Materials and Nanoscience

In the mid-1970's Penn State Chemistry made a strategic decision to move towards the new interdisciplinary areas of materials and biological chemistry. The roots of our materials program emanate from surface studies but now spread to materials synthesis and characterization, solid state chemistry and nanotechnology. Several of the Chemistry faculty are members of the Penn State Materials Research Institute (MRI) and several are members of the NSF funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) Center for Nanoscale Science (CNS).

People specializing in this area

Listing of personnel in the Penn State Chemistry Department including name and research topics
Name Research Topic
Allcock, Harry

Polymer synthesis, materials chemistry, and biomedicine

Aronson, Igor

3D printing with active inks

Asbury, John

Ultrafast infrared spectroscopy to reactions in solid-state materials

Badding, John

Photonic materials, carbon nanomaterials, nanostructured materials, thermoelectric materials, energy materials, solar cell materials and structures

Cremer, Paul

-Surface nanofabrication/patterning

-Cell membrane mimic, vesicles and supported lipid bilayers

-SERS metamaterials

Elacqua, Elizabeth

Polymer synthesis and self-assembly, colloidal self-assembly, supramolecular materials 

Hickner, Michael
Jensen, Lasse

Molecular plasmonics, electronic structure theory, computational spectroscopy

Keating, Christine

Directed self-assembly of colloidal particles.

Knappenberger, Kenneth

Materials Physical Chemistry; electronic and optical properties

Lear, Ben

Synthetic control over nanoparticle properties. Polymer synthesis.

Mallouk, Thomas

Chemical applications of solid state materials

Maslak, Przemyslaw

Physical organic chemistry

Schaak, Raymond

Nanocrystals and solid state materials

Sen, Ayusman

Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, polymeric materials, nanomotors, nanofluidics

Williams, Mary Beth

Peptide linked inorganic supramolecular assemblies as molecular wires and for artificial photosynthesis; magnetic nanoparticle based separations and analysis

Winograd, Nicholas

Imaging of biomaterials with mass spectrometry

Zarzar, Lauren

Responsive materials, polymers, nanomaterials, colloids, laser lithography

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