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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 - 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

Two MRSEC outreach volunteers are smiling in their science booth.

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

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

Jennifer and Cheng-Yu of IRG 4 research on "A multishot lensless camera in development could aid disease diagnosis" highlighted in Penn State | Today

MRSEC - Center for Nanoscale Renewed at $18 million over 6 years article in Penn State | News

Bo Wang won MRS Graduate Student Award Gold Medal - Congratulations Bo! Selection is highly competitive ~ MRS Awards Committee

Kristin Dreyer, Tiffany Mathews, and Franklin Institute partner, Jayatri Das: Misson Materials Website highlighted in Penn State | News

Upcoming Events 2020

MRSEC Seminar: Grad & Postdoc Welcome

Welcome to PSU's MRSEC! A meeting for grad students and post-docs. 

MRSEC Student Invited Speaker: Marko Lončar

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Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics
Harvard Univerisity

MRSEC Seminar: Jason Kawasaki

Heusler interfaces: opportunities beyond spintronics?

Materials Science and Engineering
University of Wisconsin

MRSEC Seminar: Diversity, Inclusion & PREM's


Seminars will be virtual for Fall 2020! Look for the zoom link in your email
MRSEC Seminars are on Monday’s at 12:20 PM unless otherwise noted.

Mission: Materials Science

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