Centers and collaborations
The MSE department is home to, or collaborates closely with, a number of world-class research centers.
Department research facilities
Current and future challenges in medicine, healthcare, environment, energy and technology need increasingly to be addressed on length scales ranging from millimetres to the scale of individual atoms. The delivery of novel solutions in cancer therapies, diseases of an aging population, sustainable functional and structural materials demands a multidisciplinary approach to research. The Center for Electron Microscopy and AnalysiS (CEMAS) is a centralised, coordinated imaging facility where traditional boundaries between disciplines are eliminated. Our mission is to deliver new insights and solutions through world-class imaging and analysis to the research community at The Ohio State University and to our academic and industrial partners in Ohio and beyond.
The Center 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
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
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
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
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
The IMR represents 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.
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
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
Micro- and nanotechnology and the ability to transform both research and industry applications are the focus of this innovative facility on west campus. From e-beam Lithography (EBL) to nanolithography, device fabrication, MOCVD epitaxy, device processing, clean room processing and more, 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
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
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
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.