News for the Materials Community

January 2018 Issue

A Water-saving Solution Wins MRS Competition

The Materials Research Society (MRS) iMatSci Innovators competition awards first place to this team of researchers. Their technology, called “LESS,” reduces the amount of flush volume required to remove solids and residue from toilet bowls by 90 percent and could improve hygiene and save significant water resources in water-scarce environments.

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3-D printing improves cell adhesion and strength of PDMS polymer

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New desalination method offers low-energy alternative to purify salty water

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The Millennium Café

Join us every Tuesday at 10 am EST in the MSC 3rd Floor Commons for the Millennium Café for an exciting opportunity to spend time "outside the box" developing new ideas and leveraging the collective expertise.
See current and past talks here...

Graphene and Beyond
From Atoms to Applications


May 9 - 11, 2018

Explore a strong future in 2D crystal science and technology.
Details and registration for this upcoming event...
The 2DCC-MIP is funded by the National Science Foundation Cooperative Agreement DMR-1539916

Save the Date:
Microscopy School

August 13 - 24, 2018

This two-week course will emphasize TEM methods that can be applied to both life and materials sciences.
See details and apply here...


Terrones New Editor-in-Chief
of Carbon Journal

Mauricio Terrones, Distinguished Professor of Physics, Chemistry, and Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State, has been named editor-in-chief of Carbon, effective January 1, 2018. Terrones is director of the Center for 2-Dimensional and Layered Materials (2DLM) and the Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC), both at Penn State.

Founded in conjunction with the American Carbon Society, Carbon is an international journal focused on carbon in all its forms. Carbon receives around 5000 submissions per year and has an impact factor of 6.337.
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Ceramic Scientist Publishes Textbook on Crystal Chemistry

A new textbook aimed at upper level students studying materials science and engineering is based on the lectures of the late Robert Newnham, a legendary Penn State professor and inventor who was responsible for the transducers used in cardiac ultrasound and many other advances in ceramic science and engineering.
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