The Best of 2016 in Materials at Penn State
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A Neurosurgeon and an Electrical Engineer Walk into a Lab

Hemispherical coils for localized neural stimulation are about half the size of a grain of salt.
Credit: Eugene Freeman/Penn State.

A transdisciplinary team proposes to develop a technology capable of measuring the activity of individual cells of the brain and to stimulate those cells at room temperature with a MEMS device capable of being implanted above the inner table of the skull for long-term human use.

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Cold sintering of ceramics instead of high-temperature firing
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“We wanted to understand the science, and the Materials Research Institute helped us do that.”
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PAWMC: Programmable and
Wearable Molecular Composites

A workshop to lay the intitial groundwork for incorporating organic and 2D layered materials composites into wearable designs for communicatiions, sensing, self-repair and individual mobility.

From Atoms to Applications

This workshop will bring together a wide spectrum of research scientists within the government R&D community, industry, and academia as a means to build synergy in layered materials and nano-device research.


In the field of surface analysis, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) is the class-leader in terms of analytical sensitivity and surface selectivity. This unique instrument utilizes a high-energy ion probe to desorb and ionize material from the first few monolayers of a sample's surface.  Learn more about this instrument.
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