2017 OSU Materials Week in Review

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The 2017 OSU Materials Week conference had a record attendance of 376 researchers, staff and students, and successfully celebrated Ohio State’s materials community over four days.  Our keynote address, two Cross Cutting sessions, six Focus Sessions, Three Minute Thesis competition, and two student poster sessions provided many opportunities for faculty, technical staff, and students to share their work in the full spectrum of materials-allied research.

 

Our closing session included a pizza lunch, and a variety of awards were given, including student poster awards and the winners of the Three Minute Thesis competition.  All awards are listed below:

 

Three Minute Thesis Competition Awards

Winner:  Matthew Souva, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Runners Up (tie): Xinpeng Du, Materials Science and Engineering; Xianjie (Tony) Ren, Food Agricultural & Biological Engineering

People’s Choice: Silvia Duarte-Sanmiguel, Biomedical Engineering

The winners of our Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition: Silvia Duarte-Sanmiguel, Biomedical Engineering (People’s Choice Award); Xinpeng Du, Materials Science and Engineering and Xianjie (Tony) Ren, Food Agricultural & Biological Engineering (Runners Up); and Matthew Souva, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (3MT Winner)

Student Poster Award Winners

This year we had a total of 114 posters registered with 107 eligible to be judged. We had a record number of posters tied for the highest scores and are pleased to award a total of 22 Student Poster Awards.  Each recipient received a plaque and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

 

  • Saurabh  Ailawar, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Advisor: Umit S. Ozkan
  • Ehsan Akbari, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Advisor: Jonathan Song
  • Alex Avendano, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Advisor: Jonathan Song
  • Shelby Behnke, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Advisor: Hannah Shafaat
  • Anne Benjamin, Physics; Advisor: Jay Gupta
  • Ryan Buntain, Materials Science and Engineering (Welding Engineering); Advisor: Boian Alexandrov
  • Julia Deitz, Materials Science and Engineering; Advisors: Tyler Grassman, David McComb
  • Bryan Esser, Materials Science and Engineering; Advisor: David McComb
  • Kevin Galiano, Physics; Advisor: Jonathan Pelz
  • Jared Johnson, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Advisor: Carlos Castro
  • Kelly Luo, Physics; Advisor: Roland Kawakami
  • Alexander Marras, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Advisor: Carlos Castro
  • Brendan McCullian, Physics; Advisor: Chris Hammel
  • Brenton Noesges, Physics; Advisor: Len Brillson
  • Xianjie Ren, Food Agricultural & Biological Engineering; Advisor: Katrina Cornish
  • Jeffrey Slater, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Advisor: Hannah S. Shafaat
  • Jeff Stewart, Materials Science and Engineering (Welding Engineering); Advisor: Boian Alexandrov
  • Steven Tjung, Physics; Advisor: Jay Gupta
  • Ramandeep Vilkhu, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Advisor: Asimina Kiourti
  • Mariah Whitaker, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Advisor: Nicholas Brunelli
  • Hao Yang, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Advisor: Wu Lu
  • David Yeung, Biomedical Engineering; Advisor: Gunjan Agarwal

Winners of the 2017 Student Poster Awards

 

IMR Member Awards

2017 Most Citations Award, to the IMR member with the most citations of their publications between 2014-2016: Bharat Bhushan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

2017 IMR Innovation Award – Most Invention Disclosures Filed: Nicholas Brunelli, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Daniel Gallego-Perez, General Surgery and Biomedical Engineering; W.S. Winston Ho, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

2017 IMR Innovation Award – Most Patents Filed: Liang-Shih Fan, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

2017 IMR Innovation Award winners – Prof. Nicholas Brunelli, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Prof. Daniel Gallego-Perez, General Surgery and Biomedical Engineering

 

IMR Staff Awards

Dr. John Carlin receives the 2017 IMR Distinguished Service Award from Executive Director Steve Ringel

2017 IMR Distinguished Service Award – recognizes sustained outstanding performance in support of IMR’s mission and university core values, going above and beyond their duties in the areas of outstanding service, exemplary service to students and outstanding support of research activities– Dr. John Carlin, Associate Director, Nanotech West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Duct Tape Award, for being able to fix just about anything: Michael A. Chilcote, Physics and Nanosystems Laboratory

2017 Night Owl Award, for keeping the most late hours: Kari Roth, Institute for Materials Research

2017 Swiss Army Knife Award, for being indispensable: Peter Janney, Nanotech West Laboratory

Layla Manganaro receives the Career Achievement Award from Executive Director Steve Ringel

2017 First Responder Award, for always being ready to go when needed: Jay DeLombard, Nanotech West Laboratory

2017 Above and Beyond Awards – recognizes outstanding performance in a singular event within the past year in support of IMR’s mission and university core values, going above and beyond their duties in the areas of outstanding service, exemplary service to students and outstanding support of research activities: Kari Roth, Institute for Materials Research; Aimee Price, Nanotech West Laboratory; Ashley Swartz, Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis

 

Career Achievement Award – Layla Manganaro, Program Manager, Institute for Materials Research

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoyed 2017 OSU Materials Week and will join us in 2018 for our 10th annual conference!

