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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 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!!

Congratulations to Tom Mallouk (IRG1, 2, 3), who has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences!

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

January 16th, 2017 - No Seminar

Thursday, January 19th, 2017 (Combined with the Physics Colloquium) Speaker: Demitri Christodoulides, CREOL- College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida "Exploring the world between clasical and quantum optics"

Location/Time: 117 Osmond Lab at 4pm

January 23rd, 2017 - No Seminar (Combined with Physics Colloquium, Thursday, January 19th.)

January 30th, 2017 - No Seminar


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.