Janna Maranas Soft Matter and Neutron Scattering Research Lab

The Janna Maranas Soft Matter and Neutron Scattering Research Lab is comprised of graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduate researchers investigating molecular structure and mobility in soft materials. Lab work is equally divided between computation and experimental approaches. Current projects address polymer electrolyte for battery application, plant cell walls, biomimetic membranes, and cosmetic formulation.

Current research focuses in the lab include:

  • Solid polymer electrolytes
  • Plant cell wall
  • Biomimetic desalination membranes
  • Computational modeling of electrochemical interfaces
  • Cosmetic formula research

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The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

121 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2574