Signature Areas

The IMR community produces a wide range of high-profile, high-impact research. Some work is conducted individually or in small teams, while other advancements are based on fully coalesced centers. In 2019, IMR defined six signature areas of research related to the science and engineering of materials, in which strategic investments and collaborations can enhance the preeminent materials research enterprise at The Ohio State University.

Within each signature area, strategic themes provide greater definition and usefulness to researchers. Some strategic themes are already areas of national and international prominence, while others are more reflective of growing areas of emphasis and strength. While working to maintain already strong areas, IMR remains equally attentive to opportunities to invest in emerging areas of national and global interest that intersect with Ohio State, advancing the university toward the prospect of world-class eminence in materials research.


Electronic and Photonic Materials & Devices
  • Compound and wide bandgap semiconductors
  • Epitaxy, heterogenous integration, and device fabrication
  • Harsh environments
  • High-frequency and power devices
  • Optoelectronics and photonics
Emergent Materials
  • 2D materials: electronic, spin and topological states
  • Biomaterials and materials-health science interface
  • Hybrid functional materials
  • Quantum materials and systems
Magnetic Materials and Phenomena
  • Energy efficient high speed information technology
  • Gigahertz to terahertz magnetic dynamics and spin transport
  • Interfacial magnetism and spin-orbit coupling
  • Quantum spin phenomena
Manufacturing and Processing
  • Additive manufacturing and data science integration
  • Advanced & high-entropy alloys and lightweight structures
  • Biofabrication and polymer composites
  • Corrosion
Materials Characterization
  • Electronic, magnetic, optical and structural characterization
  • Atomic-resolution and cryo-electron microscopy
  • Scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy
  • Ultrafast dynamics from nanoseconds to attoseconds
Materials for Energy & Sustainability
  • Electrochemical energy storage
  • Photovoltaics, thermoelectrics and energy conversion
  • High-voltage electronics, low-energy devices, and integrated systems