History

2006

  • Initial support for ENCOMM put forward by the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • ENCOMM successfully competes for a "Targeted Investment in Excellence" (TIE) award as part of the Advanced Materials Initiative within OSU (a collaboration between ENCOMM, the Institute for Materials Research, IMR, and the Campus Electron Optics Facility, CEOF)
  • First round of team building initiated with focus on the development of a successful proposal to NSF for a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
  • First round of ENCOMM seed funding distributed to support nascent team building efforts
  • ENCOMM takes over the Materials Preparation Facility (MPF) from the Department of Physics and establishes the ENCOMM Nanosystems Laboratory (ENSL)
    • Open to the entire OSU research community as well as area universities and business
    • $3,000,000 in TIE funds targeted to updating equipment consistent with team building activities

2007

  • Two ENCOMM-supported teams (Interdisciplinary Research Groups; IRGs) successfully compete for 2 of 4 IRG slots in Ohio State's MRSEC proposal
    • IRG-1: Towards Heterogeneous, Spin Preserving Networks
    • IRG-2: Double Perovskite Interfaces and Heterostructures

2008

  • Successful NSF MRSEC proposal results in the creation of the Center for Emergent Materials (CEM), comprised of two IRGs (IRG-1 and IRG-2, above) as well as outreach and workforce development initiatives ($17,000,000 over six years)

2009

  • In partnership with CEM and IMR, ENCOMM sponsors successful NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award to acquire two synthesis tools ($700,000)
    • Microwave-plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) tool for thin-film diamond growth (located in ENSL)
    • Ammonia-based III-N molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) tool for high optical quality nitride synthesis (located in the Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Laboratory, SEAL)

2010

  • In partnership with CEM, ENCOMM sponsors a second successful NSF MRI proposal for the acquisition of a Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS) to be located in ENSL ($800,000). Capabilities include measurements of electronic transport, magnetization and atomic force microscopy at temperatures down to 1.2 K and magnetic fields up to 14 T.
  • The linking of independent seed funding efforts within CEM, IMR and ENCOMM leads to the creation of the integrated Ohio State Materials Seed Grant Program. This effort collates the various seed programs into three "tiers" of seed funding:
    • proto-IRG: This tier is team focused and targeted explicitly on nucleating new IRGs for the CEM renewal in 2014
    • Multidisciplinary Team Building Grant (MTBG): This tier is also team focused, but is more broadly directed at block funding opportunities throughout the materials research community
    • Exploratory Materials Research Grant (EMRG): This tier is open to either single PIs or teams and is focused on developing true "blue sky" ideas to the point where they are competitive for federal funding.

2011

  • Transition in leadership as Prof. Ezekiel Johnston-Halperin is appointed Director of ENCOMM, replacing Prof. Chris Hammel as he assumes Directorship of CEM (Prof. Hammel remains an active member of the ENCOMM Science Board).
  • ENSL is reorganized to separate operations from new equipment acquisition. Prof. Fengyuan Yang is appointed as Chair of the User's Committee and the facility is renamed Nanosystems Laboratory (NSL) to reflect the new structure. ENCOMM maintains a central role in identifying and acquiring new tools to maintain the relevance and efficacy of Ohio State's materials research infrastructure, but the NSL User's Committee is now responsible for day-to-day operation of the facility.
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