IMR Annual Report Now Online

The Ohio State University Institute for Materials Research Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report is now available online. This report – covering Ohio State’s fiscal year period of July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015 – features highlights of the OSU materials community and IMR’s activities over the last year.

From the Discovery Themes Initiative to advanced manufacturing, core materials facilities to the 2015 Materials Week conference, take a look inside for the best of our materials community and the many exciting advancements we are taking as we rise to eminence.

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For additional copies of this report, questions about its content, or to provide content for future reports, contact Layla Manganaro, IMR Program Manager, at manganaro.4@osu.edu or 614-247-4685.

 

 

13 New IMR Facility Grants Awarded

From battery cathodes to skymirons and nuclear fuel containers, this latest round of IMR Facility Grants truly shows the broad range of materials research taking place at Ohio State.

 

In July 2015, 13 new Facility Grant research projects were awarded by the IMR for a total investment of $26,000 in nascent materials research. The thirteen projects support faculty researchers from four different departments within the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences.

 

Please join us in congratulating these 13 research teams awarded IMR Facility Grants in July. For the full award announcement, including abstracts for all funded projects, visit: http://imr.osu.edu/files/2009/04/Spring-2015-IMR-Facility-Grants-Awards.pdf

 

  • Multiscale Characterization of Degradation Mechanism in LiFePO4 Battery Cathodes with Prolonged Electrochemical Cycling – Marcello Canova, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Collaborators: Frank Scheltens and Robert Williams, Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis
  • Intrinsic Radiation Detection Characteristics of Gallium Nitride – Lei Cao, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Nanoparticle Actuators for DNA Nanomachines – Carlos Castro, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Co-PI: Jessica Winter, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Nanoscale Structure and Dynamics of Supercooled Glass Forming Liquids – Jinwoo Hwang, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Development and Characterization of Novel Ferromagnetic Transition Metal Dichalcogenides Grown through Chemical Vapor Deposition – Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Physics
  • High-Resolution Valence-Loss EELS Mapping of Oxide Nano-heterostructure Interfaces – Patricia Morris, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Novel Plasma Synthesis of Heteroatom Doped Carbon Nanostructures for Highly Active Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalysts for PEM Fuel Cells – Umit Ozkan, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Co-PI: Nicholas Brunelli, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Dissimilar Materials Joints Exploration through TKD and Nanoidentation – Antonio Ramirez, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-I: Boian Alexandrov, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Imaging Skyrmions in Low-Dimensional Chiral Magnets with Image-Corrected Lorentz Microscopy – Mohit Randeria, Physics; Co-I: Robert Williams, Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis
  • Quantification of 3-D Extracellular Matrix Fiber Remodeling in a Microphysiological Model of Tumor Stroma Activation – Jonathan Song, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Spin Excitations Coupling with THz Metamaterials – Rolando Valdes Aguilar, Physics
  • Study on Mechanistic Understanding of the Environmental Damage in a Ni-based Turbine Disk Alloy – Gopal Viswanathan, Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis
  • Microstructure and Pitting Corrosion Resistance of Used Nuclear Fuel Welded Stainless Steel 304 Canisters – Jinsuo Zhang, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

 


 

IMR Facility Grants provide $2,000 to assist OSU faculty with facility user access fees and related minor charges associated with conducting innovative materials-allied research.  The IMR typically offers two rounds of IMR Facility Grants each fiscal year, with deadlines in the fall and spring.

Information about IMR Facility Grants and lists of all past awards are available on IMR’s website.  Keep an eye out for the 2015-2016 academic/fiscal year Request for Proposals, coming soon.

 

2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program – RFP Now Available

2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program – Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the 2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP), which is open to The Ohio State University (OSU) materials community. This enhanced seed program leverages resources and best practices of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR). The result is a unified RFP with Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding excellence in materials research of varying scopes.

