IMR partners with Ireland's Tyndall National Institute on collaborative research

Posted: July 5, 2021

The Ohio State University’s Institute for Materials Research (IMR) has partnered with the Tyndall National Institute of Ireland to initiate a new program to immediately advance international research projects and lay the groundwork for increasing research collaborations between the two entities.

The goal of the Tyndall-IMR Catalyst Program is to stimulate projects that build on complementary assets of both institutions and are likely to lead to near-term joint publication and joint proposal development for high-impact research in areas aligned with priorities of both. These include, but are not limited to, advanced semiconductors, photonics, emergent materials, quantum science and technologies, medical devices, sustainable materials and advanced manufacturing

Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Lab
Student researchers at the Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Laboratory (SEAL) at Ohio State

“Tyndall is a powerhouse research and innovation center in a number of areas that are well aligned with IMR’s signature areas and the interests of many of our faculty,” said Materials Science and Engineerng Professor Steven A. Ringel, IMR executive director. “We are honored by the establishment of this strategic, international partnership. The two pilot projects already underway highlight the wide range of our common interests, and I am looking forward to their success and further growing the Tyndall-IMR collaboration.”

Each Catalyst Program research team consists of a principal investigator from each institution, with complementary expertise and access to research facilities and instruments.

“We are proud to expand Tyndall’s successful Catalyst Award internationally in this collaboration with the Institute for Materials Research at The Ohio State University,” said Tyndall Chief Executive Officer William Scanlon. “The initiative has launched with projects from world-leading researchers at both locations and we look forward to seeing the positive impacts of their research come to light.”

The program is jointly administered by IMR and Tyndall, with Dr. Graeme Maxwell leading the Tyndall team. Maxwell is the head of Specialty Products and Services at Tyndall.

The Catalyst Program has already launched with two pilot projects in the areas of nanomagnetic materials with implications for future data storage technologies, and compound semiconductor-based photonic integration for future applications in fields that include on-chip biomolecule sensing for next generation medical devices. Projects receive funding for six months, covering facility and user fees, as well as other specific costs associated with lab work.

Advancing data storage through nanomagnetic materials explorations

Lynette Keeney of Tyndall designed a rare multiferroic (intertwining ferroelectric and ferromagnetic properties) material that allows for innovative ways of manipulating data and storing information.

In this exciting new project, Lynette has fostered a new collaboration with Materials Science and Engineering Professor David McComb, director of Ohio State’s Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS), and CEMAS Research Associate Núria Bagués Salguero. Their expertise in atomic resolution, direct electron detection and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) will allow the team to directly “see” the atoms responsible for ferromagnetic behavior and will enable them to determine the charge that these atoms carry.

These scientifically challenging experiments will progress the fundamental understandings of the factors controlling the unique multiferroic properties of this intriguing material, so that researchers can optimize properties for future data storage applications.

Photonic integrated circuits

Shamsul Arafin, an assistant professor in Ohio State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is collaborating with Tyndall’s III-V Materials and Devices Group Leader Brian Corbett. Their team is investigating materials and device technology that will lead to the development of visible light photonic integrated circuits (PICs).

Compact PICs based on visible light could be applied in monitoring, sensing, atomic clocks and information processing systems. For example, in healthcare, the technology could be leveraged for on-chip sensing to detect biomolecules.

Ohio State and Tyndall are an ideal match in the pursuit to develop a visible light platform. Researchers at Tyndall had previously established processes to incorporate active components by transfer printing for heterogeneous integration. Ohio State researchers have a deep interest in the topic with expertise in the design of PICs and lasers, as well as fabrication and measurement of lasers.

The team’s vision is to integrate on-chip pump lasers by transfer printing on the non-linear PIC to produce green light by second harmonic generation. In this pursuit, researchers will utilize spaces at both institutions: Tyndall’s Specialty Products and Services labs and Ohio State’s Nanotech West Laboratory, Semiconductor Epitaxy and Analysis Laboratory, and CEMAS.

by Mike Huson, IMR Communications Coordinator

Category: Research