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Eric Stach Named Scientific Director of the Singh Center for Nanotechnology

Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Vijay Kumar, announced the appointment of Eric Stach as the new Scientific Director of the Singh Center for Nanotechnology.  Stach brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role at the Singh Center.   Read more.

From Labs to Laps: Materials Science and Engineering Department Community Compete in Philadelphia Marathon Events

It is anticipated that more than 8,000 registered runners will compete in this year’s Philadelphia Marathon. Among them are members of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Community. Read more. 


Scientists observe composite superstructure growth from nanocrystals in real time

A collaborative team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan, led by Department of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Christopher B. Murray, has observed for the first time composite superstructure growth from nanocrystals in real time. The discovery could enable engineers to more reliably manufacture next-generation materials by combining different nanocrystals. Read more.

Penn Among Education Partners in Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2) to Advance Clean Energy

Eric Detsi, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, chosen to lead (Penn/Drexel) in Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2) to Advance Clean Energy. Read more.

Delving into Quantum Dots

Christopher B. Murray, Richard Perry University Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering, shares his excitement, thoughts, and knowledge on quantum dots, a nanoparticle that just earned his Ph.D. advisor the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. 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.

MSE News

Ramanan Raghavendran Named Chair of Penn Board of Trustees

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Manipulating Materials, Shapes and Chemistry To Create Climate Change-Fighting Inventions

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Venture Lab: The “Start Here” Button for Student Entrepreneurs

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MSE Events

MSE SEMINAR “Scalable Classical and Quantum Light Sources”

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Research Impact Seminar – Bring Your Research Out of the Lab (Penn Engineering Entrepreneurship)

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MSE Seminar: “Tuning Nanostructured Materials for Combustion Applications”

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Eric Stach elected to serve as Materials Research Society (MRS) Vice President

The Materials Research Society (MRS) is pleased to announce the Vice President/President Elect and new Board Members for 2024, elected by the Society’s global membership of over 13,000. Eric A. Stach, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will serve as MRS Vice President beginning January 1, 2024.

MSE 2023 Fall Seminar Series

We are thrilled to announce the speakers for the 2023 Department of Materials Science and Engineering Fall Seminar Series at University of Pennsylvania. The series serves as a platform to provide the latest breakthroughs, research findings, and emerging trends from leading researchers and educators across the fields of science and technology to our Penn community.

Penn Among Education Partners in Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2) to Advance Clean Energy

The University of Pennsylvania will serve as an education partner in support of workforce development efforts with the Mid-Atlantic Clean Hydrogen Hub (MACH2), a partnership that will receive up to $750 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding through the historic Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs program. The program, announced by the DOE on October 13, 2023, is awarding up to $7 billion in grants.

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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