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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

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.

News at MRSEC

MRSEC Faculty member Mikael Rechtsman (IRG4) has been awarded the International Commision for Optics (ICO) Prize for 2018 for his "pioneering contributions to the field of topological photonics." He will be receiving his prize at the next ICO conference in Carthage, Tunis next year.

Congratulations to Mikael Rechtsman.  Kudos.

MRSEC Faculty member Tom Mallouk (IRG1, IRG2) has been selected by Clavirates Analytics as a "Highly Cited Researcher" for 2018.  Only 15 members of the entire Penn State faculty have been selected for this honor this year.

Congratulations to Tom Mallouk. Kudos.

Our PREM partner at the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is seeking candidates for the following opportunities:
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Characterization of Nanomaterials.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nanoplasmonics.  
More info.

Our PREM partner at the California State University - Los Angeles (CSULA) is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) position within their brand new Masters program in MSE. 
More info.

Upcoming Events 2019

MRSEC Monday Seminar: Spring 2019

"How to Participate in the MRSEC Renewal Competition"
Vin Crespi
Director, Center for Nanoscale Science

S-5 Osmond @ Noon

MRSEC Monday Seminar

"Can naturally-noncentrosymmetric biomolecules be used to construct piezo-/ferro-electric materials?"
Seong Kim
Departments of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Penn State

Monday MRSEC Seminar: PREM NCCU

PREM-MRSEC Partnership

Fei Yan, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina Central University

Marvin Wu, Department of Mathematics & Physics, North Carolina Central University


MRSEC Seminars are on Monday’s at 12:00 noon in S-5 Osmond Lab unless otherwise noted.