IMR announces Spring 2021 Kickstart Facility Grant awardees

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The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) announced $22,500 in funding to nine projects at The Ohio State University through the Spring 2021 round if its Kickstart Facility Grant Program.


Kickstart Facility Grants are awarded biannually to make shared research facilities at Ohio State more accessible to faculty and staff conducting innovative materials-allied research. Funding helps offset costs of user and access fees, as well as other charges associated with research facilities. Awarded projects are listed below.


Awarded projects will be led by principal investigators in backgrounds ranging from Ohio State’s Welding Engineering Program to Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.


“Our Kickstart Facility Grant Program continues to help faculty access Ohio State’s world-class research facilities, now in its 14th year.  However, perhaps in no other time has this been more important as we are ramping out of COVID toward what is likely a period of major growth in terms of both publications and proposal development,” said IMR executive director Steven Ringel, Distinguished University Professor, Neal A. Smith Chair Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Associate Vice President for Research.


IMR offers grant eligibility to non-tenured faculty (regular and research), with special consideration given to new faculty within five years of appointment; or senior research staff with Principal Investigator status at Ohio State.


Kickstart Facility Grants are an excellent training opportunity for post-candidacy graduate students, fellows, and postdoctoral fellows to co-author proposals, and faculty are encouraged to engage their students and staff in their proposal development.


Projects awarded in Spring 2021:


“Effect of Multiple Reheat Induced Carbide Precipitation on Mechanical Properties and Service Performance of Advanced Alloys”

Boian Alexandrov, Materials Science and Engineering (Welding Engineering Program)


“Structural and Optical Characterizations of Cubic Boron Nitride: A Material with Extreme Properties”

Shamsul Arafin, Electrical and Computer Engineering


“Design of Optimal Interconnection Schemes and 3D Curvature Compatibility for Vehicle Integrated Photovoltaic Modules”

Ardeshir Contractor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


“Ultra-Low Loss Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy at CEMAS”

Tyler Grassman, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering


“Development of micro crystal electron diffraction (micro-ED) as routine technique for structure determination of materials like metal organic frameworks (MOFs) at CEMAS”

Nicole Hoefer, Materials Science and Engineering


“Cross‐Sensitivity of Ion‐Selective Biosensor Arrays in Multiple‐Cation Solution”

Jinghua Li, Materials Science and Engineering


“Enabling 3D Corrosion Morphology Quantification using MicroCT”

Jenifer Locke, Materials Science and Engineering


“3D characterization of defects in AM builds using x-ray micro computed tomography”

Sriram Vijayan, Materials Science and Engineering


“Design of Low-Cost Thermoelectric Materials Based on MXene Composites”

Xiaoguang (William) Wang, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Contact IMR’s administrator and grants developer, Joanna Gardner at with any questions about the Kickstart Grant Facility Program or information about becoming an IMR faculty member.


Story by Mike Huson, IMR Communications Coordinator


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