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Thompson announces $17.8 million grant to Penn State

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, announced a $17.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation to Penn State on Monday.

The funds, which will be used over the next five years, will be dedicated to the growth of efficiencies and materials for next-generation electronic devices, Thompson’s office said. The grant for the university’s Materials Research Institute was one of only two in the nation awarded by the NSF.

“I am proud to see such groundbreaking research being done at Penn State,” Thompson said. “In some cases these materials are only a few atoms thick, which will eventually play an important role in commercializing faster, more energy efficient devices that can be built on flexible surfaces. This truly is the future.”

“This major award provides further proof of Penn State’s national leadership in materials scientific research and speaks to the innovative skills of our faculty,” said Penn State Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. “On behalf of the university’s scientific research enterprise, we would like to thank Congressman Thompson for his steadfast support of Penn State scientific research and the National Science Foundation.”