Center for Emergent Materials: an NSF MRSEC

CEM PersonnelThe Center for Emergent Materials, located at The Ohio State University, is one of a network of Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The MRSEC program funds teams of researchers from several different disciplines who work collaboratively on materials research in order to address fundamental problems in science and engineering. By working in teams, called Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRG), the researchers at CEM tackle scientific problems that are too large and complex for a scientist working alone to solve. There are two IRGs at the Center for Emergent Materials focused on researching the quantum mechanical phenomenon called “spin” in order to understand and engineer functional nanostructures.


Recent CEM results published in Nature Nanotechnology Could diamonds be a computer’s best friend? 

March 24, 2014

For the first time, CEM researchers have demonstrated that information can flow through a diamond wire. In the experiment, electrons did not flow through diamond as they do in traditional electronics; rather, they stayed in place and passed along a magnetic effect called “spin” to each other down the wire—like a row of sports spectators doing “the wave.

Spin could one day be used to transmit data in computer circuits—and this new experiment, done at The Ohio State University, revealed that diamond transmits spin better than most metals in which researchers have previously observed the effect.

Further information on this research can be found in this article and in the publication.


CEM Associate Director Jessica Winter named one of Columbus Business First’s People to Know in Technology

January 17, 2014

winter-jessica-304CEM Associate Director Jessica Winter, Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was named one of Columbus Business First’s People to Know in Technology. Read her interview here.