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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.

News at MRSEC

Congratulations to graduate students Ambika Somasundar (IRG 2, Sen/Velegol Groups) and Kayla Gentile (IRG 2, Sen Group) on making it to the top five winners circle at the PPG Elevator Pitch Competition hosted by the Materials Research Institute.

Congratulations to postdoctoral scholar Nathan D. Burrows (IRG4, Keating), who received an Outreach Leadership Award from the Center for Nanoscale Science in recognition of his valuable contributions to the Centre for Nanoscale Science Website Redsign Effort. Nathan currently plans to apply the $1,000 accompanying this award for professional travel to attend an upcoming national meeting of the Materials Research Society.

Congratulations to graduate student Chris Cheng (IRG2, McKinstry/Mallouk) for placing third in the poster competition at the International Workshop on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices.

Susan Trolier-McKinstry has published a textbook, Materials Engineering, focused on bonding, structure, and structure-property relationships. This succinct and easy-to-read textbook explains how bond strength and the arrangement of atoms in space combine to control the mechanical, optical, magnetic and electrical properties across a wide range of materials.

Enzyme micropumps (IRG2) power the release of insulin in response to changes in glucose levels. See the article on Physics.org.

Susan Trolier-McKinstry (IRG1, 2), who has been named a MRS Fellow! Susan has also been elected as the 2016 Vice-President and 2017 President of MRS!!

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.

Upcoming Events 2018

Jul
02
Arts Fest Preview with UBP & REU

When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: 3rd-floor cafe of the Millenium Science Complex
The Education & Outreach Team is previewing the outreach booth activities for the Upward Bound Program (UBP) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) participants.
Please contact Education & Outreach Team Leader, Nicole Famularo, for more information and to volunteer.

Jul
09
Training for Arts Fest Kids Day

When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: 3rd-floor cafe of the Millenium Science Complex
The Education & Outreach Team has organized a training session for all volunteers helping with the Center for Nanoscale Science Outreach Booths at Arts Fest Kids and Youth Day.
Please contact Education & Outreach Team Leader, Nicole Famularo, for more details.

Jul
10
Training for Arts Fest Kids Day

When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: 3rd-floor cafe of the Millenium Science Complex
The Education & Outreach Team has organized a training session for all volunteers helping with the Center for Nanoscale Science Outreach Booths at Arts Fest Kids and Youth Day.
Please contact Education & Outreach Team Leader, Nicole Famularo, for more details.

Jul
11
Arts Fest Kids Day

Where: Old Main Lawn
When: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Education & Outreach Team is going to be hosting outreach booths at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts on Kids and Youth Day.
Additonal MRSEC volunteers are needed for the Set-up Crew.
Please contact Education & Outreach Team Leader, Nicole Famularo, for more details and to participate. 

Jul
21
Summer Academy STEM Extension: Scientist Mixer

Location: TBA
~5:00 - 6:30pm
All Center for Nanoscale Science members are welcome to attend this mixer.

Jul
21
Summer Academy STEM Extension: Research Expo Station

Where: TBA
When: 6:00 - 9:00pm
4 Volunteers are still needed as Research Expo Station Hosts.
Contact Kristen Dreyer to learn more.

Jul
24
Science Leadership Camp: Scientist Mixer

Where: TBA
When: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
All Center for Nanoscale Science members are welcome to come to the Scientist Mixer for the Science Leadership Camp.

Jul
25
Science Leadership Camp: Research Snap Shots

Where: TBA
When: 8:30am - 12:00 pm
4 more lab groups are needed to volunteer for this.
Contact Kristen Dreyer for more details.