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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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

Penn Engineers Receive Grants through Manufacturing PA Initiative

Governor Tom Wolf recently announced grants to fund 26 projects as part of the Manufacturing PA Innovation Program, 3 of which were awarded to projects at the University of Pennsylvania. The 3 projects spearheaded by Penn are led by Kevin Turner, Shu Yang, and Mark Yim and were each granted approximately $70,000. The Penn professors will be collaborating with Pennsylvania-based companies to bring their groundbreaking visions to life. Read More

Quantum Control

A new study by the Ritesh Agarwal group demonstrates unique electrical properties in a class of quantum materials that can be controlled using light.

Mahadevan Khantha Speaks at Penn Forerunner

Penn Forerunner, a University program that anticipates the needs of international students, allows participants to better understand academic expectations at Penn and the structure of the University and familiarizes students with social and cultural norms and life in the U.S. In June, MSE Master’s Program Advisor Mahadevan Khantha, participated in an engineering-specific information session in Beijing.

2018-2019 Academic Year in Review

What a year it has been for Penn’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering! As we close the book on another academic year, our annual letter from Karen Winey, department chair, captures our most noteworthy personal and collective achievements. Read More

MSE News

From the Classroom to the Lab and Back Again

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Penn Engineers Solve the Paradox of Why Tissue Gets Stiffer When Compressed

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Three Singh Center Projects are Finalists in Nano-image Contest

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MSE Events

MSE Seminar: “Scalable Multifunctional Nanoarchitectures for Energy Storage”

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MSE Seminar: “Managing Intercultural Interactions in a Challenging Global Higher Education Landscape”

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MEAM Seminar: “Micro/Nanomanufacturing of 3D Functional Coatings via Self-Limiting Electrospray Deposition”

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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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