Join us for 2017 OSU Materials Week – May 9-12

2017 OSU Materials Week – the annual showcase of materials-allied research at The Ohio State University and beyond – will be held May 9-12, 2017 at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center on Ohio State’s Columbus campus.


Our 9th annual conference features a keynote address, student poster sessions, and technical and cross cutting sessions focusing on the latest advances in the full spectrum of materials innovation:


  • Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability
  • Materials Innovation
  • Materials and Nanostructures for Magnetic Skyrmions
  • Integrated Design of Materials
  • Nanoengineered Materials for Medical Applications
  • Innovations in Advanced Microscopy
  • Wide Bandgap Semiconductors


IMR Keynote Address by

Ayodhya N. Tiwari
Solar Electricity: Advancements and Opportunities with Innovative Emerging Technologies

Tuesday, May 9 at 2:00 PM







For more information on 2017 OSU Materials Week, including registration, agenda and program guide, visit:

COSI Academy Students Experience Science in Action at Nanotech West

IMR staff recently hosted a group of high school students from COSI Academy, an exploration program for high school students interested in STEM and STEM related careers.  Run through the Center for Science and Industry (COSI), Columbus’ science museum, the COSI Academy connects students with professionals in the areas of engineering, biotechnology and health and medicine through site visits to local science-based corporations, organizations, and universities, guest speakers, and hands-on activities.

COSI Academy students watch an instrumentation demonstration at Nanotech West Lab – courtesy of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)


Twelve students toured the Nanotech West Lab facility on April 8, including its cleanroom and Materials Innovation Lab, and learned about different career paths in STEM fields. Nanotech West Lab is Ohio State’s nanofabrication research facility and the largest and most comprenhesive micro- and nanotechnology user facility in the state of Ohio. The lab is home to more than 50 large pieces of user accessible material synthesis, fabrication and metrology equipment and research capabilities include e-beam lithography, nanolithography, device fabrication, MOCVD epitaxy, device processing, and clean room processing.


IMR Member of Technical Staff Aimee Price discusses nanotechnology with COSI Academy students in the Materials Innovation Lab – courtesy of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)

COSI Academy students gowned up to tour the Nanotech West cleanroom – courtesy of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)


This outreach event was well received by the COSI Academy students and their chaperones, and our staff enjoyed the opportunity to share their work with the next generation of scientists. Students particularly enjoyed the monochromator demonstration by Nanotech West engineer Dave Hollingshead, and seeing the plotter in action on the feature wall of the Materials Innovation Lab.


Senior Technology Integrator Kari Roth explains the Materials Innovation model being developed through IMR’s Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability program – courtesy of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)

All photos courtesy of the Center for Science and Industry (COSI)

M&MS Hosts New Faculty Welcome Event

IMR recently hosted a welcome event for the nine new faculty members who have joined The Ohio State University through our Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability  (M&MS) program. The event was informative as well as social – an opportunity for the faculty hires to meet and learn more about their research endeavors.

New faculty hired through the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) program attended an informal gathering in the Materials Innovation Lab

With five of the new hires starting in January 2017, this informal gathering, held at our Materials Innovation Lab on Kinnear Road, was the first official event where all of the faculty hires were able to meet one another and discuss their backgrounds and research interests.  Steve Ringel, IMR Executive Director and M&MS Faculty Director, offered a brief presentation with an overview of the M&MS initiative, its goals and activities to date, and IMR’s programs and opportunities.

Steve Ringel, IMR Executive Director and M&MS Faculty Director, provides an overview of IMR and M&MS

Presentation slide showing the building of the M&MS faculty cohort with its first nine hires

Each M&MS faculty member then shared a short, one slide presentation introducing their work, followed by additional time to network and discuss opportunities for collaboration.

