Advanced Materials

Researchers and scientists in Ohio are developing exciting new classes of materials with unusual properties. Their ground-breaking studies are based on the study of atomic and molecular physics and chemistry and involve the processing of polymers, metals, ceramics and composite materials. For example, a chemist seeks a delicate balance of compounds to create a new class of magnets that could lead to a new ways to monitor medical implants. Other researchers are unlocking the properties of a new material that could replace silicon in the computer chip industry. And, another scientist is investigating "metamaterials" that could make cloaking devices a reality. World-class materials manufacturing industries have long driven the state's economy, with just under 105,000 workers across 1,184 establishments, according to a recent report by Battelle. The creation and testing of computational models through the Ohio Supercomputer Center continues to set the bar high for materials science research in Ohio, as described on the next few pages.