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 Develop New Atomically Thin Material that Could Improve the Efficiency of Light-based Tech

So-called “two-dimensional” materials have unique electrical and photonic properties, but their ultra-thin form factors present practical challenges when incorporated into devices. Penn Engineering researchers have now demonstrated a method for making large-area “superlattices” — layered structures containing 2D lattices of sulfur and tungsten — that can achieve light-matter coupling. Read More

Cherie Kagan Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Cherie Kagan, Stephen J. Angello Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, has been named a 2021 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), an award of high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors. Elected Fellows have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Read More

Christopher Madl Joins MSE Faculty

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is excited to announce Christopher Madl will join the Department as an Assistant Professor, starting in the fall semester of 2022. Christopher Madl is currently a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence awardee and a Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Helen Blau at Stanford University, studying how changes in the aging tissue microenvironment impair muscle stem cell function. Read More

NSF Grant Will Support Research into Sustainable Manufacturing of 3D Solid-state Sodium-ion Batteries and Battery Workforce Training

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering’s Eric Detsi will lead research with Eric Stach and Russell Composto, to develop more eco-friendly solid-state batteries that are based on sodium, rather than lithium with their recent NSF grant. Read More

Penn Engineering’s Artificial Chromatophores Enable Surfaces with Squid-like Active Camouflage

Shu Yang, Joseph Bordogna Professor and Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, and members of her lab have developed a new kind of color-changing technology. Inspired by chromatophores, the cells found in the skin of squid and other animals capable of camouflage, each “pixel” is actually an inflatable membrane that shifts through the visual spectrum as its stretched. The researchers believe that potential applications of their creation include new biomimetic photonics devices, 3D displays, and “smart” windows that respond to ambient temperatures by changing colors. Read More

MSE News

A Message from Dean Vijay Kumar: Introducing Penn Engineering’s Three Signature Initiatives

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Data Science: Refining Data into Knowledge, Turning Knowledge into Action

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A ‘Vibrant Nexus’ for Research and Discovery in the Physical Sciences

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MSE Seminar: “Thermodynamic contributions to glass fragility”

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Joseph Bordogna Forum with Dr. Gilda Barabino

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BE Seminar: Sarah Heilshorn

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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, 2021 and closes December 1, 2021.

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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