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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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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Training the next generation of globally minded researchers

As part of the Research and Education in Active Coatings Technologies program, students and faculty conduct fundamental research on materials that are needed after a natural disaster strikes. Students can also conduct summer research in Grenoble, France. “It’s definitely broadened my horizons and encourages me that being in this Ph.D. program is the right move,” says graduate student Ben Paren of Materials Science and Engineering, pictured with French student Laura Issartel, whom he mentored this summer. Read More

NSF Awards $1.98 Million Grant to Penn-led Team for Quantum Circuit Research

The NSF has begun enabling its 10 Big Ideas by awarding grants to bright minds in fields like engineering, including a $1.98 million grant received by a Penn-led team to work on the NSF’s Quantum Leap initiative. Ritesh Agarwal, professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is heading the research team and is working with Liang Feng, assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Electrical and Systems Engineering, as well as researchers from the City College of New York and Texas A&M University. Read More

MSE News

Drops of liquid crystal molecules branch out into strange structures

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Inspiring Young Women in STEM

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Penn Engineers’ Self-healing Liquid Metal Electrode Extends Life of Li-ion Battery Alternative

11.20.2019 | Read More

MSE Events

MEAM Seminar: “Liquid Crystal Elastomers”

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MSE Faculty Candidate Seminar: “Structure-property relations in hybrid 2D halide perovskites”

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MSE Faculty Candidate Seminar: “Unsupervised Learning of Dislocation Motion”

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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.

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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