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Research News

Read the latest news about research conducted by investigators in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Our faculty and students are continually advancing technology, creating solutions and expanding knowledge with new and innovative research.

NSF grant aims to enhance resilience of U.S. electricity grids
02/05/2019

Researchers from Penn State and the University of Washington have been awarded a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study economic mechanisms for grid resilience against extreme events and natural gas disruptions.


Novel hypothesis goes underground to predict future of Greenland ice sheet
01/31/2019

The Greenland ice sheet melted a little more easily in the past than it does today because of geological changes, and most of Greenland's ice can be saved from melting if warming is controlled, says a team of Penn State researchers.


Penn State chosen by Department of Energy to help modernize the power grid
01/24/2019

In an effort to modernize and reimagine the United States' power grid, Penn State researchers have qualified for a highly selective, innovative competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.


Ancient climate change triggered warming that lasted thousands of years
01/21/2019

A rapid rise in temperature on ancient Earth triggered a climate response that may have prolonged the warming for many thousands of years, according to scientists.


Air Force funds polymer materials research for light-speed computing
01/14/2019

 Robert Hickey, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, will use a $450,000 grant from the United States Air Force to research nanostructured polymer materials for applications in integrated optical circuits, which could allow computers to process information at light-speed.  


A microbial hot spring in your basement
01/14/2019

Microbes that thrive in some of the most extreme places on Earth have discovered another cozy place to live -- inside homes across the United States.


Understanding physics could lead to big gains in shale oil recovery
01/14/2019

Oil companies are missing out on vast sums of recoverable oil in unconventional reservoirs, according to Penn State experts.


$1 million Army grant aimed at adaptive fluid materials
01/09/2019

Lauren Zarzar, assistant professor of chemistry at Penn State, has been awarded a five-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Army to conduct research related to reconfigurable fluids.


Penn State to host conference focused on geomodeling, food, energy, water nexus
01/04/2019

The deadline for interested authors to submit abstracts to the 20th Annual Conference of the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG) has been extended. Short abstracts will now be due on Friday, Feb. 1.


Predicting the properties of a new class of glasses
12/20/2018

ZIF glasses, a new family of glass, could combine the transparency of silicate glass with the nonbrittle quality of metallic glass, according to researchers at Penn State and Cambridge University in the U.K.