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ECE faculty among Frontier Center inaugural research proposal winners

The IIT Bombay-Ohio State Frontier Science and Engineering Research Center announced its inaugural round of awards to six collaborative research teams under its Frontier Center Scholars Program.

Several Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) faculty from The Ohio State University were named among the winning proposals picked to begin a new collaborative research focus with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB).

Projects set to receive Frontier Center Scholar Grants bring together common research expertise between both entities, to help push the frontier of science and engineering research beyond what could be accomplished separately.

Each team features shared principal investigators, as well as one doctoral student who will spend at least four months at the partnering university as a Frontier Center Scholar.

The winning ECE faculty proposals include:

Integration of Zero-Leakage NEMS Switch with a Flexible Antenna for RF Energy Harvesting

Principal investigators: Nima Ghalichechian (ECE, Ohio State) and Maryam Shojaei Baghini (Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay)

Frontier Center Scholar: Sumit Saha (IIT Bombay)

Selling Renewable Generation to Flexible Consumers with a Data-Driven Tariff Scheme

Principal investigators: Abhishek Gupta (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ohio State) and Anku A. Kulkarni (Systems and Control Engineering, IIT Bombay)

Frontier Center Scholar: Anuj S. Vora (IIT Bombay)

Towards Rugged SiC Technology for Electric Transportation

Principal investigators: Anant Agarwal (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ohio State) and Swaroop Ganguly (Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay)

Frontier Center Scholar: Suvendu Nayak (IIT Bombay)

“These projects leverage complementary expertise at the two institutions and cover a broad spectrum of topics ranging from quantum materials to electric vehicles,” said Frontier Center co-leader Saurabh Lodha, professor in IIT Bombay’s Department of Electrical Engineering. “We are confident these projects will have a direct and positive impact on critical technology challenges in renewable energy, manufacturing, transportation and computing.”

The Frontier Center launched this year with the mission to create a global community of researchers, students and industry by leveraging both universities’ complementary strengths in materials, devices, components and systems.

“These grants are investments in furthering the education of up-and-coming researchers, paving new roads in research, and creating and translating knowledge into the real world to benefit society,” said Frontier Center co-leader Sanjay Krishna, Ohio State’s George R. Smith Chair in Engineering and ECE professor.

Winning projects were selected by the center’s leadership team of professors from both the IIT Bombay and Ohio State. The Frontier Center sought proposals from teams aiming to kick-start cutting-edge research related to renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, electronics, photonics, and emergent materials.

The additional winning proposals include:

Additive Manufacturing of Lightweight High Entropy Alloys

Principal investigators: Alan Luo (Materials Science and Engineering, Ohio State) and Asim Tewari (Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay)

Co-investigators: Edward D. Herderick (Ohio State) and Sushil Mishra (IIT Bombay)

Frontier Center Scholar: Deepak Soman (IIT Bombay)

Emergent Quantum Spin Liquid Phases in Quantum Materials

Principal investigators: Nandini Trivedi (Physics, Ohio State) and Avinash Mahajan (Physics, IIT Bombay)

Frontier Center Scholar: Sanjay Bachhar (IIT Bombay)

Modeling Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticle Phase Behavior

Principal investigators: Lisa Hall (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Ohio State) and Mukta Tripathy (Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay)

Frontier Center Scholar: Felipe Fabricio Pacci Evaristo (Ohio State)

Grant awards were announced Dec. 13 at the IIT Bombay campus in Mumbai, India. The Frontier Center will issue a second call for proposals in Spring 2020. 

Leanr more about the center here.