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.


Call for IRG Proposals for MRSEC Renewal

The Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), an NSF MRSEC, is requesting proposals (see RFP) for Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) to participate in its proposal to renew its funding as a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC).  Interested teams are encouraged to read the 2019 NSF request for proposals and visit to familiarize themselves with the range and characteristics of successful IRGs.

CEM Poster Session to Present Interdisciplinary Research Group Proposals

On November 9, 2018 the CEM will sponsor a poster session from 3:00-5:00 PM in Room 4138 in the Physics Research Building . The session will offer prospective IRGs the opportunity to present their proposed science concepts and trans-disciplinary teams in advance of the proposal submission. Prospective IRG teams will also obtain feedback on their proposals and researchers will become familiar with putative teams and identify possible synergies.  Full event information can be found in the RFP, and the required templates are below.


  • Poster Session to present IRG proposal concepts: Friday, November 9, 2018 (3:00-5:00 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Letters of Intent Due Date: December 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM
  • Proposal Due Date: January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Technical Contact: P. Chris Hammel,
Administrative Contact: Alison Scott, 

CEM Researchers Awarded NSF iSuperSeed2


Ohio State researchers have been awarded a prestigious iSuperSeed2 award to explore new materials for the future of quantum information systems by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The iSuperSeed2 grant, awarded as a supplement to the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM) at Ohio State, an NSF Materials Research in Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) was the single award granted in the area of quantum information. Professors Daniel Gauthier, Jay Gupta, Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, and Roland Kawakami in the Department of Physics are collaborating with Prof. Michael Flatté at the University of Iowa on the project, which will focus on using the weak interactions between mechanically stacked materials, known as van der Waals bonds, to develop a universal approach to quantum transduction (the transfer of quantum information between two different materials). The weak van der Waals bonds allow for a “Goldilocks” level of interaction between the two materials, where the quantum interactions are neither too weak nor too strong, and are present in materials ranging from insulators, to conductors, to magnets, to superconductors, promising a wide variety of applications for future quantum-based technologies.

Read more here.


Talking skyrmions in Columbus, Ohio


Prof. Mohit Randeria and his team of CEM researchers were recently featured in Physics World for their research on skyrmions.

Read the Magnetism and Spin Blog here.