Nanomaterials

nanomaterials

Nanomaterials are an exciting new field of materials, often orders of magnitude smaller than a human hair.

Nano and micro electromechanical machines are manufactured in the billions annually for sensing, ink jet printing, automotive applications, communications, and medicine. Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) range in size from a particle of dust to about the size of a grain of rice. In medicine, bioMEMS promise to revolutionize biotechnology and biomedical engineering through fabrication of devices under 100 micrometers using novel micro and nano fabrication techniques.

Research into nanomaterials is being conducted on a number of fronts at Penn State. The Center for Solar Nanomaterials conducts research that ranges from very basic studies of electron and proton transfer reactions in artificial photosynthesis to advanced engineering concepts for light concentration in photovoltaic modules. The Materials Research Institute explores nanomaterials, structures, and fabrication for a variety of applications. Meanwhile two recent breakthroughs, NanoJackets and NanoMotors show the vast potential for biomedical applications.

Links and Resources

Nano@Penn State

Center for Nanoscale Science

Center for NanoMedicine and Materials

Center for Solar Nanomaterials

Related Topics

2-D Materials, Biomaterials

Research Experts

James Adair
James Adair
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering and Pharmacology
(814) 863-6047
Moses Chan
Moses Chan
  • Evan Pugh Professor of Physics
(814) 863-2622
Long-Qing Chen
Long-Qing Chen
  • Hamer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Mathematics
(814) 863-8101
Yongsheng Chen
Yongsheng Chen
  • Assistant Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering
(814) 865-9834
Ralph Colby
Ralph Colby
  • Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering
(814) 863-3457
Vincent Crespi
Vincent Crespi
  • Distinguished Professor of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry
(814) 863-0163
Melik Demirel
Melik Demirel
  • Pearce Development Professor
  • Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
(814) 863-2270
Roman Engel-Herbert
  • Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics
(814) 867-4325
Kristen Fichthorn
Kristen Fichthorn
  • Merrell R. Fenske Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Professor of Physics
(814) 863-4807
Robert Hickey
Robert Hickey
  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
(814) 863-7521

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