The Krishna P. Singh Center for Nanotechnology features state-of-the-art equipment for nanoscale characterization, measurement, and fabrication, which are vital to the research and educational programs at Penn and are leveraged by partner institutions and local industry within the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Liang Feng Receives the S. Reid Warren, Jr., Penn Engineering Teaching Award

Liang Feng, Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical and Systems Engineering, has been awarded the S. Reid Warren, Jr., Award, which is presented annually by the undergraduate student body the and Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students. Read More

MSE Senior Zachary Whitlock Receives 2020 Thouron Award

Four Penn seniors, including Zachary Whitlock of MSE, and three recent alumni have won Thouron Awards to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship winner receives tuition for as long as two years, as well as travel and living stipends, to earn a graduate degree there. Read More

Liang Feng named 2020 Sloan Fellow

Liang Feng, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is among the 126 recipients of the 2020 Sloan Research Fellowship. The award recognizes extraordinary scholars in the U.S. and Canada and is one of the most prestigious awards available to early-career researchers. Read More

Self-healing battery

Penn researchers have found a way to prevent the cracking and expansion of magnesium-ion batteries by incorporating gallium. “Our dream is to take advantage of this unique self-healing behavior to design a battery that can be charged and discharged forever,” says Eric Detsi of Materials Science and Engineering. Read More

Russell Composto Receives New Scholarly Chair

Russell Composto, Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the Howell Family Faculty Fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Composto’s research is in the area of polymer science and biomolecular engineering. His interests extend to polymer surfaces and interfaces, adhesion and diffusion, and nanocomposite polymer blend and copolymer films. Read More

Future Fuel Cells

A new study from Ph.D. student Jennifer Lee and Christopher Murray, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, describes a new approach to designing fuel cells, which convert chemical energy into electrical power, using engineered nanomaterials. By finding a way to create fuel cells that are more cost-effective and stable long-term, this cleaner form of energy could become more widely adopted in the future. Read More

Engineering Energy Policy

Materials Science and Engineering faculty are featured in this recent publication and video from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

Penn Engineers’ New Topological Insulator Can Reroute Photonic ‘Traffic’ On the Fly, Making for Faster Chips

From the Liang Feng Research Group — Topological insulators are a game-changing class of materials; charged particles can flow freely on their edges and route themselves around defects, but can’t pass through their interiors. This perfect surface conduction holds promise for fast and efficient electronic circuits, though engineers must contend with the fact that the interiors of such materials are effectively wasted space.
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MSE News

Penn Engineering Part of Campus-wide PPE Donation Effort

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Penn Engineering 2020 Teaching Awards

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A Message from Dean Vijay Kumar

03.27.2020 | Read More

MSE Events

CANCELLED: MEAM Seminar: “Modeling the Behavior of Shape Memory Alloy Structures”

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Open Faculty Positions

The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania initiated a period of substantial growth in 2015 including four new hires in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The department is continuing this exciting multi-year hiring effort by seeking multiple tenure-track assistant professors. Exceptional applicants for tenured associate and full professor positions may also be considered. Now accepting applications.

Open Lecturer Position

The University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering invites applicants for a Lecturer position within our undergraduate program. The department seeks individuals with exceptional promise for, or a proven record of, excellence in teaching. Application will become available February 2020.

What is Materials Science?

Understanding the behavior of materials has given rise to countless innovations and breakthroughs ranging from stone tools, which led to the discovery of fire in the prehistoric period, to silicon chips and silicon solar cells in our modern era. In a broad sense, materials science involves studying the synthesis, processing, structure, properties and performance of materials.

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