News for the Materials Community


June 2018

Camouflaged nanoparticles used to deliver killer protein to cancer

Using a protein toxin from a plant found in the Himalayan mountains, called gelonin, the researchers caged the proteins in self-assembled metal-organic framework (MOF) nanoparticles to protect them from the body’s immune system.
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Sintering atomically thin materials with ceramics now possible

A sintering process developed by a team of researchers at Penn State, called the cold sintering process (CSP), can sinter ceramics at much lower temperatures, less than 300 degrees C, saving energy and enabling a new form of material with high commercial potential.
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Retrofitting roofs in Pennsylvania's 'Rust Belt"

Once vibrant and bustling communities have been left in disarray. Researchers are designing and testing new roofing material to stop leakage and produce energy in New Kensington.
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Capturing light in a waveguide array

Cheaper and more efficient photonic devices, such as lasers, optical fibers and other light sources, may be possible with confined light that is unaffected by imperfections in the material that confines it.
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“It’s an art, not a science,” is a popular English idiom — but Penn State’s booth at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will explore the art of science, the science of art, and where these two fields meet and overlap, through a series of free, thought-provoking demonstrations.

Penn State's "Art of Discovery" booth at the
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, July 12-14, 2018

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