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.


New CEM Alumni Career Series

September 9, 2016

Is graduation on the horizon? Where will your degree take you? Learn more about diverse career paths in the STEM disciplines from Ohio State alumni working in industry, national labs, government research and science policy. Each semester, a Ohio State alumni will share their career-related experiences and provide you with tips and advice on landing that perfect job.

RSVP to the next event! Students interested in attending a luncheon with the speaker should contact Corinne Rubright(.4). Limited to 20 seats.

2017 Seed funding RFP Released

September 30, 2016

The 2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available! This enhanced seed program leverages resources and best practices of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).  The result is a unified RFP with Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding excellence in materials research of varying scopes, and with the goal of generating new directions that extend beyond the boundaries of existing research programs. Read more…


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.