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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.

Christopher B. Murray Named 2020 Citation Laureate, a Mark of ‘Nobel Class’ Research

Christopher B. Murray, Richard Perry University Professor in Chemistry and in Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected as a Citation Laureate for 2020. The honor is awarded by Clarivate, the analytics company that operates the citation index Web of Science. This distinction goes to researchers whose work has been deemed “Nobel Class” by being among the most highly cited, and thus influential, in their fields. Read More

James Pikul Awarded 2020 Moore Inventor Fellowship to Develop ‘Synthetic Metabolism’

James Pikul, Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, has been awarded a 2020 Moore Inventor Fellowship. Created by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, this fellowship supports scientist-inventors who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care. Pikul is the first Penn researcher to win this prestigious award. Read More

New Funding Supports Milestone Initiative to Advance Solar Energy Research

Researchers in the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology have been awarded a Department of Energy grant focused on the production of fuels from sunlight. As a partner institution with the Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels, the $40 million award will accelerate fundamental research on solar technology to meet the increasing needs for clean and renewable energy sources. Read More

Karen Winey Earns Pair of Scholarly Awards For Her Work on Polymer Science

Karen I. Winey, TowerBrook Foundation Faculty Fellow, Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been recognized by two of the nation’s top chemical societies for her work on polymer science. Read More

Shu Yang Wins Manufacturing PA Innovation Grant for Developing Snail-inspired Adhesive

Shu Yang, Professor in the departments of Materials Science Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been awarded a Manufacturing PA Innovation grant to develop a new kind of medical adhesive. Inspired by the biology of snails, the gel-based adhesive could be applied to open wounds, then harden into a protective film. Read More

MSE News

‘Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom’

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Ritesh Agarwal Elected Fellow of the Optical Society

10.16.2020 | Read More

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

10.08.2020 | Read More

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MSE Seminar: “From Atom to System: Advanced Characterization for Next Generation Energy Storage Materials”

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MSE Seminar: “Nano-Volumetric Materials Properties of Ferroelectrics and Photovoltaics via Tomographic AFM”

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MSE Seminar: “Interface Engineering in Nanoceramics”

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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 15, 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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