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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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

Penn Engineering Opens the Door for a New Class of Polymers That Can Improve Nanopatterning

A team of Penn Engineers led by Karen Winey, Harold Pender Professor in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Jinseok Park, a graduate student in her lab, has demonstrated how “multiblock” copolymers can produce exceptionally ordered patterns in thin films, achieving spacings smaller than three nanometers. 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

A New Makerspace for Materials Passion Projects

With the pandemic disrupting in-person learning and lab time in 2020, Joshua Chen, junior in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), got together with a group of classmates and dreamed up a student-run space where they could apply their newfound knowledge to creative projects. Working with MSE Lab Manager Steve Szewczyk after returning to campus, the group turned their proposed MatSci Makerspace into a reality. Read More

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Vaclav Vitek Elected to the Royal Society

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Penn Engineering Commencement 2022

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Class of 2022 President’s Engagement, Innovation, and Sustainability Prizes

04.22.2022 | Read More

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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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