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Center for Nanoscale Science

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MRSEC: Center for Nanoscale Science  (Pennsylvania State Univ University Park)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science is a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). MRSECs support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality while addressing fundamental problems in science and engineering that are important to society.

The Center supports collaborative, interdisciplinary research efforts in the area of nanoscale materials. The research themes of the Center are focused broadly on molecular nanofabrication, complex inorganic materials, biological and nanoscale motors, low-dimensional electronic nanostructures, and integrated optical metamaterials. These research themes are integrated with major efforts in educational and industrial outreach. The activities of the Center involve over fifty students and postdoctoral fellows, an approximately equal number of faculty from eight academic departments at the Penn State University Park Campus and Hershey Medical Center, and a number of external academic and industrial partners.

Education & Outreach

The Education and Outreach programs at the Center for Nanoscale Science provide opportunities for students, teachers and anyone with an interest in science to learn about how nanoscience touches lives and how cutting edge research could change the world. These opportunities provide a venue for graduate students, postdocs and faculty to develop experience in communicating the excitement and wonder of science and technology with both general and specialized audiences.

The Center's specific activities include museum shows at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, support for summer girls camps, a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program funded by NSF that enables students to earn a stipend while conducting research alongside Center faculty over the summer, summer research fellowships for teachers, and more.

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