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.


OSU Bridge Program Featured in Physics Today


The February 2017 issue of Physics Today features an article highlighting the Ohio State APS Bridge Program: A Bridge Between Undergraduate and Doctoral Degrees.

“If we, as a community, want to make sure there are opportunities for everyone, then we need to recognize that some of the problems we must overcome are found outside J. D. Jackson’s Classical Electrodynamics. Some problems affect students in ways that we probably cannot immediately perceive. Fortunately, once we are made aware of them, many of these issues can be overcome relatively easily using resources and providing attention to students. Supporting students who didn’t get the same encouragement that many of us did and adopting a more nuanced approach during admissions, looking at Image of OSU Bridge Studentspotential rather than just accomplishments, are practices that will benefit everyone. URM students may not immediately see themselves as a part of our community, but with a little tweaking of our practices, they can join us in this exciting pursuit we call physics.”

CEM is a devoted supporter of the OSU Bridge Program; several Bridge students conduct CEM research.

Physics Today 70 (2), 50 (2017); doi:


CEM Research Advances Thermoelectrics as Waste Heat Recovery Technology

December 19, 2016

Sometimes instead of generating waste, heat can be utilized to generate power and increase energy efficiency. Newly published research by CEM Profs. McComb and Heremans explain how in this week’s Nature Communications Read more here.