2021 OSU Materials Week

OSU Materials Week is Back for 2021 and Gone Virtual!

Join us for this virtual event series showcasing leading-edge, materials-allied research and innovation from science and engineering to systems and manufacturing at The Ohio State University


The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) is happy to announce the return of OSU Materials Week this semester.

The 2021 showcase of materials-allied research at The Ohio State University will be an augmented, interactive celebration of advancements and achievements in the materials community.

Attendees this spring are invited to join experts in a wide range of fields for in-depth discussions about cutting-edge research, virtual tours of facilities and lab spaces, and more behind-the-scenes looks at how Ohio State is pushing the boundaries of innovative research in areas ranging from fundamental areas of materials science, such as materials for quantum information and ultra-fast optics to energy-efficient wide bandgap semiconductor devices, 3D biomanufacturing, and even the challenges of digital manufacturing and supply chain management.

Click a session below for registration info.


2021 OSU Materials Week Sessions


Frontiers in Quantum Information Science and Engineering

Web series presented by the Institute for Optical Science and IMR

Friday, Jan. 15 – April 23, 2021
No registration required.

Click here for full schedule and speaker info


The Frontiers in Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) webinar series will welcome world leaders in the field to paint a broad perspective of the current state of QISE and look toward the future of this rapidly evolving landscape. Topics covered will include the full spectrum of science and engineering opportunities in QISE, including quantum computing, quantum sensing and quantum communication technologies, as well as the fundamental principles, materials development and measurement challenges central to their rapid advance.

Each webinar will be followed by an open discussion with the speaker, providing a unique opportunity for both experts and novices in QISE to come up to speed with the latest developments and challenges in this rapidly evolving field. Please join us by using the link above to find more information about the series and invited speakers.


Lies, Damn Lies, and Consultants: What Manufacturing and Supply Chain Leaders Need to Know About Digital Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, and the Internet of Things

This event was held Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Click here to download Ned Hill’s PowerPoint presentation.

The Ohio Manufacturing Institute’s Ned Hill and Kathryn Kelley report on an extensive research project on corporate strategies and implementation of digital operations technologies (OT) within the context of digitally connected manufacturing enterprises. The research involved interviews with manufacturing companies, OT engineers, and manufacturing leaders as well as reviewing the extensive (and largely promotional) professional literature on this subject. They reach four conclusions:

1. The jargon pertaining to the industrial and consumer Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 is causing confusion across the manufacturing sector and resembles the early days of the diffusion of ERPs. Hill and Kelly provide a clear strategic guide for decision makers.
2. Digital OT technologies will be transformational, but will diffuse across the economy over a long time period and begin within most plants as a series of narrowly defined automation projects. A few companies will invest in greenfield installations. The rollout of digital OT will resemble the rollout of ERP—long, painful, and essential.
3. The threat to those who do not adapt to digital manufacturing will be similar to the threat from not adopting lean manufacturing.
4. Small to mid-sized manufacturers are currently sitting on the sidelines due to the hurdle rates charged by equipment vendors and systems integrators. Public policies are required to prevent monopoly behavior on the part of developers of OT backbones.

The report will be followed by a panel discussion covering systems integration, workforce, equipment and operational excellence. Meet our panelists: Nate Ames (Executive Director, Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence), John Gray (Associate Director, Center for Operational Excellence), Kathryn Kelley (Director, Ohio Manufacturing Institute), and Farhang Pourboghrat (Chair, Integrated Systems Engineering).



International Collaborations Advancing Wide Bandgap Semiconductors

Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 10 a.m.


Presentation materials available here:

Watch an introduction of test setups in Ohio State’s WBG Research Group


Watch Chandan Joishi give a tour of IIT Bombay and Ohio State lab spaces for device engineering for β-Ga2O3-based high power electronics


IMR and the IIT Bombay-Ohio State Frontier Center will host an in-depth look at two collaborative research projects in wide bandgap semiconductors, based on β-Ga2O3 and SiC, respectively. Both of these materials systems lay the groundwork for advancing electronics for high-power applications, such as electric vehicles, data centers, solar power and wind farms.

Attendees are also invited on a virtual tour of R&D labs at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, where some of this innovative work is conducted. Chandan Joishi, a project research scientist at IIT Bombay, will showcase several instruments integral to ongoing research and testing that is helping make advancements in fields related to wide bandgap power electronics. Joishi collaborates with Prof. Saurabh Lodha and worked closely with Ohio State Prof. Siddharth Rajan, as a Visiting Scholar through the Institute for Materials Research’s Global Partnership Grant program.

Meet the presenters:

Prof. Anant Agarwal will present his work in a collaborative research project focusing on silicon carbide semiconductors. Agarwal is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio State, as well as a leader in research focusing on advancing and extending the capabilities of SiC devices. He and IIT Bombay Prof. Swaroop Ganguly were awarded funding through the Frontier Center Scholar Grant Program for their collaborative project “Towards Rugged SiC Technology for Electric Transportation.”

Prof. Saurabh Lodha will lead a discussion on his collaborative research on gallium oxide semiconductors. Lodha is a professor in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a leader of the Frontier Center, which fosters collaborative research projects in materials, devices, components and systems between IIT Bombay and Ohio State. He received the 2020 Young Career Award in Nano Science & Technology, instituted by India’s Department of Science and Technology.



Click here to read about Chandan Joishi being conferred IIT Bombay’s prestigious Excellence in Ph.D. Research award. 

