The Ohio State University Materials Research Seed Grant Program

2017-2018 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

2016-2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

2015-2016 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

2014-2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

2013-2014 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

2012-2013 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

2011-2012 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the 2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals are now available.  This internal seed grant program is open to the Ohio State University materials community and offers two funding tiers to cover the breadth of materials research at OSU.

2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals [pdf]

The three funding tiers of the 2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program are:

  1. Proto-IRG Grants provide funds up to $100,000/year per award in direct costs, require one Principal Investigator (PI) and two Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs), and may have unfunded collaborators with the goal of forming new Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) that could be incorporated into the CEM renewal proposal in 2018.
  2. Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants, provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI and one Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities, such as the NSF MRSEC program.
  3. Exploratory Materials Research Grants, provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

2017 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program - Key Dates

  • Request for Proposals Issued:  Friday, September 30, 2016
  • Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion:  Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Letters of Intent Due: Monday, December 5, 2016 at 5:00 PM
  • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants Funding Tier Proposal Team Mandatory Presentations:  January 18, 25, February 1, 2017 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Proposals Due (all Funding Tiers):  Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM
  • Awards Announced (anticipated): July 2017
  • Funded Projects Start Date (anticipated): September 1, 2017

2016 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the 2016 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals are now available.  This internal seed grant program is open to the Ohio State University materials community and offers two funding tiers to cover the breadth of materials research at OSU.

2016 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals [pdf]

The two funding tiers of the 2016 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program are:

  1. Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants, which provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI and one Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities, such as the NSF MRSEC program.
  2. Exploratory Materials Research Grants, which provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

2016 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program - Key Dates

  • Request for Proposals Issued:  Friday, September 4, 2015
  • Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion:  Wednesday, November 4, 2015 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Letters of Intent Due: Monday, December 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants Funding Tier Proposal Team Mandatory Presentations:  January 27, February 10 and 24, 2016 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Proposals Due (all Funding Tiers):  Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:00 PM
  • Awards Announced (anticipated): July 2016
  • Funded Projects Start Date (anticipated): September 1, 2016

2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

We are pleased to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, 9 awards have been made to fund innovative and exciting materials research on campus through the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program. These awards total $420,000 in internal research funding to 15 OSU researchers in 5 departments. The program was able to fund 47% of the proposals submitted this year; 9 out of a total 19.

Congratulations to the nine research teams whose projects were selected this year for seed grant funding.

2015 Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants

Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants form multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities. Three Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants were awarded this year:

DNA devices for probing nanoscale physics of fluids

  • Prof. Carlos Castro, Prof. Michael Poirier, Prof. Shaurya Prakash, Prof. Soheil Soghrati

Studies of dopant dynamics using microscopy at atomic length and femtosecond time scales

  • Prof. Jay Gupta, Prof. Enam Chowdhury

Skyrmions in Low-Dimensional Chiral Magnets

  • Prof. Mohit Randeria, Prof. Roland Kawakami, Dr. Sarah Dunsiger

2015 Exploratory Materials Research Grants

Exploratory Materials Research Grants enable nascent materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding. Six Exploratory Materials Research Grants were awarded this year:


Investigating Crystallization Mechanisms of Microporous Materials Using Ion Mobility-Mass Spectrometry

  • Prof. Nicholas Brunelli

First-principles study of dislocation core structures and properties in multi-principal-element alloys

  • Prof. Maryam Ghazisaeidi

Direct Imaging of Atomic Scale Electromagnetic Fields in Functional Materials

  • Prof. Jinwoo Hwang

Developing electrodes for hydrogen production based on robust biological catalysts

  • Prof. Hannah Shafaat

Exploration of the Anomalous Hall Effect at Terahertz Frequencies

  • Prof. Valdés Aguilar

Development of Epitaxial Film Growth of Group V-VI Topological Insulators by Molecular Beam Epitaxy

  • Prof. Fengyuan Yan

2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the 2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals are now available.  This internal seed grant program is open to the Ohio State University materials community and offers two funding tiers to cover the breadth of materials research at OSU.

