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.
Professors Hereman and Trivedi Author Groundbreaking Study
Researchers have discovered a new electronic property at the frontier between the thermal and quantum sciences in a specially engineered metal alloy – and in the process identified a promising material for future devices that could turn heat on and off with the application of a magnetic “switch.”
“Solid-state heat switches without moving parts are extremely desirable, but they don’t exist,” Heremans said. “This is one of the possible mechanisms that would lead to one.”
In physics, an anomaly – the electrons’ generation and absorption of heat discovered in this study – refers to certain symmetries that are present in the classical world but are broken in the quantum world, said study co-author Nandini Trivedi, professor of physics at Ohio State.
The research was published June 7, 2021 in the journal Nature Materials.
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CEM Seeking Applicants for New John Wilkins Postdoctoral Fellowship
This new fellowship competition is open to everyone. The duration of the fellowship is 2 years, extendable to 3, and a research budget will be provided. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Underrepresented minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Criteria for selection of the successful candidate are (1) creativity and potential impact of proposed research, (2) strength of research accomplishments, (3) alignment of proposed research with activities of CEM IRGs, and (4) statement of commitment to diversity and inclusion. Research statements should include a clear plan of study that aligns with either or both of the Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) projects. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, or related field of study. Candidates are highly encouraged to contact one or more current IRG members to discuss feasibility and alignment of their research proposal.
DOD SMART Scholarship Awarded to Brandi Wooten
Congratulations to CEM graduate researcher Brandi Wooten for winning a SMART (Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation) Scholarship from the Department of Defense.
Brandi will be assigned to the Army Research Lab (ARL) – Sensors and Electronic Devices Directorate (SEDD) in Adelphi, MD. She will spend her summers there (beginning in 2022) until she graduates. Afterwards, she will will work there for as many years as they fund her (~2 years). They make materials atom by atom (a process known as molecular beam epitaxy), then they ship the samples to her where she measures the topological electronic and magnetic properties. Through the scholarship program, she will develop both skillsets, which will be great for future employment opportunities.
Skinner Receives NSF CAREER Award
The CEM is pleased to congratulate Prof. Brian Skinner on his recent NSF CAREER award. The award is a continuing grant from the National Science Foundation for his project CAREER: Electrical and Thermoelectric Transport Beyond the Metal/Insulator Paradigm.
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Prof. Robert Baker Named Deputy Director of the Institute for Optical Science
Congratulations to Prof. Robert Baker on his appointment as Deputy Director of the Institute of Optical Science.
Robert has been a member of iOS since its inception in 2018 and is co-Director of the NSF NeXUS facility. Robert’s research interest utilizes ultrafast optical-XUV spectroscopy to study surface electron dynamics and interfacial charge transfer in order to control catalytic energy conversion processes.>
Robert joined the faculty at OSU in 2014. He received his B.S. from Brigham Young University. In 2012, he completed his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in the group of Prof. Gabor Somorjai. He remained at Berkeley as a post-doctoral research associate in the group of Prof. Stephen Leone. At OSU, he has been awarded funding from the NSF, DOE and AFOSR. His distinctions include a DOE Early Career award an AFOSR Young Investigator award and the Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar award.
Visit the iOS website for webinar schedules and news items.
Stiner-Jones Completes ELATES Program
Congratulations to La’Tonia Stiner-Jones for completing the “Executive Leadership in Academic Technology Engineering and Sciences” program. The program is designed to prepare women faculty for executive leadership roles. The 11-month program includes a number of assignments, readings, and group projects. All participants were required to complete an Institutional Action Project of benefit to their college, department, and/or the university.
Baker Wins 2021 Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy Award
Spectroscopy has named Robert Baker, associate professor at The Ohio State University, the winner of the 2021 Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy Award. Awarded annually since 2017, it recognizes the achievements and aspirations of a talented young atomic spectroscopist, selected by an independent scientific committee.
“Robert Baker is a brilliant young scientist and embodies the values and qualities we look for when selecting the Emerging Leader in Atomic Spectroscopy Award winner,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president and CEO of MJH Life Sciences™, parent company of Spectroscopy®. “His extensive background in the fields of physical chemistry, surface science, catalysis and spectroscopy make him truly deserving of this noteworthy award.”
The award will be presented to Baker on Feb. 24 at the Spectroscopy® Virtual Symposium, ‘Atomic Spectroscopy in Practice,’ where he will give a plenary lecture.
Read the full press release here.