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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

Congratuations to Darrell Schlom (IRG 1) who has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering!


Congratulations to 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!!

Enzyme micropumps (IRG2) power the release of insulin in response to changes in glucose levels.

Congratulations to Robert Karl (IRG3) for being awarded the 2016 NDSEG Graduate Fellowship. Robert works in the Murnane research group at the University Of Colorado funded by a subcontract from the Penn State MRSEC.

Seminars & Events

February 27th, 2017 - Weinan Chen, IRG 3, "Heat transport in Silicon Metalattices"

Location/Time: S-5 Osmond Lab at noon

March 6th, 2017 - Spring Break. No Seminar

March 13th, 2017 - APS March Meeting. No Seminar

March 20th, 2017 - Prof. Raymond Kapral, University of Toronto, "title to be annouced"

Location/Time: S-5 Osmond Lab at noon

March 21st, 2017 - (Tuesday) Special Seminar: MRSEC/Physics CAMP Keji Lai, UT Austin, "title to be announced"

Location/Time: S-5 Osmond Lab at noon

March 27th, 2017 - Phil Donahue, "title to announced"

Location/Time: S-5 Osmond Lab at noon


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.