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The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University enjoys the respect of industry leaders and academicians world-wide. The international reputation of the faculty, extensive research facilities, and impressive capabilities of our graduates continue this tradition of excellence.

By selecting MSE at Ohio State, you'll learn from some of the most eminent researchers in the nation, in facilities equipped with over 17 million dollars of the most advanced research technology available. We're seeking outstanding students who want to be a part of the excellence at Ohio State; exceptional students who want to work alongside faculty in an exceptional atmosphere.

Below you'll find just a few of the research tools available to our graduate students!

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BMEC--our new home!

"New materials developed in this building help to develop new manufacturing processes. Those manufacturing processes are crucial to mobility that is automotive and aerospace in the state of Ohio. It is also crucial in the development of new medical technologies and new tissue replacement therapies." - David B. Williams, Dean of the College of Engineering

Two premier university departments under one roof. The Biomedical and Materials Engineering Complex (BMEC) is scheduled to open in August 2020 and will be home to the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. 

Interactive Tour of BMEC

Tour of EJTC Laboratory Facilities

WE Robot in High Bay

Welding Engineering Lab Tour (8:40)--Jack Canaday, and other WE graduate students, provide a tour of our welding engineering laboratory facility, the Edison Joining Technology Center, and give a glimpse into the research in which each is involved.


Centers and Facilities

The MSE department is home to, or collaborates closely with, a number of world-class research centers, all of which are available to support your research.

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CEMAS (Center for Electron Microscopy And Analysis)

CEMAS has become the hub for business and academia for materials characterization. Our point of difference is our world-class multidisciplinary approach that enables academic and business partners to "see more" than ever before. We are the Center that breaks through the current characterization limitations in medicine, environmental science, energy materials, and beyond.


"...There's no better place on planet Earth to do microscopy than right here at CEMAS"
Don Kania, Former CEO of FEI Company

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NSF I/UCRC: Manufacturing & Materials Joining Innovation Center (Ma2JIC)

Ma2JIC seeks to close the gap between new material development and the joining of these materials. A special emphasis of the Center is on the application of welding technologies to energy industries. Technical needs related to materials joining in fossil energy, nuclear energy, alternative energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage applications can be grouped under six broad categories:

  • joining of existing materials
  • joining of new advanced materials
  • joining of dissimilar materials
  • additive manufacturing for hybrid materials
  • life extension of existing joints
  • rapid evaluation of life of weldments

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Fontana Corrosion Center (FCC)

The FCC focuses on the study of corrosion in an effort to protect materials from the harmful effects of environmental degradation. The Center seeks to understand how microstructure affects corrosion, the mechanisms and efficacy of environment-friendly inhibitors, corrosion rates and mechanisms for highly corrosion resistant alloys under conditions relevant to long term storage of nuclear waste, and prediction of corrosion damage accumulation, the combined effects of mechanical stress and the environment, the consequences of galvanic corrosion, and other aspects of corrosion. Director: Dr. Gerald Frankel

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Center for Accelerated Maturation of Materials (CAMM)

The purpose of CAMM is to integrate computational methods with experimental techniques. This work looks to speed the often lengthy development time involved in bringing a theoretical material through the development stage to final fabrication and use. Director: Dr. Hamish Fraser

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Sustainability Institute

The complex challenges of sustainability and the need to improve social, economic and environmental conditions underscore the need for the deep integration Ohio State has across a breadth of disciplines including natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, engineering, public health, business, law, planning, policy, arts and humanities. These academic units and other internal partners such as research labs and centers, Student Life, and Administration and Planning departments collaborate and leverage our research and knowledge toward a more sustainable and resilient campus as well as our local and global communities.

MSE Faculty associated with SI: Sheikh Akbar, Vicky Doan-Nguyen, Perena Gouma, Tyler Grassman, Alan Luo, David McComb, Narasi Sridhar, Wolfgang Windl


Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Laboratory (SEAL)

The Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Laboratory is a world-class, shared user facility supporting interdisciplinary research and development on epitaxial growth of electronic and photonic materials and devices.  SEAL houses six state of the art MBE chambers each dedicated to different, complementary material systems to provide epitaxial growth of crystalline layers, heterostructures, nanostructures and device structures in a variety of material domains.  SEAL is a member of the OSU Institute of Materials Research (IMR) which coordinates research activities and infrastructure related to the science and engineering of materials throughout OSU.

MSE faculty associated with SEAL


Center for Performance and Design of Nuclear Waste Forms and Containers (WastePD)

WastePD is a Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) based in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State. It is a diverse activity comprising 13 principal investigators from 9 institutions. Its primary goal is to understand the fundamental mechanisms of waste form degradation, and to apply that understanding to develop approaches for the design of new waste forms with improved performance. The degradation mechanisms of glass, ceramics and metals are the focus of three teams and synergistic interactions bind them together. The Metals Team is focused on developing a new approach for the design and prediction of corrosion resistant alloys using calculable parameters. Director: Gerald Frankel


Center for Superconducting and Magnetic Materials (CSMM)

Research at CSMM focuses on the materials science and materials physics of superconductivity and magnetism. This includes structure-properties studies, as well as investigation of phase formation, reaction, diffusion, vortex matter and pinning. Low temperature electrical and magnetic properties are studied, as well as the micro and nanostructure of superconducting and magnetic materials. Director: Dr. Michael Sumption


Center for Weldability Evaluation (CWE)

The Center for Weldability Evaluation addresses failures and loss of properties in welds of advanced alloys; facilitates implementation of advanced alloys in critical welded structures; supports invention and development of metallic alloys with improved weldability; develops innovative tools and methods for weldability evaluation; contributes to improvement of energy efficiency, safety, service performance and reliability in power generation and power conversion systems. Director: Boian Alexandrov


Multidisciplinary centers

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is pleased to partner with departments across campus and around the world. The centers seek to bring together the best minds to address critical issues involving materials and materials joining.


Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME)

The Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence was established to provide university and industrial partners with the necessary resources to rapidly transition technology to higher levels of readiness using four strategic activities:

  • Conducting applied research and development for university, industry and government partners
  • Leveraging advanced equipment to conduct standardized testing and machining services
  • Managing full-scale manufacturing user facilities
  • Providing undergraduate students with hands-on manufacturing & engineering experience while they complete their degree

CDME is staffed by two dozen industry-hardened engineers, technicians, program managers and roughly 40 undergraduate student employees. The center averages 50 concurrent projects with an average duration of four to six months. Director: Nate Ames

View MSE/WE faculty involved with CDME: Welding Engineering | Processing and Manufacturing


Medical Modeling, Materials and Manufacturing Laboratory (M4 Lab)

Established in February 2021, the Medical Modeling, Materials and Manufacturing Lab (M4 Lab) utilizes 3D printing to produce innovative engineering solutions in clinical medicine. The creation of complex geometries and shapes for patient-specific applications is possible with the extensive 3D printing technology at Ohio State. M4 Lab is part of Nanotech West Laboratory on west campus. Director: Kyle Vankoevering

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Nanotech West Lab

Micro- and nanotechnology and the ability to transform both into research and industry applications are the focus of this innovative facility on west campus. Nanotech West supports more than 100 research and development projects per year including external users, many of which are startup companies in the Ohio region. From e-beam Lithography (EBL) to nanolithography, device fabrication, MOCVD epitaxy, device processing, clean room processing, and more, the Nanotech West Lab has the technology and the know-how to support your project. Current research programs at Ohio State span the fields of electronics, optics, advanced materials and characterization, energy, biology and medicine. If you have research to conduct, a market to conquer, or a product you'd like to evolve, Nanotech West Lab is the place to make it happen. Director: John A. Carlin, PhD

View MSE faculty associated with Nanotech West: EPM Matl's | Energy Matl's


Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center (SIMCenter)

SIMCenter is an interdisciplinary research center for the virtual simulation and modeling of product performance and manufacturing processes in the College of Engineering. SIMCenter’s mission is to advance computer-aided engineering techniques in research, design, and manufacturing. Located in Smith Laboratory, SIMCenter combines expertise from several College of Engineering departments—mechanical and aerospace, electrical, welding, chemical and biomolecular, materials science, and integrated systems—and a partnership with the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). Director: Shawn Midlam-Mohler

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Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies

Regenerative medicine presents the possibility of a revolutionary way of delivering medicine. It’s the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects. The field of regenerative medicine overlaps with tissue engineering. The complicated nature of regenerative medicine requires that its reach is broad and multidisciplinary in nature with the potential to involve all colleges in the Office of Health Sciences. For example, Tissue Nano-Transfection (TNT), a new nanotechnology with applications in regenerative medicine, was developed through collaborative research between College of Engineering and College of Medicine faculty with the intent to control tissue plasticity, in the living body, without the need for viral vectors.

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Allied Centers

The MSE department and its faculty participate in research carried out by a number of institutes and centers, these are just a few.


The Institute for Materials Research (IMR)

The IMR serves to coordinate the activities of more than 150 faculty members and research groups engaged in materials research from five colleges and more than a dozen departments at Ohio State. With a network of state-of-the-art facilities throughout these departments and colleges, IMR provides coordination for a dynamic, world-class and multi-disciplinary materials research community that incorporates science and engineering from the sub-nano to macro scales, from soft to hard materials, from basic phenomena to devices, and from biology and medicine to agriculture, energy, communications, transportation and computation. Director: Steven A. Ringel, PhD.


Center for Emergent Materials (CEM)

The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) at The Ohio State University is a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). CEM performs integrated research on emergent materials and phenomena in magnetoelectronics, creating new paradigms in computing and information storage. The research activities conducted at the CEM focus on a new understanding of electron-spin injection and transport, and the synthesis and exploitation of multifunctional properties of innovative double perovskite heterostructures. Education is an important component of our research activities. Our programs take an interactive, constructionist approach to address the nature and cognitive cause of the misconception of materials science concepts. Director: P. Chris Hammel


Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) provides world-class education for the next generation of automotive industry leaders, through on-campus learning and continuous professional development. This center serves as a catalyst for innovation in automotive technology through collaborative, interdisciplinary research; and support economic development, regionally and nationally. CAR faculty, students and research staff have been engaged in research and education related to vehicle automation and connectivity and vehicle electrification for over 20 years. They have strong partnerships with faculty who are engaged in cybersecurity, machine learning, artificial intelligence, traffic and transportation systems, and travel behavior and are dynamically creating new partnerships with industry and government agencies. Director: Giorgio Rizzoni