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Argyropoulos Receives Fellowship and Award
Christos Argyropoulos

Christos Argyropoulos has been chosen an Office of Naval Research Fellow and will spend 10 weeks this summer at the NRL in Washington, D.C. He has also recently received the Young Scientist Award from the International Union of Radio Science to attend their General Assembly in Montreal, Canada from August 19-26. (4/27/17)


NCMN Members Earn Promotion, Tenure
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Three NCMN faculty members are earning promotions. Promoted to full professor: Shannon Bartelt-Hunt and Kirill Belashchenko. Promoted to associate professor and granted tenure: Jian Zhang. Congratulations! (4/24/17)

Huang & Team Publish Perovskite Research
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang and team authored a study in Nature Photonics April 17. The study demonstrates a technique for bonding single crystals of perovskite onto a range of foundational materials that include silicon. (4/21/17)


Thermal Diode Allows Heat as Energy Source
Ndao thermal diode

Sidy Ndao and grad student Mahmoud Elzouka have created a thermal diode that will allow computers to use heat as an energy source to allow their operation in ultra-high temperatures. Their findings were published in Scientific Reports. (4/17/17)


Perovskite Holds Potential for Solar Energy
Zeng perovskite cover image

Xiao Cheng Zeng and team published the cover article of the April 5 issue of Advanced Energy Materials. The illustration shows the molecular structure of an organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite material that holds potential for the generation of solar energy. The work grew out of collaboration with Jinsong Huang. (4/14/17)


Three NCMN Faculty Earn Teaching Awards
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Three NCMN faculty have earned College Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize consistent excellence in teaching. Recipients are Yusong Li, Alexander Sinitskii, and Joseph Turner. (4/11/17)


Particle Offers Promise for Vaccine Pill
Pannier research image

Angela Pannier and colleagues have demonstrated that nesting a specialized nanoparticle inside a microparticle could protect engineered genes or virus-derived DNA against the rigors of the stomach and ensure safe passage to the intestine. (4/11/17)


Lu Earns ORCA Award
Yongfeng Lu

Yongfeng Lu received the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity award for his research in laser-based material processing, characterization and imaging. The ORCA recognizes faculty for outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance. (4/5/17)


Pannier Earns Mentor Award
Angela Pannier

Angela Pannier was awarded UNL's Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring and supporting undergraduate researchers. (4/5/17)


Sabirianov, Zeng Publish in Nature
Renat Sabirianov

Renat Sabirianov, Hao Zeng, and colleagues have published an article in Nature entitled, "Deciphering chemical order/disorder and material properties at the single-atom level." Sabirianov is an NCMN member at UNO and Zeng obtained his Ph.D. under David Sellmyer. (4/4/17)


Zeng Study Supports New Forms of Water
Zeng research

As reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues have proposed that both low- and high-density forms of liquid water could emerge from housing it in a carbon nanotube. (4/3/17)


Gay Earns Named Professorship
Timothy Gay

Timothy Gay has been named a Willa Cather Professor. The professorships were established in 2001 to recognize faculty members with the rank of full professor who have established exceptional records of distinguished scholarship or creative activity. (3/30/17)


Lai Receives ACS Volunteer Award
Rebecca Lai

Rebecca Lai received the Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Community Activities. The committee noted her "innovative outreach [which] allows students hands-on activities." (3/17/17)


2016 Outreach Newsletter Published
Outreach Newsletter 2016

The 2016 issue of the nano outreach newsletter is now available online. The newsletter covers UNL nano outreach activities over the past year. (3/2/17)


Enders, Dowben Team Creates 2D Material
2D Material

Axel Enders, Peter Dowben, and team have developed a new 2D material, Monolayer Hexagonal Boron-Carbon-Nitrogen (h-BCN), with potential for developments in ultrathin technologies. The results were published in ACS Nano and covered by Phys.org. (2/16/17)


NCMN Members Receive UNL Parents Award
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Srivatsan Kidambi, Mehrdad Negahban, and Michael Sealy received the UNL Parents Recognition Award. The annual award is earned through nominations made from parents of UNL students. (2/10/17)


Sinitskii & Team Boost Performance of Nanomaterial
Sinitskii nanomaterial

Alexander Sinitskii, 2015 NCMN graduate fellow Alexey Lipatov, and team have published their findings on MXenes in Advanced Energy Materials. MXenes are a family of nanomaterials which have shown promise for storing energy, purifying water and protecting against electromagnetic interference. (2/6/17)


Sinitskii Fabricates Nanoribbon Computer Chips
Alexander Sinitskii

The January issue of Solid State Technology: Insights for Electronics Manufacturing covered recent advances in fabricating graphene nanoribbons for use as computer chips. Alexander Sinitskii is a leader in the research effort. (2/3/17)


Sellmyer Guest Curator at Sheldon
David Sellmyer

David Sellmyer was an invited guest curator for Sheldon's exhibit "15 Photographs, 15 Curators." The guest curators picked a single image that generated a personal response out of nearly 3,000 photographs. Sellmyer chose a photo by Robert Morris Cohen because of its similarity to nanostructured materials. (2/1/17)


