University Research, Education and Policy Partners

To effectively address the energy and related environmental issues facing our state, our nation, and our world, partnerships are essential. The Office of Energy and Environment at Ohio State University serves to coordinate and expand the partnerships of the many energy and environment-related Ohio State research centers. (Scroll below list for center descriptions.)

Academic Center for Excellence in Instrumentation, Control and Safety

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

Carbon Management and Sequestration Center

Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS)

Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence

Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS)

Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV)

Center for High Performance Power Electronics (CHPPE)

Center for Resilience

Center for Superconducting and Magnetic Materials

Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)

Clean Energy Research Laboratory

Coal Combustion Products Extension Program (CCP)

Institute for Materials Research (IMR)

John Glenn School of Public Affairs

NanoSystems Laboratory (NSL)

Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)

Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC)

Ohio Manufacturing Institute (OMI)

Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)

Ohio Water Resources Center (OWRC)

Propulsion and Power Center (PPC)

School of Environment and Natural Resources

Service Testing and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab)

Subsurface Energy Materials Characterization & Analysis Laboratory (SEMCAL)

Subsurface Energy Resource Center (SERC)

Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC)

More about our partners:

Academic Center for Excellence in Instrumentation, Control and Safety
The Academic Center for Excellence in Instrumentation, Control and Safety provides strategic direction and guidance in the development of research related to the instrumentation, control and safety of advanced nuclear energy systems.

Byrd Polar Research Center
The Byrd Polar Research Center is recognized internationally as a leader in polar and alpine research, focusing on the role of cold regions in the global climate system and encompassing geological sciences, geochemistry, glaciology, paleoclimatology, meteorology, remote sensing, ocean dynamics and the history of polar exploration.

Carbon Management and Sequestration Center
The Carbon Management and Sequestration Center conducts research on the best methods for reducing atmospheric CO2 through sustainable land management practices and investigates strategies to enhance food security, improve water use efficiency and reduce poverty.

Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS)
Research at the Center for Applied Plant Sciences spans the continuum between basic research and practical solutions to challenges in photosynthesis and carbon fixation; biomass and bioproducts; crop improvement and functional foods; and plant-microbe interactions.

Center for Automotive Research (CAR)
The Center for Automotive Research, an interdisciplinary research center in the College of Engineering, focuses on advanced electric propulsion and energy storage systems; advanced engines and alternative fuels for reduced fuel consumption and emissions; intelligent transportation and vehicular communication systems; autonomous vehicles; noise, vibrations, and dynamics; vehicle chassis systems; and vehicle and occupant safety.

Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence (CDME)

The Center for Design & Manufacturing Excellence (CDME) is the center for integrated design, commercialization, and manufacturing.

Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis (CEMAS)

The Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis is one of the largest concentrations of electron and ion beam analytical microscopy instruments in any North American institution. Housed in a custom-designed environment located on West Campus, this facility provides a world-class environment for five transmission electron microscopes (TEM), three scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and two dual-beam focused ion beam (FIB) instruments.

Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV)

The OSU Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV) brings together researchers from diverse disciplines to explore the foundations of moral judgment and to promote informed deliberation about issues of public policy that raise ethical issues.

Center for High Performance Power Electronics (CHPPE)
The Center for High Performance Power Electronics is a world-class power electronics laboratory designed to exploit the high temperature, high frequency operation and efficiency advantages of silicon carbide based power electronics. With initial applications in the aerospace and automotive industries, the technology ultimately will offer innovation to numerous other industries that utilize power electronics.

Center for Resilience
The Center for Resilience, which studies risk management and sustainability, is dedicated to improving the resilience of industrial systems and the environments in which they operate.

Center for Superconducting and Magnetic Materials
Superconducting materials are of interest in a number of energy related areas. CSMM presently has programs in fault current limiters, SMES, and fusion conductors, and is actively pursuing programs in wind turbine generators.

Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)
CURA conducts research and provides service and outreach on critical issues and public policies in urban and regional development and their impacts on the economy, society, environment and public health.

Clean Energy Research Laboratory

The multiphase flow and powder reaction engineering laboratory is engaged in teaching and research in both the fundamentals and applications of fluidization and fluid-particle principles, powder technology and multiphase reactor engineering.

Coal Combustion Products Extension Program (CCP)
The primary objective of the CCP Extension Program is the development, assessment and technology transfer of promising technologies for commercial and end-use sectors to increase the utilization rate of coal combustion products in Ohio.

