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Penn Study: Understanding Graphene’s Electrical Properties on an Atomic Level

Graphene is widely touted as being the most electrically conductive material ever studied. However, not all graphene is the same; with so few atoms, the arrangement of each one has an impact on its overall function.

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  • Pushing the Frontiers of a New Material

    Pushing the Frontiers of a New Material

    Draw a line with a pencil and it’s likely that somewhere along that black smudge is a material that earned two scientists the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. The graphite of that pencil tip is simply multiple layers of carbon atoms; where those layers are only one atom thick, it is known as graphene.

  • The Link Between the Southern Ocean and Climate Change

    The Link Between the Southern Ocean and Climate Change

    To investigate the interplay between climate change and the ocean, Irina Marinov, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, focuses her attention on…

  • Dr. Henry Daniell

    Growing Plants to Save Lives

    Tucked behind old factory buildings on Penn’s South Bank campus stands a gleaming greenhouse. The $2 million structure, completed late last year, is state-of-the-art. Drip irrigation ensures each pot receives just the right amount of water.

  • Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    Solving Society’s Greatest Energy Challenges

    When University sophomore Albert Xiao joined the first class of the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER), a dual-degree program in Penn Arts & Sciences and the S…

  • 3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    3D Printing for Veterinary Surgeries

    In PennDesign’s Fabrication Lab, students and faculty use three-dimensional printers to craft geometric forms, architectural models, and other products of the imagination.

  • Penn Researchers Help Unearth Forgotten Egyptian Pharaoh

    Working in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos over the winter break, a team of Penn archaeologists knew they had found something special. After excavating a series of chambers constructed of mud-brick—usually a sign of a common person’s tomb—they encountered a stone slab, and finally, a burial chamber lined with limestone.

  • Robockey Teams Face Off in Largest Tournament Yet

    For students in the “Design of Mechatronic Systems” class in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, “the finals” are more than just an exam; they are a tournament in which the winners hoist a trophy h…

  • Penn Researchers Show How Brain ‘Geotags’ Memory

    Penn Researchers Show How Brain ‘Geotags’ Memory

    The hippocampus in the brain is associated with remembering events and tracking locations. Researchers, however, had been unable to determine whether the same sets of neurons were involved in both of these processes.

  • Nanotech Innovation Keeps Surfaces Clean and Transparent

    Hanging hundreds of feet off the ground to wash a skyscraper’s windows or pumping water out to a desert solar array to keep its panels and mirrors clean is more than just a hassle—it’s an expensive problem with serious ecological implications.

  • Penn Scientists Celebrate Role in Higgs Discovery

    Penn Scientists Celebrate Role in Higgs Discovery

    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to theorists Peter Higgs and Francois Englert to recognize their work developing the theory of what is now known as the Higgs field, which gives elementary particles mass.

Penn in the news

Researchers Aim for an Electrical Memory Prosthesis July 18, 2014 | Science

The Penn DARPA project is mentioned, and Michael Kahana of the School of Arts & Sciences is quoted.

There Is a Robot Soccer Tournament Called the RoboCup July 10, 2014 | Washington Post

Daniel Lee of the School of Engineering and Applied Science is quoted about robots playing soccer.

Philadelphia Researchers to Create Brain Prosthesis to Restore Memory Loss July 10, 2014 | “Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Michael J. Kahana of the School of Arts & Sciences and Gordon Baltuch of the Perelman School of Medicine are quoted about developing a device to help restore memory to those affected by traumatic brain injuries.

Video: Heads Up, World Cup Teams: The Robots Are Coming July 10, 2014 | Associated Press

Daniel Lee of the School of Engineering and Applied Science comments on RoboCup, a soccer tournament featuring robots.

Probing Brain’s Depth, Trying to Aid Memory July 9, 2014 | New York Times

Michael J. Kahana of the School of Arts & Sciences is featured in a front-page article for leading a $22.5 million project on restoring memory loss.

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