2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals [pdf]

The two funding tiers of the 2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program are:

  1. Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants, which provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI and one Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities.
  2. Exploratory Materials Research Grants, which provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

2015 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program - Key Dates

  • Request for Proposals Issued:  Friday, December 5, 2014
  • Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion:  Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Letters of Intent Due: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants Funding Tier Proposal Team Mandatory Presentations:  February 4, 11, or 25, 2015 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Proposals Due (all Funding Tiers):  Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM
  • Awards Announced (anticipated): July 2015
  • Funded Projects Start Date (anticipated): September 1, 2015

2014 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the 2014 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals are now available.  This internal seed grant program is open to the Ohio State University materials community and offers two funding tiers to cover the breadth of materials research at OSU.

2014 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals [pdf]

The two funding tiers of the 2014 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program are:

  1. Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants, which provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI and one Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities.
  2. Exploratory Materials Research Grants, which provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators, with the goal of enabling nascent and innovative materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

2014 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program - Key Dates

  • Request for Proposals Issued:  Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Seed Grant Program Panel Discussion:  Wednesday, November 6, 2013 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Letters of Intent Due
  • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants Funding Tier:  Monday, December 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM
  • Exploratory Materials Research Grants Funding Tier:  Monday, January 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM
  • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants Funding Tier Proposal Team Mandatory Presentations:  February 5, 12, 19, or 26, 2014 (4:15 – 5:15 PM, room 4138 Physics Research Building)
  • Proposals Due (all Funding Tiers):  Monday, March 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM
  • Awards Announced (anticipated):  July 2014
  • Funded Projects Start Date (anticipated):  early August 2014

 

2013 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

We are pleased to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, six awards have been made to fund innovative and exciting materials research on campus through the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program.  These awards total $280,000 in internal research funding to 17 OSU researchers in six departments.

Congratulations to the six research teams whose projects were selected this year for seed grant funding.   Full abstracts for each of these research projects is available online at the following link: 

2013 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Awards [pdf]

2013 Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants

Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants form multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities.  Two Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants were awarded this year:

  • "Towards an Atomic Scale Understanding of CO2 Photocatalysis", Principal Investigator: Jay Gupta, Physics; Co-Investigator: Aravaind Ashtagiri, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • "Next Generation 2D Semiconductor Heterostructures", Principal Investigator: Siddharth Rajan, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Co-Investigator: Yiying Wu, Chemistry; Collaborators: Roberto Myers, Materials Science and Engineering; Wu Lu, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Wolfgang Windl, Materials Science and Engineering

2013 Exploratory Materials Research Grants

Exploratory Materials Research Grants enable nascent materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.  Four Exploratory Materials Research Grants were awarded this year:

  • "Enabling High-Efficiency Thin-Film CIGS Photovoltaics through Nanometer-Scale Defect Identification", Principal Investigator: Aaron Arehart, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Co-Investigators: Tyler Grassman, Materials Science and Engineering; Jonathan Pelz, Physics; Collaborators: David McComb, Materials Science and Engineering; Sylvain Marsillac, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University
  • "A New Approach for Contactless Transport Measurements", Principal Investigator: Thomas Gramila, Physics
  • "Engineering the Morphology of Ionenes for Self-Healing and Self-Destructing Materials", Principal Investigator: Lisa Hall, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Co-Investigator: Vishnu Baba Sundaresan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Collaborator: Timothy Long, Chemistry, Virginia Tech
  • "Pulsed Laser Deposition Synthesized Heterostructures, Nanostructures, and Graded Nanostructure Engineered Materials", Principal Investigator: Michael Sumption, Materials Science and Engineering; Co-Investigator: Roberto Myers, Materials Science and Engineering

2013 Seed Program Annoucement

2013 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals [pdf]

The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program is an internal research funding program with 2 funding tiers to seed excellence in materials research
The two Funding Tiers are:

  1. Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants, which provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI and one Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities.
  2. Exploratory Materials Research Grants, which provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators, with the goal of enabling nascent materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

2012-2013 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program

2012-2013 OSU Materials Seed Grant Program Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s OSU Materials Seed Grant Program.  This year we are funding four Exploratory tier proposals, two Multidisciplinary Team Building tier proposals and three Proto-IRG tier proposals.

