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.

Recent notable publications:
Evidence for Dirac flat band superconductivity enabled by quantum geometry.” Nature, (2023).[Seed]
An efficient material search for room-temperature topological magnons.” Science Advances, (2023). [IRG-2]
Unified theory of the anomalous and topological Hall effects with phase-space Berry curvatures.” Science Advances, (2022).[IRG-1]


2023-2024 Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the 2023-2024 MRSGP request for proposals! Stay tuned for more information.

Key Dates:

  • Request for Proposals Issued: Monday, November 27, 2023
  • Letters of Intent Due: Monday, January 8, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET
  • Notice of MRSGP Appropriateness: Monday, January 15, 2024
  • Proto-IRG and Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants tiers only – Mandatory Team Proposal Presentations: Wednesday, January 24, January 31, February 7, and February 14, 2024
    • 3:00PM – 4:00 PM ET, Physics Research Building, Room 4138
  • Proposals Due (All Funding Tiers): Monday, March 4, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET
  • Awards Announced (anticipated): August 2024
  • Funded Projects Start Date (anticipated): September 1, 2024 (12-month project period)

Read the 2023 Award announcement here.
Read more about the seed program here.



CEM’s Professor Brian Skinner was recently highlighted in Quanta Magazine within the article, “Physicists Observe ‘Unobservable’ Quantum Phase Transition” as one of the physicists who first identified the phenomenon.

Check out the article here


Faculty Research Initiative Video Series: Nandini Trivedi

How is a collection of electrons like a society? Nandini Trivedi, professor of physics in the CEM, says in both cases, individuals act differently in a group than they do alone. She studies these interactions in electrons, with an eye to their beneficial practical applications, such as the dissipationless transmission of electricity through superconductivity.

Watch her research video here.