocatalysis offers a potential solution for the solar generation of hydrogen by electrochemically cleaving water. Data-driven materials screening could expedite the discovery and development of efficient photocatalysts.

The Research Experience for Teachers collaboration resulted in a published paper focused on creating 3D printed equipment to help make the measurement of liquid contact angles on solid surfaces more accessible for K12 classrooms. The developed system was created utilizing the Penn State Makers Commons' 3D printers, while various sample surfaces surfaces were additionally explored using the Material Characterization Laboratory's Scanning Electron Microscope and a MRSEC-funded laboratory goniometer.

Shirell E. Klein, a former Cal State LA PREM authored a joint published paper listed in the 2020 Most Popular Articles, "Green Synthesis of Reduced Ti3C2Tx MXene Nanosheets with Enhanced Conductivity, Oxidation Stability, and SERS Activity".

Yihuang Xiong co-authored a paper "Data-Driven Analysis of the Electronic-Structure Factors Controlling the Work Functions of Perovskite Oxides" on tuning work functions of materials is critical to the performance of microelectric and (photo) electrochemical devices. The IRG 2 Entropy validated data-driven models to predcit the work functions of cubic perovskites from simple electronic simple electronic descriptors, which may ultimately be applied to high-entropy perovskites. Read the paper in PCCP.

Shirell Klein, a former Cal-State LA student authored a published paper that resulted from a Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Pennsylvania State University. The paper "Green Synthesis of Zr-based Metal-Organic Framework Hydrogel Composites and their Enhanced Adsorptive Properties" appeared in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers.

Researchers led by Shengxi Huang, assistant professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Penn State, have altered 2D materials to enhance light emission and increase signal strength - highlighted in Penn State | Today

Upcoming Events 2021

Graduate Internships: What are they & Who are they for?

Kayla Gentile, 
Graduate intern @ Merck

Dr. Oluwapelumi (Pelumi) Kareem,
PhD - Leadership Development Program
BASF Corporation

Jiansong Xu,
IP/Tech Transfer Intern, Office for Innovation

Perfectly imperfect crystals

Zac Ward,
Oak Ridge National Labs

No MRSEC Seminar:

See you at Materials Day on Tuesday, 10/12 & Wednesday 10/13!

Register here for MRI's Material Day.


MRSEC fall seminar series will be virtual again. Look in your email for seminar announcements and zoom links. 
MRSEC Seminars are on Monday’s at 12:20 PM ET unless otherwise noted.

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