Silicon on steroids

by Holly Riddle In April, Penn State announced the formation of the Silicon Carbide Innovation Alliance (SCIA), “a coalition of industry leaders, academic institutions and government support with a focus on becoming the nation's central hub for research, development and workforce training in SiC crystal technology.” The Alliance will be based out of the Penn […]


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Happy Valley: Home of the smart chip?

By Jeff Cavanaugh Across the globe, people rely on smart technology every second of the day, but current security technology within smart devices is lacking in energy conservation and overall efficiency. A team of Penn State researchers hopes to change that. Photo: Kelby Hochreither, Penn State A team of Penn State researchers led by Saptarshi […]

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Research discovery on waste heat could yield innovative new energy source

By Timothy Kelly The Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute, Penn State University. Photo: T. Kelly Waste heat is the unused heat given to the surrounding environment (in the form of thermal energy) by a heat engine in a thermodynamic process in which it converts heat to useful work. Recovering and recycling waste heat has […]

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TechCelerator winner improving path to addiction recovery

By Nikki Ciecierski Sharina Johnson (right) is pictured at the Ben Franklin TechCelerator program with Arcana Recovery co-founder Laura Arciuolo (left). Photo: Provided. There can often be shame in seeking help for addiction. Just ask Sharina Johnson. As a military veteran who struggled with addiction after coming home from Iraq, she said the military taught […]

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How Penn State’s materials research discoveries are impacting society

By Cara Aungst Materials Day 2022, the annual marquee event for materials-related interdisciplinary science and engineering at Penn State, will be held Oct. 20-21, 2022, at Penn State’s HUB and Millennium Science Complex. The event will be held in-person this year after being held virtually for the past two years. This year’s theme is "Materials […]

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Penn State’s new virus identification method works in mere minutes

By Timothy Kelly H5N2 viruses trapped on aligned carbon nanotubes. Photo: Penn State University. Identifying a new or emerging pathogen involves three tasks: collect a representative sample, analyze the sample and interpret the results. Using established methods, collecting a sample, isolating and concentrating a virus involves multiple steps, taking hours or days to complete. A […]

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At The Rivet, there are no limits to the imagination

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger Students observe work being performed on a potter’s wheel. Photo: Provided. We often hear the phrase “there are no limits to the imagination.” What we rarely hear discussed, which is much less romantic, are the limitations imposed upon creatives when they can’t afford the tools and training that they need to usher those […]

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