Girl Scouts join Ohio State engineers for sustainable energy event


Some members of the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland recently explored the science behind sustainable energy with engineering staff and students at The Ohio State University.


Girl Scouts attending “Scoping Out Solar Energy” at Ohio State’s Institute for Materials Research (IMR) Nanotech West Lab and Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS) took part in discussions and hands-on science and technology activities with College of Engineering volunteers.


Throughout the day, the nearly 20 Girl Scouts learned about energy use, conversion and storage, as well as energy consumption of electric vehicles. The topics complemented concepts learned in school and introduced them to new ideas regarding renewable energy and electron microscopy.


Through each activity, the elementary school-aged girls also had an opportunity to consider their potential roles as science and engineering leaders in the future.


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Student collaboration connects with Discovery Themes at INNOVATE-O-thon

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) cast a wide net to land the diverse collection of students and faculty taking aim during the most recent INNOVATE-O-thon at improving energy efficiency at the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University.


Faculty members hired through different focus areas of the Ohio State’s Discovery Themes Initiative joined nearly 50 students from across colleges to try their hands in helping shape the future of energy consumption at the land-grant university.


The students’ challenge: Develop a strategy to inspire nearly 60,000 students at the 485-building campus to alter their day-to-day, energy-use habits and, ultimately, push the Columbus campus toward its lofty goal to improve energy efficiency by at least 25 percent over 10 years.


“INNOVATE-O-thon, I’ve done it twice in the past, and it’s always kind of fun to interact with people from different backgrounds,” said Muhammad Shao, a major in mechanical engineering. “It’s good to hear different perspectives. I’ve realized, from the past, that design majors are just as important as engineering majors.”


The students’ strategies were pitched to a panel of representatives from ENGIE, which makes up half of a joint venture with Axium Infrastructure called Ohio State Energy Partners, responsible for the operation and maintenance of the central utility systems that heat, cool and power the Columbus campus.


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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