New initiative with IIT Bombay will focus on advanced technologies research

Agreement advances collaboration between Ohio State and IIT Bombay


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David McComb named Microscopy Society of America Fellow

Materials Science and Engineering Professor David McComb is set to be honored this summer as one of just eight inductees of the Microscopy Society of America’s 2019 Class of Fellows.


The distinguished honor recognizes those who have served the scientific community and made significant contributions and achievements in the field of microscopy and microanalysis.


McComb, who is an Ohio Research Scholar in Nanoscale Materials Characterization and serves as associate director of the Institute for Materials Research, is recognized “for development of electron energy-loss spectrometry and its application to inorganic, organic and molecular systems, as well as the development and implementation of remote microscopy for teaching and learning,” according to the Microscopy Society of America.


He also serves as director of Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS), where his remote microscopy resources are housed. CEMAS makes each of its instruments accessible through remote access, enabling instruments to be used and demonstrated in a world-leading digital lecture theater within the facility.


“We have well over $29 million worth of tools in this facility,” McComb said. “That is a capability that needs to be accessible way beyond The Ohio State University.”

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Gallium oxide-capable MOCVD system installed at Nanotech West Lab


The Ohio State University recently installed a one-of-a-kind materials system, enabling state-of-the-art growth capabilities in the ultra-wide bandgap range.


The new gallium oxide-capable metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system is designed and developed by Agnitron Technology, a Minnesota-based supplier of custom MOCVD equipment and R&D services.


The system will allow Ohio State researchers to develop oxide semiconductor materials, namely gallium oxide (Ga2O3), integral to promising ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors for UV-optoelectronic and power electronic device applications. The system will enable the growth of (Al, Ga, In)2O3, which will provide a materials platform for researchers to investigate the fundamental physical properties of this emerging material and maximize the benefits provided by the system — critical to advanced device designs and its broad application in society.


The gallium oxide-capable MOCVD is a radio frequency-heated quartz tube system specially designed for gallium(II) oxide and aluminum gallium oxide epitaxy. The new system design, capable of depositing on 50mm substrates at temperatures as high as 1050°C, has recently been used by Agnitron researchers to produce world-record mobilities in β-Ga2O3.


This installation marks the third MOCVD system housed at Nanotech West Laboratory on West Campus, complementing the existing MOCVD systems dedicated to III-V, III-nitride and II-IV nitride materials.


“This gives us a unique capability here, at Ohio State, in epitaxy, which complements very well our other capabilities in defect spectroscopy, fabrication, and device development and device design,” said John Carlin, Director of the Nanotech West Lab. “It really puts us in a great position to give a real benefit to the OSU materials community.”


The system is a key component of a five-year Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) award sponsored by Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The project, “Gallium Oxide Materials Science and Engineering – GAME,” will study the promising wide bandgap semiconductor material’s structure-property relationships and advance the material to new-generation electronic and photonic device applications.

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Ohio State Day of Giving is here!


On Friday, March 22, 2019, The Ohio State University will invite alumni, students and other friends of Buckeye Nation to come together and support the university. The 24-hour event is an opportunity to join one another in giving back, paying forward or simply supporting your passion through the cause, college, or initiative of your choice.


We know great things happen when Buckeyes come together.


The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) works to bring together the diverse and wide-ranging disciplines that make up the Ohio State materials community. IMR supports, promotes and facilitates research and infrastructure related to the science, technology and engineering of materials.


Please consider supporting the Institute for Materials Research Development Fund, which aids our goal to support and grow research excellence and impact to position Ohio State as a world leader in materials research and innovation.

(Fund Number: 316038)



We are an interdisciplinary institution. We reach across departments and colleges to connect university resources with each other, industry and other external partners to grow and strengthen the university’s research enterprise and spur innovation. IMR enables long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships between industry, students, faculty and staff. IMR has worked since its inception in 2006 to foster a collaborative ecosystem at Ohio State, with a community of more than 250 faculty members from 35 departments in 10 colleges.


Research Funding and Support


IMR supports materials-allied research at Ohio State through multiple grant programs and grant proposal development resources. These enable investigators to advance collaborative, consequential research. In fiscal year 2018, we funded $231,000 in seed grants to support and advance innovative research, from basic science to applications.


IMR operates and supports a diverse collection of shared research facilities at Ohio State. Each lab is fully staffed and open to our materials community and industry partners.


We also invest in the materials community through targeted workshops and conferences. Each year, IMR hosts OSU Materials Week, a multi-day event showcasing materials-allied research at Ohio State and from around the world.


Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability


IMR also operates the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) focus area of the Discovery Themes initiative. This focus enables faculty, research staff and students at Ohio State to focus on translational research and innovation in technology, science and manufacturing, as they apply to future energy systems and sustainability.


Nearly two dozen faculty members have joined Ohio State through M&MS, amplifying the impact of education and research at the university to the clear benefit of our students, academic and industry partners and the state of Ohio.


The impactful work of M&MS faculty has earned funding awards ranging from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions.


M&MS stimulates engagement with a myriad of companies and develops various workshops and programs with universities and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Collaborations have been fostered through the IMR student externship program INNOVATE-O-thon with Honda R&D Americas Inc., Greif Inc., the Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State Energy Partners—ENGIE.


INNOVATE-O-thon students talk mobility at DriveOhio event


Student participants from the most recent INNOVATE-O-thon recently shared their experiences and thoughts on the future of smart mobility in Ohio to a packed ballroom of government representatives and community members.


DriveOhio, an initiative working to advance smart mobility in Ohio, invited the students to the DriveOhio Alliance quarterly meeting at the Fawcett Center after their involvement in an Institute for Materials Research-led INNOVATE-O-thon event in November.


At the three-day innovation event, students were challenged to imagine a future with self-driving shuttles on the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University and build value propositions for projects of that scope.


Their ideas will help shape the technology strategy of DriveOhio as it works to advance smart mobility in the state.


Josiah Campbell and Evan Luikart were teammates at INNOVATE-O-thon. Their group focused on how autonomous shuttles might improve safety for late-night travelers in the campus area.


“I enjoyed INNOVATE-O-thon so much, and I learned a lot from it. I wanted to come here and tell people about it and how I felt about it,” said Luikart said, a mechanical engineering freshman at Ohio State. “Also, I thought this was a great networking opportunity to meet people and see what else is going on with DriveOhio.”

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