Chemists and materials scientists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which substances react with each other. Understanding materials at the chemical level is essential to developing new and improved materials applications and to test the quality of engineered uses.

Research Applications

Chemistry as applied to materials science research at Penn State has lead to the development of ionic liquids used for extracting oil and tar from sand, and Petro-SAP for oil spill recovery, to name just two recent examples.

Related Topics

Electrochemistry, Synthesis

Research Experts

Adri van Duin
Adri van Duin
  • Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering
(814) 865-3389
Donghai Wang
Donghai Wang
  • Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
(814) 863-1287
Lauren Zarzar
  • Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry
(814) 865-1316