The Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (formerly the Center for Materials Research and Analysis) was founded by the Board of Regents in 1988 to serve as the focal point of interdisciplinary research in materials in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Technology. The overall goal of NCMN is to provide for the State of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska a nationally recognized center of excellence in materials research science and engineering, nanoscience, and nanotechnology.
The Center is strengthened by a rather broad research purview, with participation by a wide variety of faculty from UNL Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Physics, UNO Chemistry, UNO Physics, UNMC, and UNK Chemistry. At present about 142 graduate students, 20 undergraduate students, 20 postdocs or visiting scientists, and 10 technical staff are involved in research in the Center.
Specific aims are: to perform and publish world-class research; to educate students in the relevant scientific and engineering disciplines; to promote interdisciplinary group and single-investigator grants to improve the university’s national research competitiveness; and to contribute to the economic development of Nebraska through industrial collaborations, spin-offs, materials analyses, and tech transfer to companies. In 1988 there were about 40 faculty in NCMN with about $1.0 million in annual external research funding. Current NCMN membership is 100 and the annual external research funding 2014 figure is $ 14.7 million.
This rapid growth in external research funding is the most notable achievement of NCMN faculty.
In September 2012, NCMN moved into a new building, the Voelte-Keegan Nanoscience Research Center, on the corner of 16th & W. Media coverage was provided in the Lincoln Journal Star, Science News 360, UNL Media Hub, and UNL Today.
NCMN is a multidisciplinary organization with 100 members from UNL and other University of Nebraska campuses. We are concerned with atomic manipulation, properties affected by nanoscale dimensions, self-assembly, ordered nanoarrays, quantum dots and wires, nanoelectronics, quantum computing, nanomechanics, nanooptics, molecular design, nanoelectro-mechanical systems, and nanobiological function and life sciences.