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DOE helps advance groundbreaking welding technology

A team of Ohio State University engineers has developed a new welding technique that could boost the auto industry’s efforts to offer vehicles that weigh less and are more fuel efficient.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $57 million in 35 new projects aimed at reducing the cost and improving the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel and conventional vehicles. Ohio State Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Glenn Daehn and his colleagues will receive $2.7 million to further develop vaporizing foil actuator welding (VFAW) as a viable technology for creating multi‐material, lightweight vehicles. Learn more.

In the lab (l to r) Graduate Research Associate Angshuman Kapil, Daehn and Vivek


Wei Zhang

American Welding Society honors Zhang

Wei Zhang, Associate Professor of Welding Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University, will receive one of his field’s top teaching honors when he accepts the American Welding Society’s (AWS) Adams Memorial Membership Award. The award is given as a way to recognize educators whose teaching activities have advanced the knowledge of welding at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Learn more.

I-V/Si multi-junction solar cells developed at The Ohio State University undergo illuminated current-voltage testing.

Engineers let the sunshine in

A research team at The Ohio State University is working to bring readily available solar cells closer to the gold standard of efficiency. Tyler Grassman, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, and Steven Ringel, Neal Smith Endowed Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, will expand their efforts on a new type of high-efficiency solar cell — a silicon-based tandem cell — closer to commercialization using highly scalable manufacturing processes. Learn more.

Alan Luo receives a plague for outstanding paper from Zi-Kui Liu of Penn State, editor-in-chief of “CALPHAD: Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry.

Luo honored for material design scholarship

Alan A. Luo, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Ohio State University, has been recognized for outstanding scholarship in the field of new material design methodology. He was honored at a recent international computational thermodynamics and materials conference in Japan for his outstanding contributions to new material design methodology. Learn more.

Center for Performance and Design of Nuclear Waste Forms and Containers (WastePD)

Frankel will lead nuclear waste disposal research

The Center for Performance and Design of Nuclear Waste Forms and Containers (WastePD) will receive $10 million over the next four years, and will be the first of DOE’s 36 Energy Frontier Research Centers nationwide to be headquartered in the state of Ohio. WastePD’s goal will be to “accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to support the DOE’s environmental management and nuclear cleanup mission,” DOE announced. Learn more.


Hemant Betrabet

Alumnus Hemant Betrabet

As The Ohio State University geared up for its Homecoming celebration, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering observed a homecoming of its own, celebrating the return of Hemant Betrabet to present the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture. Betrabet, '86, outlined his 30-year professional journey for an audience of students, staff and faculty. Learn more.


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