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The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) works to bring together the diverse and wide-ranging disciplines that make up the Ohio State materials community. IMR supports, promotes and facilitates research and infrastructure related to the science, technology and engineering of materials.
Please consider supporting the Institute for Materials Research Development Fund, which aids our goal to support and grow research excellence and impact to position Ohio State as a world leader in materials research and innovation.
We are an interdisciplinary institution. We reach across departments and colleges to connect university resources with each other, industry and other external partners to grow and strengthen the university’s research enterprise and spur innovation. IMR enables long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships between industry, students, faculty and staff. IMR has worked since its inception in 2006 to foster a collaborative ecosystem at Ohio State, with a community of more than 250 faculty members from 35 departments in 10 colleges.
Research Funding and Support
IMR supports materials-allied research at Ohio State through multiple grant programs and grant proposal development resources. These enable investigators to advance collaborative, consequential research. In fiscal year 2018, we funded $231,000 in seed grants to support and advance innovative research, from basic science to applications.
IMR operates and supports a diverse collection of shared research facilities at Ohio State. Each lab is fully staffed and open to our materials community and industry partners.
We also invest in the materials community through targeted workshops and conferences. Each year, IMR hosts OSU Materials Week, a multi-day event showcasing materials-allied research at Ohio State and from around the world.
Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability
IMR also operates the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability (M&MS) focus area of the Discovery Themes initiative. This focus enables faculty, research staff and students at Ohio State to focus on translational research and innovation in technology, science and manufacturing, as they apply to future energy systems and sustainability.
Nearly two dozen faculty members have joined Ohio State through M&MS, amplifying the impact of education and research at the university to the clear benefit of our students, academic and industry partners and the state of Ohio.
The impactful work of M&MS faculty has earned funding awards ranging from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing Embodied-energy and Decreasing Emissions.
M&MS stimulates engagement with a myriad of companies and develops various workshops and programs with universities and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Collaborations have been fostered through the IMR student externship program INNOVATE-O-thon with Honda R&D Americas Inc., Greif Inc., the Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State Energy Partners—ENGIE.