The Exploratory tier proposals:

  • Carlos Castro,  DNA-based molecular actuators for novel smart material systems
  • Anne Co, Modifying the kinetics and selectivity of CO2 electroreduction through ionic liquid-electrode interactions
  • Jose Castro, New approach to Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding of plastic parts: Nanopaper in-mold coating
  • Yiying Wu, Rechargeable potassium-air batteries with high energy storage and efficiency

The Multidisciplinary Team Building proposals:

  • Marcello Canova, Experimental analysis and modeling of lithium diffusion in current collectors and electrodes of Li-ion batteries using neutron depth profiling
  • Jianjun Guan, Engineered heart tissue: a multidisciplinary team centered on scaffold structure and mechanics

The Proto-IRG tier proposals:

  • Michael Poirier, Functional dynamics of DNA scaffolded materials
  • Roberto Myers, Thermal spintronics: materials for enhanced heat-spin interactions
  • Josh Goldberger, Band structure engineering on Si/Ge/Sn graphene analogues

2012-2013 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Request for Proposals [pdf]

Letters of intent are now being accepted for the 2012 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program.

Letters of intent are due March 19, 2012 and full proposals are due April 16, 2012.

The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program is an internal research funding program with 3 funding tiers to seed excellence in materials research
The three Funding Tiers are:

  1. Proto-IRG Grants, which provide funds up to $100,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one Principal Investigator (PI) and two Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs), and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming new Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) that could be incorporated into the CEM renewal proposal in 2013.
  2.  Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants, which provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI and one Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators, with the goal of forming multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities.
  3. Exploratory Materials Research Grants, which provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, and require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators, with the goal of enabling nascent materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding.

 2011-2012 OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program Awards

This Winter, the new OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program was established as an enhanced seed program unifying the primary internal research funding opportunities offered by the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), the Center for Electronic and Magnetic Nanoscale Composite Multifunctional Materials (ENCOMM), and the Institute for Materials Research (IMR). The OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program provides three distinct Funding Tiers designed to achieve the greatest impact for seeding and advancing excellence in materials research of varying scopes.
We are excited to announce that after a thorough internal and external review process, seven new one-year awards have been made to fund innovative and exciting materials research on campus through the OSU Materials Research Seed Grant Program. These awards total $480,000 in internal research funding to 15 OSU researchers in seven departments.

2011-2012 Proto-IRG Grants

Proto-IRG Grants provide funds up to $100,000/year per award in direct costs, require one Principal Investigator (PI) and two Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PIs), and may have unfunded collaborators. Proto-IRG Grants have the goal of forming new Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) that could be incorporated into the CEM renewal proposal in 2013. Three Proto-IRG Grants were awarded this year:

1. Thermal Spintronics: Engineering Spin Currents and Dissipation
Principal Investigator: Roberto Myers, Materials Science & Engineering; Co-Investigators: Joseph Heremans, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin, Physics
Abstract: This proposal aims to continue the proto-IRG begun last year to study the thermodynamics of spin transport and magnetism in semiconductors through the development of new materials and measurement schemes that combine spintronic materials with high sensitivity thermal transport and calorimetry. In one year of work we have studied the thermal generation of local spin currents in several materials, uncovering a material dependence to the spin-Seebeck effect as well as experimentally revealing the phonon-driven nature of the microscopic physics. Additionally we have begun development of new experimental schemes for studying thermal dissipation due to spin injection/transport, as well as developed new materials for spin injection and magnetism in semiconductors. In the second year, we will expand the scope of our experimental and theoretical efforts through a team of internationally renowned collaborators. Projects include theoretical modeling of our spin-Seebeck data taking into account the recently uncovered phononspin physics, spin calorimetry using free standing membranes to examine the dissipation due to optical spin injection, and microwave spin-injection into wide band gap semiconductors. Our proto-IRG team will be strengthened through continued co-authored publication of our results in high impact journals and their dissemination at international conferences.

