IMR awards 8 projects in Spring 2022 round of Kickstart Facility Grants

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The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) announced $20,000 in funding to eight projects at The Ohio State University through the Spring 2022 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 including Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.


Learn more about IMR’s Kickstart Facility Grant Program here.

Projects awarded in Spring 2022:


Mechanism of Environmentally Assisted Hydrogen Stress Cracking in Welds of Advanced Alloys

Abbas Mohammadi, Postdoctoral Researcher in Materials Science and Engineering (Welding Engineering Program)


Cathodoluminescence studies of defects in Hexagonal-and Cubic-Boron Nitride

Shamsul Arafin, Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering


4D Multi-functional Architected Structures and Materials using Non-contact Actuationutilizing Microwaves and Magnetic fields

Alok Sutradhar, Assistant Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Design of enzyme-mediate interface for quantification of neuronal chemicals

Jinghua Li, Assistant Professor in Materials Science and Engineering


Evaluation of Materials for Corneal Bioprinting

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences


Specific targeting of bacterial biofilm contamination of implanted devices using a novel peptide probe

Landon Locke, Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering


Development of micro crystal electron diffraction (micro-ED) as routine technique for structure determination of organometallic functional materials like [Cu2II-bis-μ-NO−]2+at CEMAS

Nicole Hoefer, Postdoctoral Researcher in  Materials Science and Engineering; Center for Electron Microscopy and AnalysiS (CEMAS)


Assessment of resins for optimizing biological sample preparation for electron microscopy

Sarah Mikula, Laboratory Supervisor in Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS)