Center for Emergent Materials: an NSF MRSEC

The Center for Emergent Materials engages researchers from multiple disciplines to work in teams on scientific problems too complex for a single researcher to solve. The CEM, established in 2008, is located at The Ohio State University and funded by a National Science Foundation MRSEC award.


2016 Materials Research Seed Grants Announced

July 20, 2016

We are pleased to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, 11 awards have been made to fund exceptionally promising, innovative materials research on campus through the 2016 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program. Congratulations to CEM’s own, Professors Hammel, Myers, and Woodward. The awards total $500,000 in internal research funding to 25 Ohio State researchers from 10 departments in five colleges.

Read the full announcement here.


Researchers Discover New Electronic Phase of Matter: Topological Weyl Semimetal

July 26, 2016

CEM Researchers Professor Nandini Trivedi and her graduate student Tim McCormick, in collaboration with Professor Adam Kaminski (Iowa State University) and Dr. Jiaqiang Yan (ORNL) and their students, discovered a new electronic phase of matter known as a topological Weyl semimetal.  This novel quantum phase hosts excitations known as Weyl fermions, first predicted in high energy physics in 1929 but only recently experimentally discovered in quantum materials.  Using theoretical modeling and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, the team identified the first type-II Weyl semimetal phase in the layered transition metal compound MoTe2.  Type-II Weyl semimetals possess electron and hole pockets which touch at topologically protected points in momentum space and form unusual surface states resulting in unique transport properties.  Additionally, these Weyl excitations are robust against external perturbations, providing a resilient platform for electronic applications. Read the new publication in Nature Materials.