Advanced Materials and Devices Research

Advanced Materials and Devices

Our research in advanced materials and devices focuses on novel nanomaterials for various electronic, optoelectronic, and energy harvesting applications. We are interested in beyond silicon, high-performance, ultra-low-power/self-power devices.

Our faculty and work on nanotubes, nanowires, and two-dimensional nanosheets including graphene, black phosphorus, MoS2, WSe2, and others. We use a wide variety of nano fabrication and nano characterization tools like electron beam lithography, atomic force microscopy, Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy, and cryogenic probe stations.

Our research is interdisciplinary, engaging both students and postdoctoral scientists from several departments including engineering science, material science, and electrical engineering.

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Microwave Materials Processing

Application of microwave energy is an emerging field in which we exploit recent innovations and developments in microwave technology for quality and performance optimization of ceramics, powder metals, hard metals, intermetallics, composites, and other products leading to their commercialization.

Research on microwave materials processing is conducted in the Microwave Processing and Engineering Center (MPEC) located in the Materials Research Institute. MPEC is the leading center in the world for microwave materials processing research.

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MPEC Activities:

  • Conducting state of the art research in the science of the interaction of microwaves with matter
  • Process and developmental studies on candidate materials for producing better performing ceramics, hard metal cermets, P/M parts, transparent ceramics, etc.
  • Conduct research in the microwave synthesis of specialty ceramic powders, their processing and sintering
  • Establish co-operative and collaborative research programs with industries and other research institutes on specific materials/processes using microwaves
  • Provide access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology in microwave processing to industry and others
  • Render assistance in technology transfer and commercialization of microwave processing and products development to sponsors
  • Collaborate with university, government and industrial laboratories in utilizing the radically new discovery of the reaction of matter with separate magnetic and electric fields at microwave frequency
  • Provide training to visiting scientists and research scholars
  • Organizing workshops, seminars and symposia on microwave research in materials processing

Insulators and Semiconductors

Our research focuses on the characterization of insulators and semiconductors for energy and medical applications, with the development of new materials for electrostatic energy storage targeted toward power circuits in hybrid electric vehicles. Additional focus has been on improving the performance of magnetic resonance imaging systems with high permittivity materials. The goal is to deliver medical imaging probes to life-science researchers and eventually translate the technology to clinical applications.

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The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

212 Earth and Engineering Sciences Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4523