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 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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Featured work by Saptarshi Das:

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