2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Awards

We are pleased to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, 8 awards have been made to fund exceptionally promising, innovative materials research on campus through the 2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program.

 

These awards total $360,000 in internal research funding to 17 Ohio State researchers from 8 departments in two colleges. The program was able to fund 28% of the proposals submitted this year; 8 out of a total 28. Congratulations to the eight research teams whose projects were selected this year for seed grant funding.

 

The 2017 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 eight research teams whose projects were selected this year for seed grant funding!

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Did you miss out on OSU Materials Week?

 

Don’t worry! Check out the “Materials Week in Review” to see the highlights of Materials Week.

And if you couldn’t make it to the Three Minute Thesis competition, check out the awesome student finalists who presented during Materials Week. Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ) whereby PhD students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience. All participants did a wonderful job presenting to our panel of judges.

 

The six finalists for the 3-Minute Thesis competition were Ryan Buntain, Sarah Bushman, Xinpeng Du, Bryan Esser, Xianje (Tony) Ren and Matthew Souva.

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Two Members of Technical Staff Receive University Honors

All of us at the Institute for Materials Research are so proud of the well-deserved staff service awards to two of IMR’s Members of Technical Staff over the past week – Mark Brenner and Denis Pelekhov.  The two scientists were recognized for their commitment to supporting researchers, mentoring students, and ensuring safety in their respective research facilities.  Both Mark and Denis are IMR Members of Technical Staff through our research enhancement programs providing financial and logistical support of core materials research facilities on Ohio State’s campus.  Congratulations, Mark and Denis, on these recognitions of your excellent service to Ohio State’s materials community!

 

 

SEAL Lab Manager Mark Brenner receives his award from Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair Joel Johnson

Mark Brenner, Lab Manager with the Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Laboratory (SEAL), was recently honored with the College of Engineering’s “Exemplary Support or Advancement of Research” Above and Beyond Award.  Given at the 2017 College of Engineering Staff Appreciation Luncheon, Brenner was recognized for his  service and dedication to faculty recruitment, as well as student and research support across multiple departments.

 

“Mark is a unique and outstanding part of our team and college,” his nomination letter states. “Without Mark here, we would not have been successful at recruiting the quality of faculty members that we have been able to nor would those faculty members have been able to grow their programs so successfully. Mark’s commitment to student learning and student research also sets him apart. He takes time to train students on the various aspects of the lab and explain why certain procedures are in place. He will always drop what he’s doing to answer a student’s question or assist them if they are having difficulty. He is a great mentor.”

 

NSLF Director Denis Pelekhov with his John G. Whitcomb Distinguished Staff Award

Denis Pelekhov, Director of NanoSystems Lab (NSL), received the John G. Whitcomb Distinguished Staff Award, which recognizes exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service to the Department of Physics and its missions of research, teaching, and service.  Awarded this week at the Physics department picnic, Pelekhov was recognized for his strong commitment to safety, student mentorship, and consistently outstanding service to NSL users.

 

“Denis provides excellent service to users at NSL that is timely, thorough, inclusive, and equitable. I am particularly impressed with his respect for all levels of research: he treats graduate and undergraduate students with the same respect and care he shows to faculty… In addition to offering quality service, Denis is a shining example of scientific and research safety. He goes above and beyond to ensure that our students are following safety protocols- often adding his own for good measure- so that our students can learn and grow without fear or danger. I have personally witnessed Denis drop everything multiple times to address a safety issue with all the gravity and importance it deserves (and more) to protect a student.”

 

2017 Distinguished Scholar Awardees Include 3 IMR Members

Three of the six Ohio State faculty members recognized with a 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award are members of the IMR materials community. Congratulations to Len Brillson (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Bill Marras (Integrated Systems Engineering), and Claudia Turro (Chemistry and Biochemistry) on this honor.

