Advances in Metallurgy

rapidly solidified filamentary castingsRobert Maddin, MSE, studies on metallic glasses, e.g. “A Method of Producing Solidified Filamentary Castings,” Transactions of the Metallurgical Society of AIME, 245 (1969), pp. 2475–2476.

Advances in Metallurgy

Cyclic stress-strain response of fcc metals and alloysCampbell Laird, MSE, Fatigue studies in metals, e.g. ‘Cyclic stress-strain response of fcc metals and alloys Acta Met. 25, 10 1621 (1967)

Advances in Metallurgy

McMahon embrittlement studies imageCharles McMahon, MSE, Embrittlement studies in iron e.g. ‘Initiation of cleavage in polycrystalline iron, Acta Met. 13, 6 591 (1965)

Continued Funding



The Penn MRSEC is funded for another 6 years (2017-2023, $22.6 Million), marking continuous funding of the LRSM for 63 years – starting in 1960!


Almanac article

Topological Insulators

Quantum Spin Hall Effect

Gene Mele and Charles Kane, Physics, predicted the ‘Quantum Spin Hall Effect’ and established the field of ‘Topological Insulators.’

Alan Heeger, Alan MacDiarmid, & Hideki Shirakawa win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Alan Heeger, Alan MacDiarmid, & Hideki Shirakawa

Alan Jay Heeger, Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania,  1962-82, Director of the LRSM.


Alan Graham MacDiarmid, Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 1956-2007, Member of the LRSM


Hideki Shirakawa, Post-doctoral Fellow, Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania , with Alan MacDiarmid, 1976-79. Member of the LRSM.


The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2000 was awarded jointly to Alan J. Heeger, Alan G. MacDiarmid and Hideki Shirakawa “for the discovery and development of conductive polymers”.