Click here to watch an intro to the Frontier Center and learn each university’s complementary role in advancing innovative research.


NSF NeXUS and the Future of Ultrafast Optical Science

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Join us March 18 as the Institute for Materials Research and the Institute for Optical Science present the next installment of 2021 OSU Materials Week. This Thursday, we will host an in-depth look at the new NSF National eXtreme Ultrafast Science (NeXUS) Facility at The Ohio State University.

The NSF NeXUS facility is designed to fill a key strategic gap in U.S. research infrastructure and will make the university an international focal point serving a broad user community in ultrafast optical science. The combination of attosecond pulses, soft X-ray photon energies and high repetition rate at NeXUS will enable measurements that currently cannot be made anywhere in the U.S.

Facility leaders and experts from NeXUS will lead attendees through a showcase of groundbreaking research, state-of-the-art equipment and impact enabled by this new facility on Ohio State’s campus. Featured speakers are introduced below. This presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and panel discussion with Physics assoc. prof. Jay Gupta, research scientist TJ Ronningen, and NeXUS facility manager Tim Scarborough.

Meet the speakers:

First, Robert Baker, NeXUS PI and co-director, will provide an overview of the current state of the art in ultrafast science and describe how Ohio State’s leadership in ultrafast is contributing to establishing this new NSF national center on campus.

Download PowerPoint slides for the presentation “NSF NeXUS and the Future of Ultrafast Optical Sciences.”


Next, Claudia Turro, NeXUS co-PI and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry chair, will specifically describe potential user applications of NeXUS in areas of molecular magnetism, molecular qubits, and the impact of NeXUS on the chemistry of quantum information science, photochemotherapy and energy conversion.

Download PowerPoint slides for the presentation “NeXus Potential User Applications.”


Roland Kawakami, NeXUS co-PI, will similarly describe user applications of NeXUS in the areas of condensed matter physics, ultrafast magnetism, and understanding topological states of matter and describe the impact of NeXUS on the materials research community.

Download PowerPoint slides for the presentation “NeXUS user applications in condensed matter and materials physics.”


Finally, Lou DiMauro, NeXUS co-director and director of the Institute for Optical Science, will provide an outlook on the future of ultrafast science and put NeXUS in the context of strong ongoing efforts at Ohio State to build an international community around optical sciences broadly defined.

Download PowerPoint slides for DiMauro’s presentation.


Biofabrication and Clinical 3D Printing at Ohio State

April 1, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Join us April 1, 10 a.m. for the final session of 2021 OSU Materials Week: Biofabrication and Clinical 3D Printing at Ohio State. Biofabrication is a rapidly growing field that sits at the intersections of bioprinting, additive manufacturing, and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

This webinar will cover activities across Ohio State in biofabrication, as well as new projects bringing 3D printing into a clinical setting at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and College of Medicine.

Experts from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to Biomedical Engineering and beyond will present innovative biofabrication activities currently underway across Ohio State, as well as guide attendees through video tours of lab spaces in which some of this interdisciplinary research and developments take place.

Edward D. Herderick, director of additive manufacturing at Ohio State’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, will provide an overview of the field, and breakdown the scope and outlook of Biofabrication efforts at the university. We will welcome five more experts to give in-depth looks at various activities and labs. Stay for a panelist discussion and Q&A with the presenters.

Meet the presenters:

Kyle Van Koevering, an assistant professor in Otolaryngology, will take attendees into the Medical Modeling, Materials and Manufacturing Lab (M4 Lab) to learn about 3D printing models for the operating room.

Aleks Skardal, assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering, will present extracellular matrix bioinks for 3D bioprinting.

Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, will discuss her lab’s work healing wounds to the cornea.

Dave Hoelzle, assistant professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, will give us a look into microscale manufacturing in the Hoelzle Research Lab.

David Dean, associate professor in Materials Science and Engineering, will present his lab’s work advancing 3D bioprinting for osteo engineering.





About Materials Week:

For more than a decade, IMR has dedicated one week in May to celebrate the innovative research and accomplishments of the materials community at The Ohio State University. This year, we’re taking a new approach to that celebration. 2021 OSU Materials Week is going virtual, with online presentations, virtual tours and a host of other interactive sessions covering a wide range of areas.

Each year, IMR solicits topics of interest from faculty to be featured throughout OSU Materials Week to ensure the range of research areas covered each year reflects the breadth of the materials community at Ohio State, while always being different.

Join us this year as we explore new frontiers in quantum information science, revolutions upending the traditional manufacturing landscape, Ohio State’s role in materializing one of “NSF’s 10 Big Ideas” with new quantum technologies, and the future of biomanufacturing and its effect on research and clinical medicine. Attendees are also invited to take a virtual tour of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay facilities available for collaborative research via Ohio State’s first offshore research center, the IIT Bombay-Ohio State Frontier Center.

IMR welcomes researchers from academia, industry and government labs, as well as students and the greater community, to come together, learn, and create connections and collaborations at this virtual event series.


Any questions?

CONTACT: Joanna Gardner, IMR Administrator and Grants Developer, at gardner.306@osu.edu



Closed captioning is provided. If you require an accommodation such as live captioning to participate in this event, please contact IMR PR Coordinator Mike Huson at huson.4@osu.edu. Requests made at least 10 business days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.


Click here for a summary of 2019 OSU Materials Week.