13 New IMR Facility Grants Awarded

ORISadmin Awards, IMR Grants

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.