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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State is an international leader in materials education and research. As a top-ranked program, the department thrives on a rich collaboration between faculty, staff, students, and researchers to promote a well-rounded academic experience and innovative research opportunities. Our department offers ABET accredited degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  View the information below to learn more.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Penn State is the largest Materials Research Institution in the United States. Its faculty and research centers are world renowned for contributing breakthrough research in their respective fields. Anchored by the renovation of its state-of-the-art Steidle Building, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering includes laboratories devoted to computational research, material processing, and characterization, in addition to outstanding spaces for meetings, group work and information interactions. 


Schematic of plasma assisted carbon-hydrogen species doping in the WS2 lattice.
Adding a carbon atom transforms 2D semiconducting material

A technique that introduces carbon-hydrogen molecules into a single atomic layer of the semiconducting material tungsten disulfide dramatically changes the electronic properties of the material, according to Penn State researchers who say they can create new types of components for energy-efficient photoelectric devices and electronic circuits with this material.

Penn State New Kensington is working to revive the community through research, education and entrepreneurship.
Economic revitalization: A collaborative effort underway in New Kensington

In the community of New Kensington, situated about 17 miles northeast of downtown Pittsburgh, signs of economic downturn are evident. 

Susan Sinnott
Big Ten Academic Alliance Department Executive Officer Fellows named for 2019-20

Susan Sinnott, head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and professor of materials science and engineering and chemistry, was selected as a fellow of the Big Ten Academic Alliance's Department Executive Officers Program. 

A boron nitride surface with tungsten atoms anchors triangular domains illustrating defect control of the orientation
Substrate defects key to growth of 2D materials

Creating two-dimensional materials large enough to use in electronics is a challenge despite huge effort but now, Penn State researchers have discovered a method for improving the quality of one class of 2D materials, with potential to achieve wafer-scale growth in the future.

Old Main at dusk on Penn State's University Park campus.
Institutes of Energy and the Environment announces seed grant recipients

The 2018-19 Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) seed grant recipients have been awarded to 18 groups of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State.