Professor Jeanie (Chun Ning) Lau, Physics, discusses her research activities

The nine M&MS faculty hires who joined The Ohio State University during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years are:


  • Marc Bockrath, Professor, Physics
  • Carolin Fink, Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Ned Hill, Professor, Public Affairs, City and Regional Planning
  • John Horack, Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy and Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Glenn College of Public Policy
  • Joerg Jinschek, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Jung-Hyun Kim, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
  • Sanjay Krishna, George R. Smith Chair in Engineering and Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Chun Ning (Jeanie) Lau, Professor, Physics
  • Farhang Pourboghrat, Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Integrated Systems Engineering


With twelve additional faculty searches currently active, we continue to build the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability cohort of people, research and innovation within our Discovery Themes program.


Steve Ringel, Dr. Jay Sayre (Assistant Vice President of M&MS), and M&MS Professor Farhang Pourboghrat

Professor Sanjay Krishna and Jay Sayre

New M&MS Professors Carolin Fink and Joerg Jinschek



M&MS Leaders Participate in Germany-US Industry 4.0 Workshop

The Ohio Manufacturing Institute, University of Cincinnati and Ohio partners recently hosted a workshop featuring a delegation of industry, university and economic development representatives from the Baden-Württemberg state of Germany. The March 27th international workshop featured discussion on how Ohio and Germany are participating in the fourth industrial revolution, or “Industry 4.0,” the current trend of manufacturing technologies maximizing efficiency through automation and data exchange.

The workshop included keynote addresses by representatives from GE Aviation and Baden-Württemberg addressing the question of automation and how the workspace will evolve in the future.  Panel discussions on “Smart Factories – Towards the Factory of the Future,” and “Work 4.0 – How Next Generation Industries Will Change the Working Reality of the Future” included three experts IMR’s Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) program – moderator Glenn Daehn, Fontana Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and M&MS Deputy Faculty Director, and panelists Jay Sayre, Assistant Vice President for M&MS and IMR Director of Innovation and Ned Hill, Professor of Public Administration and City and Regional Planning, who was hired in 2015 through the M&MS program.  The workshop concluded with an evening reception attended by state government and university dignitaries.


Presentations from the Industry 4.0 workshop are available on OMI’s website:

Using Food Waste as a Sustainable Rubber Filler

Katrina Cornish, Ohio Research Scholar and Professor of Horticulture and Crop Sciences and Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering, Cornish’s lab at Ohio State’s Wooster campus designs natural rubber alternatives using crops of guayule and Buckeye Gold dandelion, combined with eggshells and tomato peels.

Cornish Barrera

Professor Katrina Cornish with Postdoctoral Researcher Cindy Barrera in the group’s research facility

Through the Program of Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives (PENRA) research facility, Cornish’s research group found that partially replacing carbon black with ground eggshells or tomato peels in rubber enhanced its overall strength, elasticity and softness. Both materials offer practical advantages in tire manufacture. Tomato skins offer high-temperature stability, while the porousness of eggshells enable it to bond well with rubber. Additional testing led the researchers to widen their applications of these alternatives beyond tires to other rubber products such as gaskets, hoses and rubber gloves.

Researchers from The Ohio State University have developed a patent-pending, greener—or, more accurately, reddish-brown—alternative to the carbon black filler used in tires.

Natural rubber is a vital resource for any developed country and is used in over 40,000 commercial products. By 2020 the USA may suffer a supply shortfall of 1.5 million metric tons of imported natural rubber. While the use of synthetic rubber has surpassed natural rubber in quantity, there are particular properties and high-performance applications that make natural rubber irreplaceable by synthetic rubber.

As carbon black supply dwindles, eggshells and tomato skins abound. America alone consumes almost 100 billion eggs and 13 million tons of tomatoes annually, with their shells and skins going to landfills. Cornish expects the food factories that dispose of these items to become the go-to source for new filler material.

Cornish explains that the technology has the potential to address three problems: allow more sustainable tire manufacturing process, reduce the tire industry’s dependence on foreign oil, and keep waste out of landfills.

Cornish’s research has been covered by several national media this month, which served as sources for this article:

Wall Street Journal:

US News & World Report:

How Stuff Works:

Yahoo! News: