News for the Materials Community


April 2018

A Simple Method Etches Patterns at the Atomic Scale

A precise chemical-free method for etching nanoscale features on silicon wafers has been developed by a team from Penn State and Southwest Jiaotong University and Tsinghua University in China. Read the full story » »


Microengineered slippery rough surface for water harvesting in air

A slippery rough surface (SRS) inspired by both pitcher plants and rice leaves outperforms state-of-the-art liquid-repellent surfaces in water harvesting applications, according to a team of researchers at Penn State and University of Texas at Dallas.
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MNE team wins grand prize for water-saving, impactful tech

When Birgitt Boschitsch was given one minute to pitch her research team’s project in the 2018 Allegheny Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, she knew she needed to capture the audience’s attention right away.
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Invent Penn State names James Adair 'Inventor of the Year'

James Adair receives the 2018 Invent Penn State "Inventor of the Year" award from Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. Adair’s research and his company aim to improve cancer treatment and diagnosis.
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Transparent metal films for smartphone, tablet and TV displays

A new material that is both highly transparent and electrically conductive could make large screen displays, smart windows and even touch screens and solar cells more affordable and efficient.
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