The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM) is the intellectual focal point of materials research at the University of Pennsylvania

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Lithography-Free Photonic Chip Offers Speed and Accuracy for Artificial Intelligence

Photonic chips have revolutionized data-heavy technologies. On their own or in concert with traditional electronic circuits, these laser-powered devices send and process information at the speed of light, making them a promising solution for artificial intelligence’s data-hungry applications. Read more.

Shu Yang Receives 2023 Langmuir Lectureship Award

Shu Yang, Joseph Bordogna Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is the 2023 recipient of the Langmuir Lectureship Award. Read more.

Winners of President’s Sustainability Prize are Making a Difference for People and the Planet

The President’s Sustainability Prize (PSP) was awarded for the first time in 2022 to three groups with diverse takes on building a cleaner, healthier, more livable planet. Read More

Engineered Magic: Wooden Seed Carriers Mimic the Behavior of Self-Burying Seed

Inspired by Erodium’s magic, Shu Yang, Joseph Bordogna Professor and Chair of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Penn Engineering, and  Lining Yao, Cooper-Siegel Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and a team of collaborators worked to engineer a biodegradable seed carrier referred to as “E-seed.” Read More.

Kirigami Structures Pull Water from the Air

Shu Yang, Joseph Bordogna Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Paulo Arratia, Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, have created these innovative water collecting devices through simple structures made of cuts and folds. Read More.

Insup Lee, Warren D. Seider and Karen I. Winey Elected 2022 AAAS Fellows

Insup Lee, Warren D. Seider and Karen I. Winey are among the eight Penn scholars that have been named to the 2022 class of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows. The Penn contingent joins over 500 other scientists, engineers and innovators being recognized by the organization this year for their “scientifically and socially distinguished achievements.” Read More

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On a Different Wavelength, Nader Engheta Leads a Community in Light

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Lithography-Free Photonic Chip Offers Speed and Accuracy for Artificial Intelligence

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Five from Penn Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2023

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MSE Events

MSE PhD Defense: Effects of Size and Composition on the Performance of Dealloyed Nanoporous Metal Catalysts for CO2 Reduction, O2 Evolution, and H2 Generation

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Department of Bioengineering Juneteenth Address: “A White Neighbor, a Black Surgeon, and a Mormon Computer Scientist Walk into a Bar…” (Kevin B. Johnson)

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CiPD, Penn Health-Tech Award 2023 IDEA Prize

The Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD) and Penn Health-Tech have awarded their second annual IDEA (Innovation in Dental Medicine and Engineering to Advance Oral Health) Prize, to Dr. Kyle Vining, Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, who also has a joint appointment in Preventive & Restorative Sciences at Penn Dental Medicine, and Dr. Michael Mitchell, Associate Professor of Bioengineering at Penn Engineering.

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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