Yuan Zheng Named 2016 Innovator of the Year

Congratulations to Professor Yuan Zheng, Winbigler Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for being named The Ohio State University’s 2016 Innovator of the Year!

 

2016 Innovator of the Year award winner Yuan Zheng, Electrical and Computer Engineering, with Senior Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre and Associate Dean of Engineering Randy Moses

On January 25, Dr. Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, delivered the annual state of research address titled “Creative Partnerships, Meaningful Impact,” followed by the awarding of the university’s 2016 Innovator of the Year, Early Career Innovator of the Year and Student Innovator of the Year awards.

 

Dr. Zheng has been a leader in robotics research for more than 35 years, creating innovative structures and mechanisms for robotics in industrial, defense and service applications. In 2014, Zheng developed the Circular Wave Drive (CWD), a compact and co-axial gear head that allows for speed reduction in rotational motions. Speed reducers represent 36% of the total cost of an industrial robot. Yuan’s CWD was developed as a replacement for the traditional Harmonic Drive Gear (HDG) technology used widely in the robotics industry. The HDG technology uses a special metal alloy that has to be replaced every two years and requires expensive high precision machining.

 

Zheng’s CWD technology overcomes the shortcomings of the HDG. He developed a low-cost, compact, highly-efficient, ruggedized speed reducing gear system. He increased torque capacity and the life span of the gear by eliminating the use of flexible materials in the design. This invention could mean the formation of a new market of ultra-fast, high-precision steering and automation beyond robotic joints.

 

IKOVE, a local venture capital company, licensed his technology from the university in 2015 and founded a start-up company called CWD LLC. One U.S. patent and one international patent have been filed. Funding from the Ohio Third Frontier’s Technology Validation and Start-up Fund was used to design and fabricate a prototype CWD.

 

The 2016 Early Career Innovator of the Year is Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, research assistant professor in physical medicine and rehabilitation and associate director of the Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory. The 2016 Student Innovator of the Year is Jacaob Mendlovic, a recent Ohio State honors graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in nuclear engineering.

 

For learn more about all of this year’s award winners, visit the Office of Research’s website: http://research.osu.edu/2017/01/yuan-zheng-lise-worthen-chaudhari-and-jacob-mendlovic-named-2016-innovators-of-the-year/ 

Grassman Wins SunShot Award to Develop High Efficiency Tandem Solar Cell

Prof. Tyler Grassman (MSE/ECE) was awarded $1,124,999 to develop a tandem solar cell with gallium arsenide phosphide (GaAsP) on silicon (Si) aimed at 30% or higher efficiency.  This research is powered by the U.S. Department of pv-module-diagram-twitterEnergy SunShot Initiative’s Photovoltaic Research and Development program and will support the development of next generation photovoltaics technology, driving solar cost reductions and reliability improvements for years to come. Prof. Grassman’s project will support the SunShot goals by developing a mature GaAsP/Si tandem cell that could be manufactured at scale via existing Si and III-V tooling and infrastructure, greatly reducing capital expenditures and revitalizing existing manufacturing industries.

 

pvrd-photo-fb The SunShot Initiative’s Photovoltaic Research and Development (PVRD) funding program pushes the limits of power conversion efficiency, fielded energy output, service lifetime, and manufacturability of commercial and emerging PV technologies.  PVRD is one of the first funding opportunities in SunShot that looks to a post-2020 goal, and it is anticipated that a second round of funding opportunities in this area wil lbe announced in October 2016.

 

Learn more about Prof. Grassman’s award: http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/project-profile-ohio-state-university-pvrd

NSF Awards IMR Team $1M to Build New Spectrometer

The National Science Foundation recently announced that an IMR-led Major Research Instrumentation proposal totaling over $1 million has been awarded to a multidisciplinary team of Ohio State researchers.  The project, titled “Development of a Broadband 330 GHz Variable Temperature Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer System,” has Professor Fengyuan Yang, Professor of Physics and IMR Associate Director, as the Principal Investigator.

The project team includes five other Ohio State professors – Chris Hammel, Physics; Rolando Valdes Aguilar, Physics; Joseph Heremans, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; John Volakis, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Physics – as well as IMR Member of Technical Staff and NanoSystems Lab director, Dr. Denis Pelekhov.

Together, these researchers will develop a broadband high frequency magnetic resonance spectrometer with the frequency ranging from 1 to 330 GHz between liquid helium and room temperature.  This will be the first magnetic resonance spectrometer in the 100’s GHz at a shared user facility in the Midwest region, and will significantly strengthen and expand the investigation of novel fundamental phenomena and the development of paradigm-changing technologies for researchers within The Ohio State University and from across the Midwest region.

Congratulations to Professor Fengyuan Yang on this NSF MRI award!

For more information, see the College of Engineering’s full story: https://engineering.osu.edu/news/2016/09/nsf-award-funds-novel-magnetic-resonance-research 

Global Partnership Grant Funds Sustainable Materials Research Collaboration

The new Global Partnership Grants program of the IMR and its M&MS Discovery Theme focus area is supporting an international research collaboration between The Ohio State University and the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay.  This inaugural Global Partnership Grant award funds the research project “Development and Characterization of Gallium Oxide Transistors,” a collaboration between Siddharth Rajan, Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering departments at Ohio State, and Saurabh Lodha, an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at IIT-Bombay.  The professors and their research teams will explore the design of energy-efficient electronic devices based on a new semiconductor material, Gallium Oxide.  More information about this exciting joint research project and Global Partnership Grants is available on our website.

 

 

2016 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Awards

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