 

The two Funding Tiers of the 2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program are:

  1. Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants, which provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI and one Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities.
  1. Exploratory Materials Research Grants, which provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

Deadlines:

Letters of Intent:  Monday, December 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Full Proposals: Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM

For full details and instructions, as well as listings of all past award winners, visit: http://imr.osu.edu/research/programs/osu-materials-research-seed-grant-program/

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The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program is jointly funded and administered by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

 

IMR Awards Spring 2014 Facility Grants

The OSU Institute for Materials Research awarded eleven new research projects in June, for a total investment of $22,000 in nascent materials research. The eleven projects support faculty researchers from eight different departments within the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

 

Abstracts for each award are available on IMR’s website here.

 

About IMR Facility Grants

IMR Facility Grants provide $2,000 to assist OSU faculty with facility user access fees and related minor charges associated with conducting innovative materials-allied research.  The IMR typically offers two rounds of IMR Facility Grants each fiscal year, with deadlines in the fall and spring. The FY 2015 Request for Proposals will be released later this summer.   For more information about IMR Facility Grants, including listings of all past awards, visit the Facility Grants page of our website.

 

 Spring 2014 IMR Facility Grants Awards

  • Laser‐Material Interaction of Nano‐patterned Ceramic Surfaces, Sheikh Akbar, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Investigator: Enam Chowdhury, Physics
  • PDMS Honeycomb Templates to Probe the Force Footprint and Stiffness of Cells, Peter Anderson, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Investigators: Jianjun Guan, Materials Science and Engineering; Heather Powell, Materials Science and Engineering; Gunjan Agarwal, Biomedical Engineering
  • Probing the Aging Effects of Nanomechanical Properties of Thin-Film LiFePO4 Li-Ion Batteries, Bharat Bhushan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Selective Conversion of Methane to Methanol through Synthesizing Uniform Catalytic Sites, Nicholas Brunelli, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Relationship of Rubber Particle Composition and Structure to Material Properties, Katrina Cornish, Horticulture and Crop Sciences and Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • The First Solution-Phase Synthesis of Metal Carbide Materials, Joshua Goldberger, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Single Cell Sampling in Single Cell Culture Wells Using Microdroplets, Derek Hansford, Biomedical Engineering
  • Computationally Enhanced Electron Backscatter Diffraction Framework for Mesoscale Exploration, Stephen Niezgoda, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Biomaterials for the Efficient Production of Hydrogen Gas from Water: Towards Solar Fuels, Hannah Shafaat, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Integrated Shear Force-Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy Nanoelectrodes for Imaging Soft Electrochemical Materials and Surfaces, Vishnu Sundaresan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Co-Investigator: Venkat Gopalan, Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

Fall 2013 IMR Facility Grants Awarded

Ten new research projects were awarded by the IMR in December 2013, for a total investment of $20,000 in nascent materials research.  The ten projects support faculty researchers from seven different departments within the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Medicine, and College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

IMR Facility Grants provide $2,000 to assist OSU faculty with facility user access fees and related minor charges associated with conducting innovative materials-allied research. The next deadline for Facility Grant proposals is Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM for Facility Grants with an anticipated project start date of July 1, 2014.  For the RFP with full instructions and the abstracts for these ten new projects, visit: http://imr.osu.edu/research/programs/facility-grants/

 

Congratulations to these researchers on their new awards:

  •  Collagen Ultrastructure by AFM, Gunjan Agarwal, Biomedical Engineering
  • Nano-Textured Biomaterials for Enhanced Stem Cell Adhesion and Growth, Sheikh Akbar, Material Science and Engineering; Co-Investigator: Mahmood Khan, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Identifying Nucleation Species for Microporous Materials, Nicholas Brunelli, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Electroactive Thin Films for Energy Storage, Anne Co, Chemistry
  • Electrospinning Natural Rubber and Plastic Polymer Blends for the Creation of Nanofibers, Katrina Cornish, Horticulture and Crop Science
  • Phase-Change Materials (PCMs) for Millimeter-Wave and Terahertz Reconfigurable Devices, Nima Ghalichechian, ElectroScience Laboratory/Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Development of Electron Channeling Contrast Imaging, Tyler Grassman, Materials Science and Engineering
  • A Multifunctional Scaffold System for Periodontal Tissue Regeneration, Jianjun Guan, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Interfacing Cells with Nitride Semiconductors, Wu Lu, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • The Self-Assembly of Nanostructured Redox Gradients for Light Harvesting, Jon Parquette, Chemistry