Seed Funding Program

About the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

An aggressive Seed Funding program complements the research structured under the IRGs by providing an agile support mechanism for the very latest developments in materials research, and by identifying and nurturing future leaders in the field. This allows the CEM to have an impact beyond the IRGs membership.

The CEM is one of three partners in the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program. This integrated seed program, open to the entire materials research community at The Ohio State University, was started in 2010 to jointly leverage the resources of CEM, the Center for Exploration of Novel Complex Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR).

2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant RFP


Seed Awards 2016

  • Jinwoo Hwang, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, “Direct Structural Determination of Individual DNA Molecules Using Electron Nanodiffraction”
  • Sandip Mazumder, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, “An Integrated Experimental-Computational Approach for Determining the Phonon Mean Free Path Spectrum in Semiconductors”
  • Psaras McGrier, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Synthesis and Design of Novel Graphyne and Graphdiyne-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks”
  • Stephen Niezgoda, Department of Materials Science and Engineering,”Uncertainty Quantification for Model Selection: Evaluating Material Constitutive Models based on Available Data”
  • Patrick Woodward, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Halide Double Perovskites: A New Class of Lead-free Compound Semiconductors”

Seed Awards 2015

  • Maryam Ghazisaeidi, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, “First-principles study of dislocation core structures and properties in multi-principal-element alloys”
  • Jinwoo Hwang, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, “Direct Imaging of Atomic Scale Electromagnetic Fields in Functional Materials”
  • Hannah Shafaat, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, “Developing electrodes for hydrogen production based on robust biological catalysts”

Seed Awards 2014

  • Anne Co, Department of Chemistry, “In-situ Solid-State NMR for Battery Studies”
  • Soheil Soghrati, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, “Advanced Finite Element Approach for the Virtual Design of Functionally Graded Al/Al2O3 Reinforced Composites”
  • R. Sooryakumar, Department of Physics, “Fabrication of Patterned Protein Molecules Using Living Magnetic Microbes”
  • J. Winter, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Department of Biomolecular Engineering, “Novel Technologies for Constructing Hybrid 1D-2D Interfaces”

Proto-IRG Awards 2012

  • Roberto Myers, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, “Thermal spintronics: materials for enhanced heat-spin interactions”
  • Michael Poirier, Department of Physics, “Functional dynamics of DNA scaffolded materials”
  • Josh Goldberger, Department of Chemistry, “Band structure engineering on Si/Ge/Sn graphene analogues”

Proto-IRG Awards 2011

2011 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program awards, including project abstracts

  • Roberto Myers, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, “Thermal Spintronics: Engineering Spin Currents and Dissipation”
  • Michael Paulaitis, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, “Characterization & Synthesis of Mimetic Cell-Secreted Exosomes for Cell Signaling”
  • Michael Poirier, Department of Physics, “Magnetic  Resonance Studies of Chromatin Dynamics and Function”

Seed Awards 2010

The area targeted for the 2010 Strategic Interest grants was PROTO-IRGs.

  • Roberto Myers, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, “Thermal Spintronics: Engineering Spin Currents and Dissipation”
  • Michael Poirier, Department of Physics, “Magnetic  Resonance Studies of Chromatin Structure and Dynamics”

Seed Awards 2009

The area targeted for the 2009 Strategic Interest grants was HYBRID MATERIALS.

  • Roberto Myers, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, “Towards Room Temperature Spin-Injection/Detection in Wide Band Gap Semiconductors”
  • Jessica Winter, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, and Co-PI R. Sooryakumar, Department of Physics, “Multifunctional Hybrid Nanomaterials: Synthesis and Manipulation”
  • Renewal of Yi Zhao, Department of Biomedical Engineering, “Microstructured Polymer Nanofibers for Skeletal Muscle Restoration”
  • Renewal of Michael Poirier, Department of Physics, “Heterogeneous Magnetic Particles for Force and Torque Sensing: A New Approach for Single Molecule Biology”

Seed Awards 2008

The area targeted for the 2008 Strategic Interest grants was BIOMATERIALS.

  • Gunjan Agarwal, Department of Biomedical Engineering, “Magnetic Force Microscopy of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Biological Systems”
  • Michael Poirier, Department of Physics, “Heterogeneous Magnetic Particles for Force and Torque Sensing: A New Approach for Single Molecule Biology”
  • Yi Zhao, Department of Biomedical Engineering, “Microstructured Polymer Nanofibers for Skeletal Muscle Restoration”
  • Roberto Myers, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, “Rare-earth (Gd) Doped Wide Bandgap Semiconductors for Magnetoelectronics”