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 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

Shu Yang Appointed Department Chair

Effective July 1, 2021, Penn Engineering has two new department chairs: Shu Yang, Joseph Bordogna Professor and Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Chinedum Osuji, Eduardo D. Glandt Presidential Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Read More

Karen Winey: Leadership in Action

On June 30, 2021, Karen Winey, TowerBrook Foundation Faculty Fellow, will step down as Department Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, ending a term marked by an even more powerful assembly: bringing together new faculty, staff, resources and traditions that will have a lasting effect on the department. Read More

Penn Engineers’ Supersymmetry-inspired Microlaser Arrays Pave Way for Powering Chip-sized Optical Systems

A team of researchers led by Liang Feng, Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, and Ritesh Agarwal, Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, have drawn from concepts at the edge of theoretical physics to design and build two-dimensional arrays of closely packed microlasers that have the stability of a single microlaser but can collectively achieve power density orders of magnitude higher. Read More

Eric Detsi Receives Penn Engineering S. Reid Warren Jr. Award

Eric Detsi, Stephenson Term Assistant Professor in Materials Science, 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 News

Penn Researchers Join National Science and Technology Center on Optoelectronic Devices

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

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Atomically-thin, Twisted Graphene has Unique Properties

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MSE Events

MSE David P. Pope Distinguished Lecture: “Skin-Inspired Organic Electronics”

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MEAM Seminar: “Kirigami: Programming Cutting and Folding from Microscale to Meter Scale”

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MSE Seminar: “Microstructural Design Principles for Achieving Stable Electrochemical Interfaces for Metal Anodes”

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Announcement

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 30, 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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