Materials, Manufacturing Technologies, and Nanotechnology

The Ohio State University




The Center of Excellence in Materials, Manufacturing Technologies, and Nanotechnology underscores the existing strength and comprehensive scope of materials research at The Ohio State University, harnessing the expertise of a group of scientists to meet the challenges of new technologies. Already nationally recognized for outstanding programs in materials science and engineering, Ohio State is one of only a few universities in the country that houses both an NSF Nanoscale Science and Technology Center and an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Ohio State's materials research community brings together more than 150 researchers across a broad variety of disciplines to make new discoveries in a wide variety of areas, including:

  • Magnetoelectroncs, the scientific foundations of spinpreserving networks for next-generation information processing
  • Nanoengineering of biomolecules and biocompatible nanoparticles for novel biomedical and therapeutic devices
  • Polymer photonics for the development of biosensors
  • Third generation thin fi lm photovoltaic materials for solar energy applications
  • Biocompatible Beta-titanium alloys for orthopedic implant

Driving Economic Advancement

The technological advances of the 21st century that will drive Ohio's future economy will not be possible without the development of new and dramatically different materials. Equally important is achieving high efficiency and productivity in manufacturing processes to utilize these new materials. Ohio State's Ohio Manufacturing Institute links Ohio research assets with manufacturers, while OSU's programs in logistics and its Center for Operational Excellence provide expertise in maximizing quality across the entire supply chain. Ohio's dominance in the polymer industry, together with its strong manufacturing base, will depend crucially on within-state expertise and advanced research and development in new materials. Further, Ohio's industries will need a talented, highly-educated workforce to bring new technologies to market and to expand their commercial reach. The Center of Excellence is pivotal in meeting these needs.


  • In 2009, Ohio State Institute for Materials Research members were principal investigators for sponsored research awards totaling over $116 million.


  • Place Ohio State firmly in the highest group of materials centers nationally in both academic reputation and economic impact


  • Continued growth in the number of large research and center grants
  • Number of Ph.D. students graduated per faculty member
  • Growth (revenue, number of companies) in Ohio-based industries related to materials