Innovations in Materials Research Newsletter – Winter 2017 Issue

The Winter 2017 issue of Innovations in Materials Research, the biannual newsletter of the OSU Institute for Materials Research, is now available online!

Winter 2017 newsletter cover

The latest issue of our biannual newsletter is now available online and in print. Features include stories about two student design challenges IMR has coordinated, two new Global Partnership Grants supporting OSU-India partnerships, advances in energy research that began at our SEAL facility, and four new faces at IMR who are helping us grow and expand our programs and impact in materials research.

 

Features

  • Global Partnership Grants Fund Ohio State/IIT Bombay Research Collaborations
  • Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Theme Updates: Materials Innovation Lab Design Challenge, ENGR 2367 Experiential Learning Model Includes Industry Partnerships
  • Research Highlight: Innovative Energy Research Advances Have Origins at SEAL
  • New Faces at IMR Helping Build Its Future
  • Ohio State’s Newest Materials Lab: CCIC-NMR Facility
  • 2016 OSU Materials Week Recap

 

With regular updates from:

  • Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), Ohio State’s NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
  • Core campus materials facilities
  • IMR Member News

 

Download the Winter 2017 Innovations in Materials Research

 


About Innovations in Materials Research

Innovations in Materials Research is IMR’s biannual newsletter (formerly IMR Quarterly) featuring technical articles highlighting OSU research, updates on research funded by IMR grants, facility updates, recently awarded grants, and other materials research news.

To receive the newsletter by mail or to make suggestions for future articles please contact Layla Manganaro at manganaro.4@osu.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

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 

CEMAS Digital Theater Renamed OSU-FEI Electron Microscopy Collaboratory

The Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS) hosted an event on Monday, June 13th, to dedicate and thank FEI Company for their continued support in developing the new digital learning environment. The digital theater is an electron microscopy training feature unique to CEMAS and the cornerstone of the facility’s commitment to providing full-service microscopy services to business and academia.

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CEMAS Director David McComb, Vice President of FEI Company Materials Science Business Unit Trisha Rice, and CEO of FEI Company Don Kania with the plaque dedicating the digital theater

This digital environment, now named the Ohio State – FEI Electron Microscopy Collaboratory, reflects the efforts of CEMAS and FEI Company to expand the accessibility of electron microscopy to students, researchers, and industrial partners. During this event, a plaque celebrating FEI Company’s contributions to this collaboratory was unveiled, which is now permanently placed within the Electron Microscopy Collaboratory. Opening remarks were given by Ohio State’s Vice President for Research, Caroline Whitacre;  Dean of the College of Engineering, David Williams; the CEO of FEI Company, Don Kania; and the Director of CEMAS, David McComb.

 

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About the OSU-FEI Electron Microscopy Colalboratory

World-class microscopy education in the theory of electron microscopy and all aspects of its use and operation is also available at CEMAS, both in-house and remotely, through our digital theater. Students have live access to CEMAS instruments in real time within a state-of-the-art classroom environment to meet every microscopy training need. Video wall technology provides multiple display screens and projectors, allowing simultaneous display of microscope controls, microscope outputs and lecture slides. Students and lecturers can interact with and operate electron and ion microscopes from within the digital theater in a live, seamless manner – as if one were sitting in front of the instrument. Control of the microscope can be transferred to members of the audience using wired and wireless connectivity.
The microscopes can also be shared with students and researchers at geographically distant locations. Remote operation capabilities connect directly to the 100 Gb/s Ohio OARnet network, providing a unique opportunity for remote teaching and research to partners across the state of Ohio. CEMAS is pioneering the practical application of this
technology for research and training of the next generation of electron microscopy specialists, providing an environment to facilitate world-class collaborative research, and maximizing productivity while minimizing economic and environmental impact. This remote electron microscopy collaboratory system has been installed at the University of Dayton,
The Ohio State University’s Wooster campus and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Dayton), with additional locations planned for the near future.

 

 

For more information about the collaboratory, CEMAS, and its services, visit:

https://cemas.osu.edu/

IMR Awards 5 New Facility Grants

Spring 2016 IMR Facility Grants Awards

Five new research projects were awarded by the IMR for a total investment of $10,000 in nascent materials research.  The five projects support eight researchers from four different departments within the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences.

 

 

This seed funding will begin July 1, 2016.  Congratulations to the research teams awarded IMR Facility Grants in this last round of competitive funding!

 

 

Visit our Facility Grants page to read the abstracts for these and all past funded projects.

 

 

Developing Nonlinear MEMSHanna Cho, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 

 

A Correlative Study of the Skyrmion Phase Diagram for FeGe Thin Films, Sarah Dunsiger, Physics and Center for Emergent Materials; Co-Investigator: Robert Williams, Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis

 

 

Atomic Scale Chemical Ordering and Structural Distortion in High Entropy Alloys, Maryam Ghazisaeidi, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Investigator: Jinwoo Hwang, Materials Science and Engineering

 

 

Quantifying cell-matrix remodeling during angiogenesis in a microfluidic vessel bifurcation system, Jonathan Song, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Co-Investigator: Shaurya Prakash, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 

 

Selective Electrohydrodynamic Deposition (SED) for Creating 3D Hybrid Microstructures, Yi Zhao, Biomedical Engineering

 

IMR Members of Technical Staff Welcome Industry Colleagues

IMR Members of Technical Staff recently welcomed colleagues from Worthington Industries to three of Ohio State’s core materials research facilities.  During a recent busy afternoon,  Mark Brenner (at the Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Laboratory – SEAL), Henk Colijn (at the Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis – CEMAS) and Dr. John Carlin and other Nanotech West Laboratory staff provided tours of their facilities and spoke with colleagues from Worthington Industries to assist their efforts to understand end user markets.
Brenner SEAL Worthington Ind  Colijn CEMAS Worthington Ind 2

 

In addition to managing labs, conducting research and collaborating with other scientists, our Members of Technical Staff often conduct custom facility tours for industry colleagues, visiting researchers, and Ohio State classes.

Brenner SEAL Worthington Ind 2  Colijn CEMAS Worthington Ind 1

IMR Members of Technical Staff (MTS) are highly skilled technical experts, research engineers and scientists assigned to select research facilities on OSU’s Columbus campus as part of our research enhancement efforts.

Their primary function is to enable world-class research within our core, multi-user facilities.  Their responsibilities include maintaining facilities at peak operating conditions, coordinating between materials user facilities across campus, enabling facility access, providing training and generally being available to assist and, in certain cases, lead research programs.

IMR Members of Technical Staff are a major part of the fabric that enables cross-disciplinary research,  enabling access to researchers not only from Ohio State but also from outside the university.  In addition to dealing with all aspects of maintaining complex instrumentation, including scheduling, data management and financial responsibilities, MTS employees are encouraged to develop research programs and contracts depending upon their own level of expertise and education.