2011 Research Highlights

2011 Research Highlights

IRG 2 - Molecular and Nanoscale Motors

MRSEC researchers working in an international collaboration with French scientists at ESPCI (Paris Tech) have discovered that rocket-shaped metallic micro-rods can be propelled through fluids using

IRG 3 - Electrons in Confined Geometries

Interfacing topological insulators with superconductivity provides a possible route towards an analog of Majorana fermions in condensed matter.

Education and Outreach

The Penn State MRSEC (NSF DMR-0820404) completed its fourth science museum kit as part of its longstanding partnership with The Franklin Institute.

IRG 1 - Strain-Enabled Multiferroics

MRSEC researchers have discovered a missing spatial operation in nature called rotationreversal symmetry that reverses the sense of all static rotations in a crystal.

IRG 2 - Molecular and Nanoscale Motors

Silver-CdS-Gold trimers fabricated by quenched electrostatic assembly (shown at left) act as catalytic motors that can be switched on by light.

IRG 2 - Molecular and Nanoscale Motors

Polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLCs) are used in numerous applications including smart windows, displays, micro-lenses, lasers, and data storage due to their excellent electro-optical properti

IRG 2 - Molecular and Nanoscale Motors

Insoluble polymer films depolymerize to release soluble monomeric products when exposed to a specific analyte.

IRG 3 - Electrons in Confined Geometries

Graphene, a sheet of carbon atoms arranged
in a honeycomb lattice, possesses many
excellent properties that are potentially useful
in electronic, optical and mechanical

IRG 4 - Electromagnetic Nanostructures

The novel properties of meta-materials enable new technologies such as electromagnetic cloaks, flat near- and far-field focusing lenses, and transformation optics devices.

IRG 4 - Electromagnetic Nanostructures

MRSEC researchers have developed the materials necessary to embed GHz speed electronic photodetectors into micron diameter channels in optical fibers.