2. Characterization & Synthesis of Mimetic Cell-Secreted Exosomes for Cell Signaling
Principal Investigator: Michael Paulaitis; Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Co-Investigators: Andre Palmer, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Chia-Hsiang Menq, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Abstract: We propose to design and assemble synthetic vesicles that have the structural, mechanical, and biophysical/chemical characteristics of cell-derived exosomes – small (< 200 nm diameter) membrane encapsulated particles secreted by cells in response to specific intracellular signals. Exosomes have biological significance as intercellular signaling complexes, most notably, through their ability to transmit genetic information that can effectively trigger the reprogramming of target cells. Although the cell signaling functions attributed to exosomes depend critically on their specific interactions with target cells and subsequent internalization of their contents, the targeting mechanisms, as well as the biophysics of membrane adhesion and fusion, in general, are poorly understood. The overall objective of this project is to resolve these exosome-specific targeting mechanisms. To meet this objective, we will create synthetic exosomes that mimic properties of cell-derived exosomes considered to be important factors controlling these mechanisms, and then systematically study how these properties affect exosome binding and fusion to cell membranes. An important component of the project is to devise cell-membrane models to study exosome binding and fusion, and to measure the kinetics of these processes. Our long-range goal is to predict the target cells of biological exosomes as a means to control this mode of intercellular communications.

3. Magnetic Resonance Studies of Chromatin Dynamics and Function
Principal Investigator: Michael Poirier, Physics; Co-Investigators: Chris Hammel, Physics; Christopher Jaroniec, Chemistry
Abstract: Each human cell contains a complete genome where all of our genetic information is encoded within DNA molecules that total a meter in length. Normal functioning cells use only a fraction of the genes encoded into their DNA, which implies that each cell must control which genes are expressed. This is accomplished by changes in the physical compaction of the DNA molecules into a highly conserved structural polymer, chromatin. This implies that changes in the physical and material properties of our genome are a central mechanism for regulating gene expression and stability. A human chromosome contains a centimeter length DNA polymer that appears to be organized into a multi-level structure. However, beyond the first level of DNA organization, little is known about chromosome structure and dynamics. We are investigating the structure and dynamics of an intermediate level of chromosome organization, chromatin, by using established magnetic resonance techniques, solid state NMR and EPR, and developing optically detected magnetic resonance at the single molecule level. Renewal of this seed project will continue the development of a multi-disciplinary group that aims to understand the physical and material properties of entire human chromosomes.
 

2011-2012 Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants

Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants provide funds up to $60,000/year per award in direct costs, require one PI and one Co-PI, and may have unfunded collaborators. The goal of the Multidisciplinary Team Building Grants is to form multidisciplinary materials research teams that can compete effectively for federal block-funding opportunities. One Multidisciplinary Team Building Grant was awarded this year:

1. Engineered Heart Tissue: A Multidisciplinary Team Centered on Scaffold Structure and Mechanics
Principal Investigator: Jianjun Guan, Materials Science & Engineering; Co-Investigators: Gunjan Agarwal, Biomedical Engineering; Peter Anderson, Materials Science & Engineering
Abstract: A multidisciplinary team spanning three academic departments is proposed to enhance both the intellectual merit and broader impacts of engineered heart tissue research at The Ohio State University. The intellectual merit is to understand how the material design of 3D fiber scaffolds, coupled with cells that can secrete collagen with tunable properties, can be used to direct stem cell differentiation into heart cells. A structured set of key aims will demonstrate the ability of 3D fiber arrays to regulate differentiation, and then correlate this differentiation with the material properties of the collagen matrix and the material design of the fiber scaffold. This effort draws on recent developments of how 2D material environments affect cell differentiation, by expanding to 3D fibrous structures that are inherent in heart tissue. The broader impacts are to support two graduate students in a unique educational setting not available in a single academic setting. It will identify and strengthen a multidisciplinary team for future block grant funding not currently available to OSU researchers, and foster new interaction between the medical and physical sciences at OSU.

