Ohio State researchers explore manufacturing alternatives for critical COVID-19 supplies

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  The Institute for Materials Research(IMR) is again teaming up with centers and institutes across The Ohio State University to rapidly respond to shortages of swabs used in testing for the causative agent of COVID-19.   Led by IMR, researchers from the Center for Design Manufacturing Excellence (CDME), Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center …

NPR’s Marketplace: Ned Hill shares thoughts on manufacturing as companies reopen

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The manufacturing sector lost 1.3 million jobs in April. But a light at the end of the tunnel may be appearing this month, as U.S. businesses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic begin to tentatively reopen. So, what might we expect as manufacturers attempt to rebound while considering new production challenges, such as re-establishing safe work environments? Ned Hill, a …

Glenn Daehn recognized among most influential professors in smart manufacturing

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IMR Associate Director Glenn Daehn was named among the 20 most influential professors in smart manufacturing. Daehn’s influence was recognized by SME, a nonprofit association of professionals, educators and students within the manufacturing industry. He serves as the Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University. He leads the Impulse …

Shamsul Arafin receives NSF EAGER award

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Shamsul Arafin, an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), was awarded a one-year, $165,999 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund exploratory research that could advance future quantum technologies.   Arafin joined ECE in 2018, hired through The Ohio State University’s Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme, operated by the Institute for Materials Research (IMR). …

IMR Director of Innovation Jay Sayre receives OSEP award to support university sustainability goals

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Jay Sayre, the Director of Innovation at the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) and Research Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, will soon receive funding allowing researchers at The Ohio State University a new route in developing solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of sustainability.   The one-year, $25,000 award from Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) will …

Swab prototypes for COVID-19 test kits analyzed at MSE lab

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Teams across The Ohio State University are coming together to combat shortages of critically needed supplies for COVID-19 testing throughout Ohio.   Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering are analyzing the material performance of the nasopharyngeal swab prototypes being designed for use in detecting the virus that causes the new coronavirus disease.   The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) is …

Ohio State coalition develops, delivers 3D-printed swabs for COVID-19 testing

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  Wave after wave of urgently needed shipments of 3D-printed swabs used in COVID-19 test kits have been arriving at The Ohio State University since April 17, after a coalition of university scientists, engineers and manufacturers came together to combat the shortage of critical supplies in the state.   The collaborative effort was led by Ohio State’s Institute for Materials …

Renee Zhao receives 2 NSF awards in Spring 2020 to study magnetic soft materials

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Renee Zhao, an assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has received  two awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Spring 2020.   Earlier this year, Zhao received a five-year, $562,511 NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her research in the mechanics of soft intelligent materials.   More recently, NSF announced she will be awarded $398,773 over …

Ohio State experts are part of national team finding ways to fight COVID-19

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Effort includes development of swab, work on test kits   Infectious disease experts and engineers at The Ohio State University were part of a national team of scientists who developed a nasal pharyngeal swab – a key part of the kits necessary to test for the novel coronavirus – and have found ways to produce them at private printing farms, …

Ongoing IMR efforts related to COVID-19

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As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout Ohio and the country, the Institute for Materials Research (IMR) is turning to its research community in the hopes of turning the tide.   IMR knows the situation is critical, the needs are urgent, and responses must come quickly.   The institute is collaborating with departments, colleges and research centers across The Ohio …