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Program Highlights

NSF-MRSEC Booth at International Materials Research Congress

Education

To increase awareness, promote international collaboration, and broaden participation from traditionally underrepresented groups in the NSF-MRSEC program, an NSF-MRSEC booth was featured at the XXV International Materials Research Congress in Cancun, Mexico. 

(2017)

Understanding Loops in Polymer Networks Results in an Improved Theory for Rubbery Materials

Research

MRSEC researchers have used newly developed loop counting methods to precisely measure the storage moduli and loop fractions of a range of rubbery gels. A new theory, called Real Elastic Network Theory (RENT) was derived that describes how loop defects affect bulk elasticity.

(2017)

Controlled Fragmentation of Multimaterial Fibers Via Polymer Cold-Drawing

Research
MIT MRSEC researchers have demonstrated for the first time a selective cold drawing process in multi-material fibers in which one material undergoes cold-drawing while the others do not.
(2017)

Hybrid 2D-Ferroelectric Structures for Information Technology

Research

Nebraska MRSEC researchers have implemented hybrid electronic devices comprising two-dimensional (2D) materials and ferroelectric thin films of barium titanate (BaTiO3) that exhibit polarization-controlled non-volatile modulation of the electronic properties.

(2017)

Science Night Live! : Bringing Science to the Public

Education

Nebraska MRSEC sponsored and organized Science Night Live!, a unique event that created opportunities for Nebraska scientists to engage the general public with science in ways that challenged stereotypes about who scientists are, how science is done, and why basic research is valuable. 

(2017)

Real-Space Imaging of a Nematic Quantum Liquid

Interactions among electrons can give rise to a variety of exotic quantum phases in solids. An intriguing example is the formation of “nematic” electronic states, whose wave functions break the rotational symmetry of the host material.

(2017)

Princeton MRSEC: Dia De la Ciencia/Science Day

Education

On April 8, 2017, PCCM held its first Día de la Ciencia at the Princeton Public Library. Forty scientists, mostly PCCM members, at 20 tables, met with over 500 members of the community.

(2017)

Philadelphia Science Festival

Education

The Philadelphia Science Festival is an annual nine day celebration of science aimed to engage and excite kids of all ages. Each day there are multiple events building up to the Science Carnival, which was held on April 30th, 2016, and attracted approximately 55,000 attendees.

(2017)

MRSEC-Related Research by High School Students

Education

For many years now, MRSEC-affiliated faculty have accepted high school students into their labs during the summer, or on weekends during the semester, to undertake research projects that are supervised by a post-doctoral scholar or a senior graduate student.

(2017)

Intellectual Merit: Long correlation length for glassy dynamics

Research

Measuring correlated dynamics in molecular glasses:  Properties of molecular glasses change as they are made into nanometer sized films. Fakhraai and Riggleman showed that when the film thickness is reduced below 30 nm, the solid glass films become liquid-like and flow. This results in dewetting as shown in the figure.

(2017)

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