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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Learning through Failure: How a Hands-on Materials Science Course Adapted to Remote Instruction

The course, taught by David Pope, Professor in MSE + Mark Licurse, Director of Education/Outreach at LRSM, was a hit: “I think Dr. Pope and Licurse were successful in teaching practical problem solving through real-world case studies.” Read More

Kathleen Stebe Elected to National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 106 new members and 23 international members in this year’s class. Among them is Kathleen Stebe, Richer & Elizabeth Goodwin Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and member of the MSE Graduate Group. Read More

MSE Professor Vanessa Chan Appointed as Department of Energy's Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of Office of Technology Transitions

Vanessa Z. Chan, Jonathan and Linda Brassington Practice Professor, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has been appointed Chief Commercialization Officer and Director of Office of Technology Transitions under the Biden-Harris Administration’s Department of Energy.
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Two Penn Research Teams Win NSF Awards to Pursue ‘the Future of Manufacturing’

Two teams of Penn researchers, including the research groups of Shu Yang and Liang Feng, have been tapped to drive “the future of manufacturing” with innovative, interdisciplinary projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grants come from the agency’s $40 million program to develop new technologies, processes and skills in the fields of “biomanufacturing, cyber-manufacturing and eco-manufacturing.” Read More

Ritesh Agarwal Elected Fellow of the Optical Society

Ritesh Agarwal, Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the Optical Society (OSA).

Penn Engineers Create Helical Topological Exciton-Polaritons, a New Type of Quasiparticles with Applications in Quantum Computing

Our understanding of quantum physics has involved the creation of a wide range of “quasiparticles.” These notional constructs describe emergent phenomena that appear to have the properties of multiple other particles mixed together. In a study published in Science, research led by Ritesh Agarwal, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,  has demonstrated this phenomenon at temperatures much warmer than the near-absolute-zero usually required to maintain this sort of quantum phenomenon. The ability to route these quasiparticles based on their spin in more user-friendly conditions, and an environment where they do not back-scatter, opens up the possibility of using them to transmit information or perform computations at unprecedented speeds.

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Penn Engineering’s 2021 Teaching Awards

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Watch Representative Chrissy Houlahan’s Technology, Business and Government Distinguished Lecture

03.26.2021 | Read More

Research at Penn’ showcases University Breakthroughs and Innovations

03.19.2021 | Read More

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MSE Seminar: “Atomic-scale Insights into Electrocatalyst Structure and Function”

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Open Faculty Positions

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering intends to interview faculty candidates during the 2020-21 academic year. Online application opens October 1, 2020 and closes November 30, 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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