Professors Leonard Brillson, William Marras, and Claudia Turro were among the recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Scholar Awards

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Six receive Distinguished Scholar Award

POSTED: APRIL 4, 2017

The Distinguished Scholar Award, established in 1978, recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research, as well as younger faculty members who have demonstrated great scholarly potential. The 2017 honorees are:

  • Leonard J. Brillson, professor and Center for Materials Research Scholar, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, and Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Laura M. Justice, Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor, Department of Educational Studies, College of Education and Human Ecology
  • Michael V. Knopp, The Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine
  • William S. Marras, The Honda Chair in Transportation, Professor in Integrated Systems Engineering, Department of Integrated Systems Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Marc H. Pinsonneault, professor, Department of Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Claudia Turro, Dow Professorship in Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Recipients are nominated by their departments and chosen by a committee of senior faculty, including past award recipients. Distinguished Scholars receive an honorarium and a research grant to be used over the next three years. The award is supported by the Office of Research.

Krishna Wins ONR Grant to Develop Next-Gen IR Detector Technologies

ECE team wins $3 million ONR grant to make infrared detector technologies at Ohio State tops

The research team consists of (l-r) Teressa Specht, SeungHyun Lee, Vinita Dahiya, Gustavo Vieira and Krishna. Alireza Kazemi (not pictured).

 

Landing planes in zero visibility. Detecting pollution at the nanoscale.

A potential $3 million in new grant funding could help make The Ohio State University a worldwide leader in next-generation infrared detector technologies.

Electrical and computer engineering (ECE) professor Sanjay Krishna had only been at Ohio State a month, hired as part of the university’s Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Themes initiative, before landing the grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

“This means great things for Ohio State’s Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme initiative,” Ohio State professor Steve Ringel said, who leads the M&MS program to create pre-eminence in materials and technologies for sustainability, focusing on innovation and industry deployment.

“Sanjay is the epitome of what M&MS is all about,” Ringel said. “Not only is he a world leader in critical areas of science and technology that impact energy and the environment who, through awards such as this, is already enhancing our prominence academically, but he is also dedicated to the translation of those successes into the private sector through his innovative activities as an entrepreneur.”

The new grant funding comes on behalf of the High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (HEL-JTO) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Program, under the Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology, (DUSDS&T).

It is an alphabet soup of acronyms, for sure, but Krishna said the intention of the grant award is simple – to explore new realms of infrared camera technologies and set the stage for more advancements decades down the line.

Krishna is a world-leading researcher and innovator in the field of narrow bandgap semiconductors applied to infrared imaging sensors and related technologies.

“I want to make Ohio State the number one research group in this particular area,” Krishna said.

His winning research proposal, “Low Excess-noise Avalanche Photodetectors with Superlattices (LEAPS),” outlines research and development toward high performance short wavelength infrared detectors based on III-V semiconductors designed for manufacturing.

“Infrared detectors are important because they can be used for chemical sensing,” Krishna said. “If you want to find out what is coming out of a factory, or what pollution is coming out of a car. Usually these hydrocarbons have characteristics of nature in the infrared. So, if you send a laser beam and watch it come back, you can see that it’s nitrogen oxide or carbon dioxide, or even methane.”

He said infrared detectors can enhance the ability to see through objects.

“If you are landing a plane in wet and foggy conditions, you can see. If a firefighter or first responder is entering a building, you can see in the infrared beyond what you can see in the visible,” Krishna said.

Infrared technology can also study how heat dissipates from the human body.

“We are currently emitting photons,” he said. “You can use this for not only human detection, but also temperature profiles of human beings. This can be applied for a variety of medical applications, including the early detection of skin cancer.”

Krishna said the list goes on to include medical imaging, corrosion detection and food safety applications.

The final task of their grant award is to train new students to take up the proverbial infrared research baton for generations to come, Krishna said.

The professor said he would like to position Ohio State as one of the only two universities in the United States with the ability to undertake “design to camera” research and development in the infrared field.

Collaborators on the project include the University of Virginia, the MIT Lincoln lab, the University of Illinois, Chicago and industry representative L-3 Cincinnati Electronics.


 

This story originally appeared on Electrical and Computer Engineering’s website: https://ece.osu.edu/news/2017/02/ece-team-wins-3-million-onr-grant-make-infrared-detector-technologies-ohio-state-tops