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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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

Summer Plans

In an op-ed for USA Today, Professor Vanessa Chan writes about how students can still have a productive summer by taking online classes, picking up new hobbies, and working to creatively solve social problems. Read More

Penn Engineers Develop First Tunable, Chip-based ‘Vortex Microlaser’ and Detector, Encode Information in Twisting Beams of Light

Two studies led by Liang Feng and Ritesh Agarwal from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science have shown a system that can manipulate and detect a property known as the orbital angular momentum, or OAM, of light. Critically, they are the first to do so on small semiconductor chips and with enough precision that it can be used as a medium for transmitting information. Read More

Penn Engineering Master's Student Awards

MSE Master’s Students took home a big share of 2020 Penn Engineering Master’s Student Awards, awarded annually for exceptional performance in academics and research. Congratulations to our award winners!
Academic Excellence Awardees: Joel Chacko and Yijun Tong
Academic Research Awardees: Alex Grun, Kang He, Tianfan Jin, Haihuan Wang and Yuwei Zhang

Shu Yang is developing DIY origami face masks for COVID-19

Shu Yang, Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, is leading the effort to design a face mask that can be made at home using origami and easily sourced materials. “Anything you’re putting over your mouth and nose when you go outside is better than having no protection at all,” she says. Read More

Eric Stach Named Director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

Eric Stach, Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and Faculty Chair of the Nanoscale Characterization Facility at the Singh Center for Nanotechnology, has been named director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter (LRSM), effective July 1, 2020. The LRSM was established in 1960 as one of the nation’s first interdisciplinary materials research centers and, for 60 years, has been the center for materials research at Penn. Read More

Liang Feng Receives the S. Reid Warren, Jr., Penn Engineering Teaching Award

Liang Feng, Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering and Electrical and Systems Engineering, has been awarded the S. Reid Warren, Jr., Award, which is presented annually by the undergraduate student body the and Engineering Alumni Society in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students. Read More

MSE Senior Zachary Whitlock Receives 2020 Thouron Award

Four Penn seniors, including Zachary Whitlock of MSE, and three recent alumni have won Thouron Awards to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship winner receives tuition for as long as two years, as well as travel and living stipends, to earn a graduate degree there. Read More

MSE News

Penn, Purdue, UC Merced and UF Partner on New $26M NSF Engineering Research Center for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture

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Pennovation Accelerator Moves Online

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

07.15.2020 | Read More

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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. Please check back later this summer for more details.

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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