Seed Program

Chemically-triggered conversion of AuCu alloy nanoparticles to Au-Cu2S hybrid nanoparticles via nanoscale phase segregation (Photo Credit: Penn State)

The MRSEC Seed program is administered and funded in partnership with the Materials Research Institute. MRSEC/MRI Seed Grants support new high-risk/high-reward lines of research with the prospect to develop into significant new research programs at Penn State. Seed grant proposals can address any innovative interdisciplinary topic that cuts across the fields of materials, biology, science and/or engineering at the nanoscale. These grants are intended to break new ground, ideally through interdisciplinary approaches or multidisciplinary collaborations, rather than to augment existing projects. The grants provide $40,000-$100,000 for projects of 1-2 years duration. The students or post-docs supported with these funds will be expected to participate in MRSEC outreach activities. Below is a listing of current and recent seed projects.

How to apply for a Seed Grant

2015 Seed Projects

  • "Two-dimensional GaN," Joan Redwing (MatSE), Josh Robinson (MatSE)

2014 Seed Projects

  • "Magnetic 2D Layered Semiconductors," Jun Zhu (Phys.), Josh Robinson (MatSE.), Tom Mallouk (Chem.), Vin Crespi (Phys.)

2013 Seed Projects

  • "Superconductivity and Fluxon Trapping in Long Nanowires," Moses Chan (Phys.), John Badding (Chem.), Chao-xing Liu (Phys.), Jainendra Jain (Phys.), Ho-Kwang Mao (Carnegie)

2012 Seed Projects

  • "Defect Engineering of 2-D Sheets of Layered Materials," Mauricio Terrones (Phys.), Eric Hudson (Phys.), Tom Mallouk (Chem.), Jun Zhu (Phys.), Zhiwen Liu (Elec. Eng.)

2011 Seed Projects

  • "Nanostructured Phase Change Building Blocks for Optical Metamaterials," Raymond Schaak (Chem.) and Kyle Bishop (Chem. Eng.)
  • "New Roto Symmetries and Properties in Complex Oxides," Susan Trolier-McKinstry (MatSE) and Venkatraman Gopalan (MatSE)

2010 Seed Projects

  • "Spin Polarization Control in Graphene," Jun Zhu (Phys.) and Nitin Samarth (Phys.)
  • "Charge Transfer Complex Organic Photovoltaics," J. Asbury (Chem.), V. Crespi (Phys.), E. Gomez (Chem. Eng.), and M. Hickner (MatSE)