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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Christopher Murray Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Christopher Murray, Richard Perry University Professor and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for “invention and development of solvothermal synthesis of monodisperse nanocrystal quantum dots for displays, photovoltaics, and memory.” Read More

Penn Engineering Improves Alternative to Lithium-ion Batteries

A team led by Eric Detsi, professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has made progress toward developing alternative metal-ion batteries, a technology that currently relies heavily on lithium. Lithium-ion batteries are used in smartphones, power tools, electric vehicles and more, but experts are worried that their surging popularity could become problematic, since lithium and cobalt resources are becoming more expensive due to demand. Read More

Vivek Shenoy Elected AIMBE Fellow

Vivek Shenoy, Eduardo D. Glandt President’s Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been elected into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

Penn MSE January Newsletter

Read our January newsletter, including a recap on the annual REACT meeting, organized by Russell Composto, progress toward developing alternative metal-ion batteries by a team led by Eric Detsi, and an honor by the American Physical Society for Shu Yang. Read More

Infection-resistant catheter plan wins Y-Prize

A team of four undergraduates from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences has won Penn’s 2019 Y-Prize competition for emerging technologies. Their company, Nosoco Technologies, proposes to create an infection-resistant catheter using a type of printing technology invented by researchers in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, including Shu Yang, professor in Materials Science and Engineering. Read More

Penn Engineering Groups Awarded NSF Grants to Work Toward ‘Quantum Leap’

One group will design robust, integrated quantum memory devices based on defects in diamond, and the other group will develop materials to encode and decode quantum information in single photons. These technologies will be part of the safest and most secure information network ever seen. Read More

MSE News

Penn Engineers: New Machine Learning Approach Predicts Which 2D Materials Can Be Synthesized

04.11.2019 | Read More

Record Gift from Roy and Diana Vagelos to Create New Energy Science and Technology Building

04.05.2019 | Read More

Penn Engineers Look at How the Stretching and Alignment of Collagen Fibers Help Cancer Cells Spread

04.03.2019 | Read More

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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.

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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