College of Earth and Mineral Sciences news


College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences edition

Wednesday, September 1, 2021


Three images showing production of ferroelectric magnesium-substituted zinc oxide thin films

Ferroelectrics everywhere?

A new family of materials that could result in improved digital information storage and uses less energy may be possible thanks to a team of Penn State researchers who demonstrated ferroelectricity in magnesium-substituted zinc oxide.   Full story

A view of mountains seen from a lake with EarthTalks and a bubble superimposed

EESI EarthTalks seminar series to focus on 'fire in the earth system'

The Fall 2021 EESI EarthTalks series, “Fire in the Earth System,” will address humanity’s long relationship with fire, how humans and climate create conditions conducive to megafires, and how policy makers and land managers can address the fire problem. The talks, which are free and open to the public, take place Mondays at 4 p.m. via Zoom.  Full story

Image showing universities participating in the ATOMIC center

National 2D materials research center wins NSF funding

Operated by Penn State's Materials Research Institute in partnership with Rice University, the Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC) has won $1.5 million in Phase II funding from the National Science Foundation that will allow it to add a new academic partner, Boise State University, and new industry partners.  Full story