This year’s Penn State Materials Day, Nov. 10–11, is free, open to the public and virtual — offering anyone interested in attending the opportunity to check out all the amazing innovations happening here in Materials Valley.

This year’s theme is Convergence of Materials and Life, and looks at materials and devices on and inside the body, leading to better diagnostics, monitoring and therapy.

What can you expect from this can’t-miss event?

Keynote speakers include Jürgen Rühe, director of Microsystems Engineering and the founding director of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, who will speak on tailor-made surfaces for the generation of novel bio-inspired metamaterials, from biochips to hairy surfaces; and Dr. Khershed P. Cooper, NSF program director for Division of Civil, Mechanical & Manufacturing Innovation, who will speak on advanced manufacturing.

Breakout sessions focus on topics like smart buildings and 5G; biodevices for infection prevention, detection and treatment; living biomaterials; and additive manufacturing of metals and electronic materials.

The first day of the event will also include a virtual tour of the Penn State Millennium Science Complex and MRI facilities, led by staff from the Materials Characterization Laboratory, the Nanofabrication Laboratory and the 2-Dimensional Crystal Consortium.

Learn more about Penn State’s Materials Day, at mri.psu.edu! Registration for the event is required.

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