Environmental Sciences Network (ESN)
The central information hub for environmental researchers and academic units at Ohio State, the Environmental Sciences Network helps collaborators find funding; advocates for environmental interdisciplinary work within the university; connects a university network of individuals and groups; and serves as the external face of the university’s environmental sciences.

Institute for Materials Research (IMR)
IMR is a campus-wide, multidisciplinary institute that works with Ohio State colleges and departments to facilitate, promote and coordinate research activities and infrastructure related to the science and engineering of materials.

John Glenn School of Public Affairs
The Glenn School prepares professionals for public service and challenges students and the general public to be involved in the civic life of their communities. In addition, the Glenn School provides applied research on public policy issues that directly affect the citizens of Ohio and the nation.

NanoSystems Laboratory (NSL)
The goal of NanoSystems Laboratory, located in the Physics Research Building, is to provide academic and industrial users with access to advanced material characterization and fabrication tools for research and development applications. Research capabilities available at NSL include focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy, e-beam lithography, nanomanipulation, EDS X-ray microanalysis, X-ray diffractometry, SQUID magnetometry, atomic force/magnetic force microscopy, low temperature magnetotransport measurements and Langmuir-Blodgett trough monolayer deposition.

Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

Our facility is used for a wide range of research endeavors, including neutron activation analysis (NAA), radiation-damage evaluation for electronic components and for other materials, evaluation of neutron and radiation sensitive detectors, isotope production, and biomedical experiments.

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC)
OARDC is a premier institution committed to safe, healthy, and affordable food and agricultural products; sustainable food and agricultural systems; strong rural and urban communities; stewardship of natural resources and the environment; keeping Ohio positioned favorably in a global economy. Its signature research areas are Food Security, Production and Human Health; Advanced Bioenergy and Biobased Products; and Environmental Quality and Sustainability.

Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC)
The Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center integrates academia and industry toward the development and commercialization of renewable specialty chemicals, polymers/plastics and advanced materials in bioproducts to enhance Ohio’s economic growth.

Ohio Manufacturing Institute (OMI)
The mission of the Ohio Manufacturing Institute (OMI) is to make the technical resources of The Ohio State University easily accessible to industry and to facilitate their use for economic development. OMI provides manufacturers a quick and cost-effective mechanism to collaborate with Ohio State, including testing, development, applied research, and manufacturing process support. This is achieved by teaming industry needs with university assets such as faculty expertise, student engagement, and access to university labs and test equipment.

Ohio Sea Grant College Program
Ohio Sea Grant is a statewide program that supports greater knowledge and stewardship of Lake Erie and the Great Lakes through research, education and outreach.

Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC)
The Ohio Supercomputer Center provides supercomputing, cyberinfrastructure, research and educational resources to a diverse state and national community, including education, academic research, industry and state government.

Ohio Water Resources Center (OWRC)
The Ohio Water Resources Center promotes innovative, water-related research in Ohio through research grant competitions, coordination of interdisciplinary research proposals, and educational outreach activities.

Propulsion and Power Center (PPC)
The Propulsion and Power Center focuses on research and technology development as well as commercialization and education related to aircraft propulsion, land- and marine-based power generation, wind turbines, energy needs and the environment.

School of Environment and Natural Resources
The School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University is an interdisciplinary academic unit dedicated to the use and management of natural resources in an economically efficient, environmentally compatible and socially responsible manner.

Service Testing and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab)

STAR Lab, located on the OARDC/Wooster campus, provides researchers with accurate and precise results of sample analysis. The lab offers a variety of inorganic chemical analyses of different environmental and agricultural materials. Analysis offered at the lab includes testing of standard soil; water quality; and plant, animal tissue and feed.

Subsurface Energy Materials Characterization & Analysis Laboratory (SEMCAL)

SEMCAL is a state-of-the-art chemical and physical property core measurement laboratory for research in all areas of subsurface energy, especially CO2 sequestration and shale gas.

Subsurface Energy Resource Center (SERC)
SERC contributes to the knowledge of subsurface resource development and its associated environmental issues; serves as a resource to policy makers; and serves as an “honest broker” to interface between industry, government agencies and non-government organizations.

Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park
The Olentangy River Wetland Research Park is a long-term, large-scale wetland research facility designed to provide teaching, research and service related to wetland and river science and ecological engineering with goals to understand how wetlands function and if and how we can create and restore wetlands.

Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization (PVIC)
Through the efforts of partner universities, government entities, businesses and supporting organizations, PVIC finds paths to reduce solar costs and improve technologies and transfer those successes from the laboratory to the production line.

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