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.

 

Nanotech West Achieves Green Buckeye Certification

Nanotech West Laboratory recently became the first user facility to achieve Green Buckeye Certification through a process initiated by Aimee Price, Senior Research Associate. Price is a member of the University Energy Committee, a group with representation from throughout campus that reviews and provides recommendations for best practices of campus facility management related to energy. It is through this committee that she first learned of the Green Buckeye Certification efforts on campus, modeled after similar national programs. The intent of the Green Buckeye Certification (GBC) program is to inform and encourage implementation of best practices to improve the sustainability performance of campus offices and laboratories.

Steffen Price Green Buckeye

Paul Steffen and Aimee Price with Nanotech West Lab’s Green Buckeye certificate

 

As part of the Green Buckeye Certification process, Price and Nanotech West Lab Manager Paul Steffen used the initial application checklist as a tool to evaluate the energy and sustainability of Nanotech West’s facilities and activities. They were able to quickly identify a few areas of improvement where quick changes could be implemented, such as providing recycling bins in the lab’s sink areas so empty bottles of acids that were previously thrown in the trash could be recycled.

 

After implementing some improvements and completing the detailed questionnaire, Price and Steffen met with Green Buckeye Certification representatives and toured the labs with them before being awarded the certification. The certification process helped lab staff consider their daily practices and energy impacts. “Our staff now think about minimizing the use of items and wasting fewer materials,” explained Price. The next challenge is to extend that sustainable thinking to the lab’s many users, encouraging them to make some changes to their practices in the lab, such as using less solvents, which would reduce waste and expenses.

 

Some simple yet impactful changes Nanotech West Labs made as part of the Green Buckeye Certification process:

  • Reduced number of freezers from two to one
  • Added recycling containers to labs
  • Requested electronic versions of catalogs and journals
  • Asking vendors if they accept returned empty packaging
  • Communicating with users through meetings, signs, and stickers about the importance of sustainability in the lab and using less solvents and other materials
  • Returning some packing materials to local shipping companies for re-use

 

This certification process was not Price’s first sustainability effort with Ohio State. Price’s family farm is a key player in the Zero Waste initiative at Ohio Stadium to achieve zero waste by 2025 by diverting 90% of waste away from landfills. After each home game, Price Farms Organics collects compostable materials from the stadium’s kitchens, food vendors, and suites composts it on their Delaware farm, and about two years later returns the “Stadium Scarlet” compost to campus for use in the planters around Ohio Stadium.

 

Nanotech West is the only user facility certified at this time and currently is one of only nine Green Buckeye Certified Laboratories on campus – the other being six College of Public Health labs in Cunz Hall, the Lerch Lab in the Biomedical Research Tower, and the Sadee Lab in Graves Hall. With over 3,000 laboratories at The Ohio State University, there is a great opportunity for progress to be made in increasing sustainability efforts in campus research environments.

 

“This is a beginning,” says Price. “It’s an ongoing process, and we have identified areas of opportunity and we’ll continue to work our way through that list of opportunities.” Price said Nanotech West staff continue to work with the Green Buckeye team to identify ways to adapt the current lab questionnaire, making it more universal to better evaluate a broader range of labs and their equipment and uses.

For more information on the Green Buckeye Certification process for campus offices and laboratories, visit: http://footprint.osu.edu/gbc.html

 

 

 

IMR Awards 6 New Facility Grants

Six new research projects were awarded by The Ohio State University Institute for Materials Research in January 2016, for a total investment of $12,000 in nascent materials research. The six projects support eleven faculty researchers from five different departments within the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Medicine.

Please join us in congratulating these six research teams awarded IMR Facility Grants in January. For the full award announcement, including abstracts for all funded projects, visit: http://imr.osu.edu/files/2016/02/Winter-2016-IMR-Facility-Grants-Awarded.pdf

  • Analytical TEM for Physiological vs. Pathological Iron Core, Gunjan Agarwal, Biomedical Engineering; Co-Investigators: David McComb, Materials Science and Engineering; Dana McTigue, Neuroscience
  • LIPSS and SIPSS: Novel Surface Patterning Processes for Materials, Sheikh Akbar, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Investigator: Enam Chowdhury, Physics
  • A Micro/Nanofabricated Platform for Enhanced Gene Delivery: Applications in Cell-based Therapies, Daniel Gallego Perez, Surgery; Co-Investigator: Savita Khanna, Surgery
  • Development of Photonic Crystals for the Investigation of Magneto-Optical Properties in 2D Materials, Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Physics
  • Quantification of the Effect of Active Beta Phase Grain Boundary Coverage on Fatigue in Simulated Marine Environments, Jenifer S. Locke, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Sample Fabrication for BEEM Studies of Contacts to 2D Materials, Jonathan Pelz, Physics; Co-Investigator: Roland Kawakami, Physics

 

For more information about IMR Facility Grants, including all past awards and current Request for Proposals, visit: http://imr.osu.edu/research/programs/facility-grants/

 

Innovations in Materials Research – Fall 2015 Issue Now Available

The Fall 2015 issue of Innovations in Materials Research, the biannual newsletter of the OSU Institute for Materials Research, is now available online!

Features

  • Faculty Spotlight: Rafael Bruschweiler, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Ohio State’s Newest Materials Lab: CCIC-NMR Facility
  • Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) Discovery Theme: M&MS Welcomes First Faculty Hires, Brundtland Sustainability Visit
  • OSSIP Elevates Sensor and Semiconductor R&D in Ohio
  • 2015 OSU Materials Week Celebrates Materials Innovations

 

With regular updates from:

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

 

Download the Fall 2015 Innovations in Materials Research newsletter


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.

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