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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

Kristin Dreyer, Tiffany Mathews, and Franklin Institute partner, Jayatri Das: Misson Materials Website highlighted in Penn State | News

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

Upcoming Events 2020

Virtual Career Panel: Outreach panel of Informal Educators/Museum Curators


Time: 12:10 PM (REU Annonucements 12:00 - 12:10 PM), Zoom link: Contact Tiffany Mathews

Jayatri Das, Ph.D., Chief Bioscientist at The Franklin Institute
Michele Crowl, Ph.D., Executive Director, Discovery Space


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

The mission of this interactive website is to disseminate high-quality educational content about materials science, specifically to promote and increase public awareness of materials science.  Read more »