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Two ECE faculty among OSU Materials Research Seed Grant program winners

Shamsul ArafinRoberto MyersTwo electrical and computer engineering (ECE) faculty recently earned funding through the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program.

The Ohio State University announced seven innovative materials research projects will receive a total of $300,000 this year. The program seeds and advances excellence in materials research of varying scopes. It is jointly funded and managed by the Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) and Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM).

This year, one Multidisciplinary Team Building Grant (MTBG) and six Exploratory Materials Research Grant (EMRG) awards were selected after a thorough internal and external review process.This grant assists in enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding. Each award is $40,000.

The 2019 EMRG awards include ECE Professor Shamsul Arafin, who earned funding for the proposal, "Room-Temperature III-Nitride Based Single-Photon Emission." Additionally, ECE Professor Roberto Myers, also of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics, earned funding for the proposal, "Epitaxial Lattice-matched Monoclinic Fe2O3/Ga2O3 Superlattices for Tunable Magneto-electrics."

The seed program furthers IMR’s mission to nurture, grow and support excellence in materials research. The enhanced OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program became available to the Ohio State materials community in Winter 2011.

The project “Magic‐angle Bilayers of Correlated Electron Materials” is set to receive $60,000, as the 2019 MTBG grant recipient. Marc Bockrath, professor in the Department of Physics, serves as principal investigator. The grant supports multidisciplinary materials research teams to compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities.

Other EMRG winners include:

- Prof. Vicky Doan-Nguyen, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, "Design and Local Structure Identification of Stable Electrode-Electrolyte Interfaces."

- Prof. Joerg Jinschek, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, "In-situ Characterization of High Temperature Alloy Phase Transformations at the Nanoscale with Simultaneous Enthalpy Quantification."

- Prof. Casey Wade, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, "Designing MOFs with Cooperative Binding Mechanisms for Selective Small Molecule Separations."

- Prof. Ruike Zhao, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, "Magneto-responsive Material for Reconfigurable Surface Properties."

The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program provides multiple tiers of internal funding opportunities to support basic, nascent research, stimulate and grow research teams into focused research groups and centers, translational R&D with industry partners, and global partnership opportunities. IMR also provides critical support for faculty to access core user facilities within the institute’s network of shared laboratories.

The 2020 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals will be announced soon.

- Story originally from IMR