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The Cornell Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (ICSE), in conjunction with the CCMR and a generous Intel donation, can now provide powerful research computing capabilities at a minimal charge. An Intel donation of 180 fast Xeon core processors (E5-2660v3 chip) form the CCMR-ICSE computer cluster, structured into nine 20-core systems. Each system has 96 GB of RAM and the cluster has over 200 TB of storage.

Bottom image is Kirigami made from graphene. Scale bar is 10 microns.

As described in a recent Nature paper and in a recent Quartz article, CCMR scientists are experimenting with kirigami, a version of origami where paper is cut, as well as folded, to make new and complicated shapes. In the above image, the upper image is large-scale kirigami made with paper while the bottom image is the nanoscale version made with graphene instead of paper. The scale bar in the lower image is 10 microns and both versions can be stretched to many times their original lengths while retaining properties of the unstretched state. Since graphene can conduct electricity, graphene kirigami has great implications for flexible, wearable, and implantable electronics.

The 2015 CCMR Symposium took place on May 19 on the Ithaca campus. It gathered 183 attendees from industry and academia. Representatives of nineteen companies networked with Cornell faculty and Symposium speakers and learned more about the materials research capabilities of Cornell University (Albany International, Benjamin Moore & Co., Corning, DuPont, Eastman Kodak, EMD Performance Materials (Gold Sponsor), Exxon Mobil, Globe Composite Solutions, Golden Artists Colors, Infineum, Michelin, Molaire Consulting, Novomer, Oratel Diagnostics, Pall Corporation, Penn Color, Sekisui, Solvay, and Xerox). 

From Cornell Chronicle article by Anne Ju
Making thin films out of semiconducting materials is analogous to how ice grows on a windowpane: When the conditions are just right, the semiconductor grows in flat crystals that slowly fuse together, eventually forming a continuous film.
This process of film deposition is common for traditional semiconductors like silicon or gallium arsenide – the basis of modern electronics – but Cornell scientists are pushing the limits for how thin they can go. They have demonstrated a way to create a new kind of semiconductor thin film that retains its electrical properties even when it is just atoms thick.

A first-of-its-kind electron microscope, which will allow materials to be studied in their natural environments using an electron beam focused down to a subatomic spot, is coming to Cornell.



The CCMR currently supports three Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) and a number of smaller 'seed' research groups through an NSF MRSEC grant and Cornell University support. Each group brings researchers from a variety of different departments together to work on an outstanding interdisciplinary problem in materials research and development. Read more