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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

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

Vin Crespi named 2020 AAAS Fellow for distinguished contributions to the theoretical understanding of nanoscale materials, including carbon nanontubes and artifical spin ice. Congrats Vin!

Read the article in Penn State | News

Chris Giebink and his Applied Optoelectronics & Photonics Lab were awarded first place and $75,000 in the Conferernce's Tech Tournament. Congrats to Chris and his team!

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Upcoming Events 2020

Spring MRSEC Seminar's: Covid-19 Update

MRSEC seminar's for Spring 2020 are postpone until a future date. 

Making the Best of a Bad Situation: A Characterization Seminar Series

Practical aspects in XRD/XRR analysis of Materials
Time: 11:00 AM Eastern
Mauro Sardela (
Director, Central Research Facilities, Materials Research Laboratory,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Making the Best of a Bad Situation: A Characterization Seminar Series

Introduction to Confocal Raman Microscopy
Bing Luo  (
University of Minnesota

11:00 AM Eastern
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Making the Best of a Bad Situation: A Characterization Seminar Series

Rutherford Backscattering
Greg Haugstad (
University of Minnesota Director of Characterization Facility

11:00 AM Eastern
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Making the Best of a Bad Situation: A Characterization Seminar Series

Nanoindentation and Mechanical Properties with AFM
Julie Morasch (,
University of Wisconsin

11:00 AM Eastern Time

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Location Change for Spring 2020: 339 Davey Lab
MRSEC Seminars are on Monday’s at 12:20 PM in 339 Davey Lab unless otherwise noted.

Mission: Materials Science

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