The Center supports collaborative, interdisciplinary research efforts in the area of nanoscale materials. The research themes of the Center are focused broadly on nanomaterial synthesis and fabrication, complex oxide thin films, nano- and micro-motors, low-dimensional electronic nanostructures, and integrated optical metamaterials. These research themes are integrated with major efforts in educational and industrial outreach. The activities of the Center involve over forty students and postdoctoral fellows, an approximately equal number of faculty from seven academic departments at Penn State University, and a number of external academic and industrial partners.
The Center for Nanoscale Science was established in September 2002. Currently the Center is composed of four Interdisciplinary Research Groups: