The IIT Bombay-Ohio State Frontier Science and Engineering Research Center welcomed its newest cohort of researchers from around the globe during a May kick-off event for projects receiving funding through this year’s round of Frontier Center Research Scholar Grants.
In April, eight collaborative research teams received more than $200,000 in funding from the Frontier Center, a joint research center operated by the Institute for Materials Research and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay that builds on both institutions’ research strengths in materials and their applications to systems.
Principal investigators and graduate students from Ohio State and IIT Bombay presented during the webinar, giving teams in the growing Frontier Scholar community an opportunity to learn of each other’s established foci and research goals.
The Frontier Center focuses its support in areas of strength and strategic growth, with initially supported research focusing on renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, electronics, photonics, and emergent materials. This year’s Frontier Center Scholar awards include projects in all of these areas.
Teams set to receive the total of $208,412 in funding bring together investigators with complementary expertise from India and the U.S. to enable unique projects that push the frontier of science and engineering research beyond what could be accomplished by a single institution.
Each supported project under the Frontier Center Scholars Program is carried out by a team that includes a pair of principal investigators, one from Ohio State and one from IIT Bombay, to enable unique projects that push the frontier of science and engineering research beyond what could be accomplished by a single institution. Additionally, a graduate student, or Frontier Scholar, from one of the partnering institutions spends approximately one semester visiting the host institution to complete the research project.
“I’m thrilled at the diverse strength of this year’s proposals and funded awards,” said Prof. Ardeshir Contractor, professor of practice in Ohio State’s Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Fisher College of Business, and Frontier Center co-leader. “Even within our targeted areas, we are seeing a range of ideas brought to the table that will increase the reach and impact of this collaboration.”
2021 Frontier Center Scholar Projects
Design Control and Implementation of Medium Voltage Modular Converter Using Si and SiC Devices
Principal investigators: Jin Wang (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ohio State) and Anshuman Shukla (Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay)
Frontier Center Scholars: Rajat Shahane and Satish Shamsundar Belkholde (IIT Bombay)
Development of Robust Catalysts for Sustainable H2 Evolution
Principal investigators: Hannah Shafaat (Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio State) and Arnab Dutta (Chemistry, IIT Bombay)
Frontier Center Scholar: Abhishek Saini (IIT Bombay)
Development of Robust System Designs for Maximizing the Energy Yield of Space – Efficient Photovoltaic Systems
Principal investigators: Navni Verma and Sandip Mazumder (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) and Narendra Shiradkar (Electrical Engineering)
Frontier Center Scholar: Karan Rane (IIT Bombay)
Enabling SiC based Power Converters: Gate Drivers to AI-enhanced System Design
Principal investigators: Anant Agarwal (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ohio State), and Sandeep Anand and Swaroop Ganguly (Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay)
Frontier Center Scholars: Aditya Aman and Sudipta Mukherjee (IIT Bombay)
Facile synthesis of BaZrS3 nanoparticles absorber material for photovoltaic application
Principal investigators: Patrick Woodward (Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio State) and K. R. Balasubramaniam (Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay)
Frontier Center Scholar: Shubhankar Mishra (IIT Bombay)
Hybrid Organic-inorganic Metal Halide Based Perovskite Infrared Detectors and its Application in Imaging
Principal investigators: Sanjay Krishna (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ohio State) and Dinesh Kabra (Physics, IIT Bombay)
Frontier Center Scholar: Bhupesh Bhardwaj (IIT Bombay)
Impact Welding of Nano-structured Bainitic Steel: Efficacy and Microstructural Study
Principal investigators: Anupam Vivek (Materials Science and Engineering, Ohio State) and Aparna Singh (Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Bombay)
Frontier Center Scholar: Bhawesh Chhajed (IIT Bombay)
Understanding the Structure-Property Linkages in Electron Beam Melted Ti-6Al-4V
Principal investigators: Joerg Jinschek (Materials Science and Engineering, Ohio State) and Alankar Alankar (Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay)
Frontier Center Scholar: Aayush Trivedi (IIT Bombay)
Story by Mike Huson, IMR and Frontier Center Communications Coordinator
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