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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Featured News

Microlaser Chip Adds New Dimensions to Quantum Communication

Researchers at Penn Engineering have created a chip that outstrips the security and robustness of existing quantum communications hardware. Their technology communicates in “qudits,” doubling the quantum information space of any previous on-chip laser. Read More

Algorithm for 2D-to-3D Engineering Integrates Art, Nature and Science

Penn researchers have developed a universal algorithm that allows 2D materials to retain mechanical strength after conversion into 3D structures. Read More

2022 President's Sustainability Prize Winners

Shoshana Weintraub, Sarah Beth Gleeson & Julia Yan, Seniors in Materials Science and Engineering, have received the President’s Sustainability Prize for their Senior Design Project, EcoSPIN. This Prize empowers students to undertake post-grad projects that make a positive difference in the world. Read More

MSE 2022 Student Award Winners

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering proudly celebrates its 2022 Student Award Winners. Read More

Ritesh Agarwal Receives 2021-22 Heilmeier Award

Ritesh Agarwal, Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2021-22 George H. Heilmeier Faculty Award for Excellence in Research for his “groundbreaking contributions to materials for applications in integrated photonics and electronics.” Read More

Uncovering unexpected properties in a complex quantum material

A new study describes previously unexpected properties in a complex quantum material, findings that have implications for future quantum devices. The research was conducted by graduate student Harshvardhan Jog and professor Ritesh Agarwal of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, professor Eugene Mele from the School of Arts & Sciences, and Luminita Harnagea from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. Read More

MSE News

‘Topping Off’ the Future of Energy Science at Penn

02.03.2023 | Read More

Insup Lee, Warren D. Seider and Karen I. Winey Elected 2022 AAAS Fellows

01.31.2023 | Read More

Kirigami Structures Pull Water from the Air

01.30.2023 | Read More

MSE Events

MSE David P. Pope Lecture: “Intelligentsia of Nano-Architected Hierarchical Materials”

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Joseph Bordogna Forum: Dr. Gary May, Chancellor of UC-Davis

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PSOC Seminar: “Leveraging dynamic biomaterials platforms to elucidate mechanisms of mechanical memory in disease and aging” (Christopher Madl, Penn)

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Open Faculty Positions

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is engaged in an aggressive, multi-year hiring effort for multiple tenure-track assistant professors whose interests are aligned with the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s strategic plan.

Kyle Vining Joins MSE

Prof. Kyle Vining joined Penn Starting July 1st as an Assistant Professor of Preventive and Restorative Sciences at Penn Dental Medicine and Materials Science and Engineering at Penn Engineering.

Penn Engineering COVID-19 Information

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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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