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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. 

News

2D layered devices can self-assemble with precision
2D layered devices can self-assemble with precision
07/05/2017

Squid-inspired proteins can act as programmable assemblers of 2D materials, like graphene oxide, to form hybrid materials with minute spacing between layers suitable for high-efficiency devices including flexible electronics, energy storage systems and mechanical actuators, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers.


Ceramide nanoliposome, an investigational compound developed by Penn State researchers that targets and destroys cancer while leaving healthy cells unharmed, has been approved for phase one clinical human trials by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Researchers used nanotechnology to stabilize ceramide, a delicate compound that's a known anticancer therapeutic agent.
Investigational cancer compound receives FDA approval to begin human trials
06/29/2017

An investigational compound developed by Penn State researchers that targets and destroys cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed has been approved for phase one clinical human trials by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Edible Book Festival
Creative, scientific process helps EMS graduate student bake edible book winner
06/23/2017

Preeya Kuray, a third-year doctoral student majoring in materials science and engineering, was thrilled to win the People's Choice Award at the inaugural Edible Book Festival, so also winning "Best Depiction of a Classic" was, so to speak, the icing on the cake.


Penn State senior Hannah Pohlmann has been awarded the Astronaut Scholarship.
Passion for creation sparks student success in research
06/21/2017

Hannah Pohlmann, a rising senior studying mathematics and materials science and engineering at Penn State, has a key piece of advice for undergraduates interested in conducting research: start early.


Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Carlo Pantano shapes glass at his glass blowing studio in the Hosler Building. Pantano, who has dedicated almost 40 years to studying the surface of glass, retires June 30.
For decades at Penn State, Pantano scratched the surface of glass research
06/20/2017

At about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, Carlo Pantano gets hands-on with his teaching and research. That's when the Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering pulls melted glass from the crucible at his glass blowing studio in the ground floor of the Hosler Building and begins to shape a material that's he's dedicated almost 40 years to understanding. It's a storied career at Penn State that ends June 30.