We are pleased to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, 11 awards have been made to fund exceptionally promising, innovative materials research initiatives on campus through the 2016 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program.
These 11 awards total $500,000 in internal research funding to 25 Ohio State researchers from 10 departments in five colleges. The program was able to fund 58% of the proposals submitted this year; 11 out of a total 19.
The 2016 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program provides internal research funding opportunities through two distinct Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding and advancing excellence in materials research of varying scopes. The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program is jointly funded and managed by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).
A PDF with abstracts of each awarded research project is available online. Congratulations to the eleven research teams whose projects were selected this year for seed grant funding!
2016 Exploratory Materials Research Grants
Exploratory Materials Research Grants enable nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding. Eight Exploratory Materials Research Grants were awarded this year:
- Direct Structural Determination of Individual DNA Molecules Using Electron Nanodiffraction, PI: Jinwoo Hwang, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Investigator: Kichoon Lee, Animal Sciences
- Molecular Beam Epitaxy Growth of 2D Ferromagnetic Semiconductors, PI: Roberto Myers, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Investigators: Roland Kawakami, Physics; Wolfgang Windl, Materials Science and Engineering
- An Integrated Experimental-Computational Approach for Determining the Phonon Mean Free Path Spectrum in Semiconductors, PI: Sandip Mazumder, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Co-Investigator: Marat Khafizov, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Effects of Polymer Adsorption on Dynamics of Model Polymer Nanocomposites for Design of Advanced Tire Tread Compounds, PI: Kurt Koelling, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Co-Investigator: Lisa Hall, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
- Uncertainty Quantification for Model Selection: Evaluating Material Constitutive Models based on Available Data, PI: Stephen Niezgoda, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Investigator: Oksana Chkrebtii, Statistics
- Development of a Nanoscale Rheology Sensor in a Microphysiological Model of Tumor Stroma, PI: Jonathan Song, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Co-Investigators: Carlos Castro, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Michael Ostrowski, Cancer Biology and Genetics
- Synthesis and Design of Novel Graphyne and Graphdiyne-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks, PI: Psaras McGrier, Chemistry and Biochemistry
- The Effect of Abutment Material on Wear of Internal Engaging Features of Implants under Cyclic Loading, PI: Fengyuan Zheng, Restorative Sciences and Prosthodontics; Co-Investigators: Damian Lee, Restorative Sciences and Prosthodontics; Jinwoo Hwang, Materials Science and Engineering
2016 Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants
Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants form multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities. Three Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants were awarded this year:
- Ultra Wide Band Gap III-Nitride Semiconductor Materials and Devices, PI: Siddharth Rajan, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Co-Investigators: Jinwoo Hwang, Materials Science and Engineering; Aaron Arehart, Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Magnetic Dynamics and Excitations in Skyrmions Stabilized by Thin Films and Multilayers, PI: Chris Hammel, Physics; Co-Investigators: Vidya Bhallamudi and Fengyuan Yang, Physics; David McComb, Materials Science and Engineering
- Halide Double Perovskites: A New Class of Lead-free Compound Semiconductors, PI: Patrick Woodward, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Co-Investigators: Joseph Heremans, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Roberto Myers and Wolfgang Windl, Materials Science and Engineering