Highlights

2019 Research Highlights

Education & Outreach

Penn State’s Center for Nanoscale Science invested multiple efforts to deepen and broaden connections the faculty and students of its PREM Partners, California State University Los Angeles (Cal Sta

IRG1 - Layered Ferroics

Polar metals counterintuitively bring two well-known phenomena into coexistence: bulk polar displacements and an electronic Fermi surface giving rise to metallic conduction.

IRG2 - Nanomotors

A MRSEC team programed multi-behavioral responses in microscopic self-propelled tori using nanoscale 3D printing, showing experimentally and theoretically that the tori continuously transition betw

IRG2 - Nanomotors

MRSEC researchers have developed a theory for molecular chemotaxis, active motion up or down a gradient in chemical concentration, driven by specific non-covalent interactions between molecules.

IRG3 - Metalattices

Adding nanoscale inclusions into silicon can be used to tailor its thermal conductivity.

IRG4 - Phototonic Assemblies

Phase-field modeling shows possible emergence of a transient electronic phase separation in VO2 upon photoexcitation, a coupling of optical excitation and electronic structure.

2018 Research Highlights

Education & Outreach

The annual MRSEC student survey (with 57 respondents) highlighted several areas of interest, including science communication (70%), networking with industry (65%), interviewing for jobs (72%) and m

Education & Outreach

A five-day STEM Extension program in July 2017 provided ten blind or low-vision college-bound students with a full-access experience in college chemistry and physics labs as part of Summer Academy,

IRG1 - Layered Ferroics

The design of new or enhanced functionality in materials is traditionally viewed as requiring the discovery of new chemical compositions through synthesis.

IRG1 - Layered Ferroics

Systems that exhibit phase competition, order parameter coexistence, and emergent order parameter topologies consti

IRG3 - Metalattices

We synthesized nanoporous magnetic metalattices by high pressure confined chemical vapor deposition of nickel into silica sphere nanotemplates.

IRG4 - Phototonic Assemblies

Microscale photoresist posts were used to concentrate the electric field gradient generated by a vertically applied AC electric field.

IRG4 - Phototonic Assemblies

Vanadium dioxide (VO2) nanostructures that exhibit a switchable metal-insulator transition are difficult to synthesize in solution, in part because there are several closely related VOx