2011-2012 Exploratory Materials Research Grants

Exploratory Materials Research Grants provide funds up to $40,000/year per award in direct costs, require one PI, and may have Co-PIs and/or unfunded collaborators. The goal of the Exploratory Materials Research Grants is to enable nascent materials research to emerge to the point of being competitive for external funding. Three Exploratory Materials Research Grants were awarded this year:

1. Towards Si- Graphene Analogues: Development of Air- and Water-Stable Layered Polysilanes
Principal Investigator: Joshua Goldberger, Chemistry
Abstract: Since the discovery of single-layer graphene’s unique electronic properties, there has been great interest in the synthesis, properties, and application of single layers of graphene and other inorganic twodimensional layered sheets. Even with graphene’s success, there are many potential applications that would benefit with the advent of single-layer sheet materials that have a direct and tunable band gap, and can be chemically functionalized. These properties can be achieved in layered polysilanes, the singleatom thick silicon sp3-hybridized analogue of graphene. Application of these layered polysilanes has been limited due to their relative ease of oxidation in air and water environment. The focus of this proposal is to establish the synthetic chemistry of passivating these layered polysilanes with organic functional groups for the purpose of increasing their resistance towards oxidation in air and water. We will also study how the electronegativity of the passivating component can be used to tune the band gap of the material. Creating air- and water-stable derivatives of these graphene analogues would enable their integration and study into a host of applications including photovoltaics, spintronics, molecular electronics, and thermoelectrics.

2. Atomic Scale Characterization of Defects in Wide Bandgap Semiconductors
Principal Investigator: Jay Gupta, Physics; Co-Investigator: Leonard Brillson, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Abstract: A microscopic understanding of interfacial defects is important in a variety of emerging fields, from silicon-based nanoelectronics to advanced structural materials to next-generation catalysts. The principal objective of this seed proposal is to build core synergies for multi-scale characterization of interfacial defects in oxides and wide-gap semiconductors. We propose to integrate scanned probe, electron beam and optical methods to study interfacial defects in TiO2, with nm-scale depth and lateral resolution. Molecular beam epitaxy will be used to grow thin films with a variety of interfaces and defect distributions. These studies will lay a foundation for understanding photocatalysis, charge transport, and ferromagnetism in such materials. The target and scope of this seed research were chosen to enhance future block funding proposals built on existing local programs.

3. Sonochemical Synthesis of Metal Hydrides
Principal Investigator: Yiying Wu, Chemistry
Abstract: The objective of this proposal is to understand the fundamental mechanism of the sonochemical synthesis of metal hydrides and to develop sonochemistry into a general synthetic method. This exploratory proposal represents the first effort to utilize sonochemistry for the synthesis of hydrides, which have wellknown applications in organic synthesis, rocket propellant, hydrogen storage and rechargeable batteries. The proposal is based on our recent discovery that ultrasound irradiation of an aqueous Cu2+ solution can produce pure CuH products. This is the first time that a metal hydride has been synthesized through sonochemistry. We believe new materials chemistry can come out from this study, which will expand our knowledge of sonochemistry and its applications in materials synthesis. In the proposal, a reaction mechanism is proposed and a research plan is outlined to examine this mechanism and to optimize the production yield of CuH. Moreover, we will explore sonochemistry in non-aqueous solutions in order to expand the synthetic method to other materials such as LiNH2 and hydrazine, N2H4. These materials have important applications in hydrogen storage and rocket propellant. Results and publications obtained from this seed project will help us pursue external funding from NSF, AFOSR and DOE.


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