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A fast, non-destructive test for two-dimensional materials

Thinning a material down to a single-atom thickness can dramatically change that material's physical properties. For example, graphene, the best-known 2D material, has unparalleled strength and electrical conductivity, unlike its bulk form, graphite. Researchers have begun to study hundreds of other 2D materials for the purposes of electronics, sensing, early cancer diagnosis, water desalination and a host of other applications. Now, a team of Penn State researchers in the Department of Physics and the Center for Two-Dimensional and Layered Materials (2DLM) has developed a fast, nondestructive optical method for analyzing defects in 2D materials.
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Outstanding faculty and students honored at annual College of EMS awards banquet

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) hosted its annual Wilson Awards Banquet on April 23, when Dean William Easterling presented awards recognizing the college’s outstanding students and faculty. The awards banquet is the college’s annual celebration of faculty and student accomplishments and is named in honor of Matthew and Anne Wilson, major benefactors of the college.
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Penn State opens mapping course on FutureLearn MOOC platform

Penn State’s massive open online course “Maps and the Geospatial Revolution” will open May 8 on FutureLearn, the United Kingdom’s leading MOOC platform.
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