2017 OSU Materials Week is hosted by the Institute for Materials Research and its Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) program. We are grateful for generous support from the Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Office of Energy and Environment.

 

2017 OSU Materials Week – Thursday Recap

2017 OSU Materials Week continued Thursday with a full day of technical sessions followed by our second student poster session.  The morning’s Cross Cutting Session featured four faculty recently hired through IMR’s Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) program.  The technical program continued in the afternoon with Focus Sessions on Integrated Design of Materials and Innovations in Advanced Microscopy. The second student poster sessions took place tonight, with over 50 Ohio State students presenting their research.

  

 

The conference continues tomorrow, with two Focus Sessions on Nanoengineered Materials for Medical Applications and Wide Bandgap Semiconductors from 9AM – 12:45, followed by our closing and pizza lunch, where a variety of awards will be given including student poster awards and the winners of the Three Minute Thesis competition.

The full agenda is available online. On-site registration is available.

 

2017 OSU Materials Week is hosted by the Institute for Materials Research and its Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) program. We are grateful for generous support from the Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Office of Energy and Environment.

2017 OSU Materials Week – Wednesday Recap

Wednesday was the first full day of the 2017 OSU Materials Week conference.  The morning’s Cross Cutting Session featured five faculty recently hired through IMR’s Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) program.  The technical program continued in the afternoon with Focus Sessions on Materials Innovation and Materials and Nanostructures for Magnetic Skyrmions. The first of two student poster sessions took place tonight, with over 50 Ohio State students presenting their research.

 

     

The conference continues tomorrow, with the additional four new M&MS faculty presenting at Thursday’s Cross Cutting session, beginning at 9AM; Focus Sessions on Integrated Design of Materials and Innovations in Advanced Microscopy from 1-5PM, and our second student poster session from 5-7PM.

 

Materials Week continues through Friday. The full agenda is available online. On-site registration is available.

 

 

2017 OSU Materials Week is hosted by the Institute for Materials Research and its Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) program. We are grateful for generous support from the Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Office of Energy and Environment.

2017 OSU Materials Week – Tuesday Recap

Ohio State’s Senior Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre opens Materials Week’s welcome event

2017 OSU Materials Week had a great start Tuesday afternoon, with a full schedule of activities geared to our materials community. Our welcome event began with introductions by IMR Executive Director Steve Ringel and Senior Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre. IMR staff then surprised Dr. Ringel with a video looking back over IMR’s first ten years and its future directions.

 

 

Keynote speaker Ayodhya Tiwari with a sample of Flisom’s flexible solar cells

The IMR Keynote Address, “Solar Electricity: Advancements and Opportunities with Innovative Emerging Technologies” was given by Ayodhya Tiwari, Head of the Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics at Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology and Professor at ETH Zurich.  Tiwari is also the founder and Chairman of Flisom Ltd., a company he created with his doctoral students after achieving world record efficiency in photovoltaic devices developed in his research lab.  Tiwari’s address reviewed the need for efficient yet affordable solar energy systems and the challenges in design and functionality of solar cells, and he demonstrated the flexible solar modules produced by Flisom today.

 

 

Six Ohio State Masters and PhD student finalists took part in the Three Minute Thesis competition Tuesday afternoon.

After a brief welcome reception, the crowd reconvened to attend the finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, where six Masters and PhD students were challenged to explain their research in less than three minutes to a general audience. The 3MT® competition is new to Materials Week, and gives graduate students the opportunity to practice the important skill of communicating their scientific work to a non-technical audience. The four judges were marketing and communications professionals from throughout the university, and the 3MT® winners will be announced at our Materials Week closing and poster awards session at 12:45 on Friday.

 

 

Materials Week continues through Friday. The full agenda is available online. On-site registration is available.

 

 

2017 OSU Materials Week is hosted by the Institute for Materials Research and its Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) program. We are grateful for generous support from the Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the Office of Energy and Environment.

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: https://www.wsj.com/articles/making-tire-filler-from-eggshells-1489093113

US News & World Report: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-03-09/incorporating-food-waste-into-tires-may-sustain-industry-long-term

How Stuff Works: http://now.howstuffworks.com/2017/03/10/food-waste-wheels-researchers-turn-tomatoes-tires

Yahoo! News: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/tires-made-eggshells-tomato-skins-081804297.html