News & Announcements

The Research Triangle MRSEC presents its annual outreach event titled "The Material Science of Food and Drink". Keynote speaker will be Patrick Charbonneau, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Duke University on "The Chemistry and Physics of Cooking". As a specialist in soft matter, a subdiscipline of chemistry that deals with the physical aspects of liquids, gels, and other biological matter, Charbonneau's lecture focuses on scientific theory and food-centric demos. Students can apply the concepts learned to their own culinary creations. “Not everything tastes great,” says Charbonneau, “but everything is scientifically interesting.”

10:00am - 1:00pm - Various Scientific Demos by PhD students!

11:30am - Keynote speaker presentation

There will also be 8+ hands on scientific demos like Edible DNA, Science of Jello and Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream led by graduate students. If you have any specific questions, please contact Katie at 

Free Parking - Bryan Center Parking Garage: Please tell parking attendant that you are going to the NC Science Festival in Teer 

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: Saturday, April 8th from 9am - 1pm!

NCSU Centennial Campus, Engineering Building 1 - 911 Partners Way, Raleigh - Free Parking in the Oval Deck

**Workshops are at full capacity at this time. There may be room for drop-ins for the Potter's Penguin Project at 10am, 11am and Noon.

**Hands-on demos are ongoing from 9am to 1pm. There will be lots of fun for all!

The College of Engineering at North Carolina State University will open its doors to anyone with an interest in science and engineering during an outreach event focusing on Art & Design within science. In addition to ongoing scientific demonstrations like Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, 3D printing, Instant Worms, Edible DNA, and The Science of Jello, we will have three special activities as follows:

  • Artist Liz Paley: The Potters' Penguin Project - learn about global warming effects on penguin populations. Create a clay penguin to add to this community art display! LEARN MORE
  • Artist Jeannette Brossart: Learn about the art and design of making mosaics AND take home your own creation! (*limited to 30 students each session) LEARN MORE
  • NCSU Faculty member Radmila Sazdanovic: From Plato, through Da Vinci to knotted polyhedra-art design through math. Each participant will get the chance to assemble a sculpture by a mathematician and artist Rinus Roelofs

Pre-registration encouraged, please CLICK HERE.

This event is hosted by the Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (RT-MRSEC), which has faculty and students at NCSU, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and NCCU, will be held on Saturday, April 8th from 9am to 1pm on NC State’s Centennial Campus, Engineering Building 1 at 911 Partners Way - Free parking in the Oval Parking Deck just across the street. 

“Since its inception, the RT-MRSEC has been involved very actively in various forms of public outreach. We do so for multiple reasons,” said Dr. Jan Genzer, Celanese Professor in CBE and MRSEC co-director. “First, we constantly strive to increase participation and diversity in STEM fields through education and mentoring of K-12 and undergraduate students. In a sense, this is a great recruiting event for all Triangle universities and the MRSEC in particular. We also put a lot of effort toward enhancing public awareness of materials research through lectures and hands-on demonstrations (many of which we have developed ourselves). We conduct those in middle and high schools, at local colleges and in various public places. The NC Science Festival represents a true hallmark of our activities in public outreach.”

Curious about what RT-MRSEC actually aspires to and contributes to the research community, educational outreach, diversity & materials science? This enlightening video is worth watching! Our Center encompases four Triangle-area institutions: Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill & North Carolina Center University. This, in and of itself, adds to the diverse makeup of our students and faculty. 

The Graduate School at Duke University is committed to excellence, equity, and inclusion in its graduate programs and to creating a welcoming environment that engages all of its diversity in the intellectual development of its students. Inclusive excellence in graduate programs means not only demographics, but is also reflected in the departmental and program climate, curriculum, intellectual discourse and recruitment, retention and graduation of individuals underrepresented in the discipline, field, or area. 

8th Annual Triangle Soft Matter Workshop 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Duke University, Fitzpatrick Center, Schiciano A&B

The goal of this workshop is to spark interactions and collaborations between the research groups in the Triangle area.  The workshop format is very informal, and an emphasis is placed on spurring conversations between researchers in all areas of soft matter research. “Soft matter” here is defined very broadly, and it includes (but is not limited to) work in polymers, colloid science, synthetic and naturally occurring biomaterials, and condensed matter physics. In addition to the invited talks, the agenda includes alternating soundbite (i.e., 2 mins oral overview of a project – used to advertise a research project and a poster) and poster sessions to facilitate interactions.

Registration Open