OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
WINS $8 MILLION FOR RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Five new awards totaling $8 million
from the Ohio Board of Regents
will help Ohio State University take the lead in tomorrow’s materials
The Regents are providing the awards through the 2003
Hayes Investment Fund Program, enabling the university to lead five
research consortia. Partners in the consortia will include other Ohio
research institutions and industries. Of the nearly $11 million in Hayes
funds awarded this year, Ohio State-led consortia have won the majority.
The Hayes Investment Fund Program provides support for major equipment
purchases and facilities to enhance the research infrastructure of Ohio's
universities and to foster collaboration among them.
Though each consortium will address different areas of industry -- including
electronics, energy, automotive, aerospace and biomedical technology --
all five focus on laboratory efforts to understand and control the behavior
of materials, particularly through micro- or nanotechnology.
“Ohio State had a fantastic showing in this round of the Hayes
Investment Fund,” said Tom
Rosol, interim vice president for research and a professor of veterinary
biosciences at Ohio State. “These five new consortia will let the
university take a leadership role in making Ohio a center for high-tech
research, creating new jobs and new opportunities throughout the state.”
In its meeting July 17, the Board of Regents approved the following
Ohio State-led projects:
Center for the Accelerated Maturation of Materials (CAMM)
Award: $2 million
Principal Investigator: Hamish
Fraser, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor of materials
science and engineering.
Description: This consortium will work to design software tools to
accelerate the development of new materials at greatly reduced cost.
A Hayes Investment Fund award established the creation of CAMM in 1999.
Ohio State will partner with: University of Cincinnati, Wright State
University, Air Force Research Laboratory, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory,
Alcan Technology and Management, Ford Motor Co., the Timken Co., and
General Electric Aircraft Engines.
Consortium for Affordable Manufacturing of Polymers at the Nanoscale
Award: $2 million
Principal Investigator: L.
James Lee, professor of chemical engineering, Helen C. Kurtz Chair
of Chemical Engineering,
and director of Ohio State's Center for Advanced Polymer and Composite
Koelling, associate professor of chemical engineering, will be site
director for Ohio State’s role in the consortium.
Description: This consortium will develop new methods for fabricating
materials with useful structural properties, to improve the manufacture
of biomedical and other devices.
Ohio State will partner with: University of Akron, University of Dayton,
Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratory, Ashland
Specialty Chemical Co., Applied Sciences, Inc., Owens Corning, Procter
& Gamble Co., and Honda of America Manufacturing.
Ohio Nanoscale Patterning Consortium
Award: $2 million
Principal Investigator: Paul
R. Berger, associate professor of electrical
engineering and physics.
Description: This consortium will create a facility for patterning
a variety of materials -- including electronic, magnetic and photonic
materials and devices and biomedical devices -- at the nanometer (one
billionth of a meter) scale, in order to strengthen ongoing university-based
nanotechnology research, spark the growth of high technology start-up
companies in Ohio, and create new jobs in existing companies.
Ohio State will partner with: Ohio University, Wright State University,
Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc., Battelle Memorial Institute, Air Force
Research Laboratory, and NASA Glenn Research Center.
Ohio Organic Semiconductor Consortium (OOSC)
Award: $1 million
Principal Investigator: Arthur
J. Epstein, Distinguished University Professor of Physics
and Chemistry and
director of the Center
for Materials Research.
Description: To speed the development of electronics made from alternative
materials, including polymers, this consortium is working on better
fabrication and materials synthesis technologies. This award continues
support of OOSC from the last Hayes Investment Fund competition.
Ohio State will partner with: Kent State University, Case Western Reserve
University, BTG International, Inc., DuPont Circleville, AlphaMicron,
Inc., and Nanofilm, Inc.
Production and Storage of Hydrogen Consortium
Award: $1 million
Principal Investigator: Prabir
Dutta, the Robert K. Fox Professor of Chemistry
and deputy director of the Center
for Industrial Sensors and Measurements.
Description: With the goal of making hydrogen a viable energy source,
this consortium will work on new processes for generating hydrogen and
developing porous materials for safe hydrogen storage.
Ohio State will partner with: Kent State University, University of
Akron, University of Cincinnati, and NexTech Materials Ltd.
The Board of Regents also funded a consortium led by the University
of Toledo, with Ohio State as a partner. The leaders of the Ohio State
portion of the Macromolecular Crystallography Consortium are Michael
Chan, associate professor of chemistry
Bell, assistant professor of molecular
and cellular biochemistry.
That consortium, to which the Board awarded approximately $1.2 million
in Hayes funding, will work to modernize and increase the power of X-ray
facilities used to study protein structures in the human genome. Doing
so will give the researchers insight into the roles certain proteins play
in metabolism, cellular signaling and the transmission of genetic information.
The Hayes Investment Fund Program requires that each university provide
partial matching funds -- 10 percent of its share of the requested equipment
costs -- to maintain laboratory equipment and operate the consortium.
The matching funds are provided by the colleges and departments involved.
Since its inception in 1991, the Hayes Investment Fund Program has awarded
almost $95 million to individual universities and university consortia.
In July of 1998, the Board renamed the program in honor of Edward F.
Hayes, the Ohio State vice president for research and president of OSU's
Research Foundation, who died suddenly in March of that year at the age
Contact: Tom Rosol, (614) 292-1582; Rosol.email@example.com
Written by Pam Frost Gorder, (614) 292-9475; Gorder.firstname.lastname@example.org