Industrial Access to the Penn State Materials Characterization Lab

J. Shallenberger
Penn State University,
United States

Keywords: industrial collaborations, semiconductor, remote access


Penn State University is the largest materials research and science university by research funding. The Materials Research Institute has over 300 faculty from 15 academic departments affiliated with the institute. A major role of MRI is to maintain a series of interdisciplinary user facilities including the Materials Characterization Lab and the Nanofabrication facility. These open access facilities are professionally staffed and available for use by researchers at Penn State, from other universities, from industry and from national labs. This talk will provide an overview of the unique culture, the favorable contracting for external users and some exciting developments for remotely accessing the facility (driven by Covid). Three brief case studies on industry-university collaborations will be discussed highlighting the type and depth of interaction that we specialize in at Penn State.