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Adding a carbon atom transforms 2D semiconducting material


A technique that introduces carbon-hydrogen molecules into a single atomic layer of the semiconducting material tungsten disulfide dramatically changes the electronic properties of the material, according to Penn State researchers who say they can create new types of components for energy-efficient photoelectric devices and electronic circuits with this material.

Substrate defects key to growth of 2D materials


Creating two-dimensional materials large enough to use in electronics is a challenge despite huge effort but now, Penn State researchers have discovered a method for improving the quality of one class of 2D materials, with potential to achieve wafer-scale growth in the future.

Reginald Hamilton receives DARPA Young Faculty Award


Reginald Hamilton, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, has received a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award.

Barker named engineering science student marshal for spring 2019 commencement


William Barker has been selected as the student marshal for the engineering science baccalaureate degree program at the Penn State College of Engineering spring commencement ceremony on May 3.

Varadan, Nanowear, Inc., awarded patent for nanosensor manufacturing


Vijay K. Varadan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and cofounder of Nanowear Inc., was recently awarded a new patent for a roll-to-roll printing process for manufacturing a wireless nanosensor.

Lakhtakia receives prestigious centenary award from IIT (BHU)


Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Evan Pugh University Professor and Charles Godfrey Binder Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Penn State, was one of eight recipients who recently received the Alumnus of the Century in Making Award from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi.

Benjamin Ross receives Alumni Achievement Award


Benjamin M. Ross ('06 E SC, '07 M.S. E SC) was recently named one of 15 recipients of the 2019 Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award.

Training neural networks to identify infectious agents


Steven Schiff, Harvey F. Brush Chair in the College of Engineering in the Departments of Neurosurgery, Engineering Science and Mechanics and Physics, and a team of graduate and undergraduate students are executing a study concerning ultrasounds and central nervous system infections.

Tim Davis receives Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award


Tim Davis ('86 E SC), retired executive vice president and chief technology officer for Kionix, Inc., was recently named one of 12 recipients of the 2019 Penn State Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.

Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution


While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a Penn State materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to solve this problem.

ESM students display outstanding research at 16th annual research symposium


ESM Today 2019, the 16th annual Engineering Science and Mechanics Research Symposium, was held Saturday, February 19, with 27 undergraduate and graduate students presenting their research through oral and poster presentations to peers, colleagues and faculty.

ESM professor Demirel named Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials


Melik C. Demirel, professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, was recently named Lloyd and Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Biomimetic Materials by the University’s Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

Long-time ESM professor Joseph Rose retires


After 27 years of service to Penn State and the ESM department, Joseph Rose, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design and Manufacturing in the College of Engineering, has retired.

Micropores let oxygen and nutrients inside biofabricated tissues


Micropores in fabricated tissues such as bone and cartilage allow nutrient and oxygen diffusion into the core, and this novel approach may eventually allow lab-grown tissue to contain blood vessels, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

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