Zeng Cover Article Trio
Nanoscale Horizons

Research by Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues was featured as the cover article of Nanoscale Horizons, the cover article on Advanced Energy Materials, and the cover article on Journal of the American Chemical Society. (1/20/17)


Woollam Receives Bunshah Award
John Woollam

John Woollam has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 R.F. Bunshah Award. He will present the Honorary Lecture at the 2017 International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF). (1/20/17)


Cui & Wang Improve Metal Durability
Cui and Wang

Bai Cui and Jian Wang are developing a variety of “radiation-tolerant” materials that are self-healing, and that could improve metal durability. (1/19/17)


Morin Studies Stretchable Surfaces
Stephen Morin

Stephen Morin and colleagues have demonstrated how the chemistry of stretchable surfaces can affect their interactions with microscopic particles – and enhance or streamline processes usually conducted on rigid foundations. Findings were published in Small and Chemistry of Materials. (1/3/17)

Gu Earns ASME Fellowship
Linxia Gu

Linxia Gu has earned a fellowship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. A fellow has attained a membership grade of distinction, is a corporate member, is responsible for significant engineering achievements and has at least 10 years of active practice and corporate membership in ASME. (12/2/16)


Zeng Explores Hydrophobicity of Proteins
Zeng nanodroplet

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues recently published on the molecular hydrophobicity of amino acid chains in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This could help engineers measure surface contact angles. Zeng also recently published an article in Nature Communications on gold clusters. (12/13/16)


Gay Elected APS Speaker of the Council
Timothy Gay

Timothy Gay has been elected Speaker of the Council for the American Physical Society. Gay will serve as Speaker-Elect in 2017 and as Speaker in 2018. The APS Speaker of the Council presides over the Council of Representatives and serves on the Board of Directors and Board Executive Committee. (11/28/16)


Huang Among Most Cited Researchers
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang was included in the "Highly Cited Researchers 2016" list, which recognizes researchers whose peer-reviewed papers have been cited frequently in academic literature. The list was compiled by Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property and Science division of Thomas Reuters. (11/28/16)


Dussault Named AAAS Fellow
Patrick Dussault

Patrick Dussault has been named an AAAS fellow for distinguished contributions to the chemistry of organic peroxides, including peroxide natural product synthesis, mechanistic studies and innovative peroxide-mediated oxidation transformations. (11/23/16)


New NCMN Member
Nicole Iverson

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Nicole Iverson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. (11/22/16)


New NCMN Member
Shannon Bartelt

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, associate professor and Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering. (11/21/16)


NanoArt at Nebraska Innovation Campus
NanoArt Bee Family

NanoArt is on display at Nebraska Innovation Campus through November 30, and is open to the public 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The image at left, "Bee Family," is by H. F. Haghshenas & M. Khedmati and is the winner of NCMN's 2016 NanoArt competition. (11/7/16)


Powerful Underwater Microphone Uses Silver Nanoparticles
Underwater photo

Li Tan, Qin Zhou, Steve Ducharme, and colleages have developed an underwater microphone with 6,000 times greater sensitivity to low-frequency sound waves by embedding a network of silver nanoparticles in hydrogel and placing that gel between two electrodes, as reported in Nature Communications. (11/7/16)


Huang Receives Breakthrough of the Year Award
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang and postdocs Haotong Wei and Wei Wei were awarded the NUtech Ventures Breakthrough of the Year Award for developing improved X-ray detectors based on a perovskite material that are expected to reduce the X-ray dose required for medical imaging, security, and quality control. (11/2/16)


Experiment Sent to ISS
Peter Dowben

An experiment led by Peter Dowben was carried to the International Space Station on October 17. Nebraska's contribution to the ISS cargo resupply mission a multi-element neutron detector system that can track solar neutron production in a specific range of energies. (10/28/16)


Monolith Materials to use NCMN Facilities
Monolith groundbreaking

Monolith Materials will be using NCMN's facilities for their industrial efforts. NCMN director David Sellmyer attended the October 20 groundbreaking for their new plant, which was covered by the Lincoln Journal Star. (10/24/16)


Huang Protects Solar Cells from Moisture
Jinsong Huang

A team led by Jinsong Huang has detailed an approach that can buffer perovskite against moisture without sapping its ability to convert sunlight into electricity, as reported in Nature Communications. (10/20/16)


2016 Newsletter Published
Interfaces 2016

The fall 2016 issue of Interfaces, the newsletter of NCMN, is available online. Articles cover the NNI Strategic Plan, NCMN facilities, new faculty members, student degrees, outreach programs, and more. (10/14/16)


New NCMN Member
Ashraf Hassan

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Ashraf Hassan, research assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. (10/13/16)


Kim and Turner Explore Alternative Concrete Materials
Concrete

Yong-Rak Kim, Joseph Turner, and colleagues recently earned a two-year NSF grant that will enable them to explore the performance and durability of concrete made of alternative binding and recycled materials, with the aim of developing better versions. (10/3/16)


UNL Alum Awarded MacArthur "Genius" Award
Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Rebecca Richards-Kortum (BS Physics UNL, PhD Physics MIT), who started as an undergrad in David Sellmyer's lab, was announced a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Noted was her commitment to "improving access to quality health care for all the world's people" and "training and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists" to address global challenges. (9/23/16)


Berkowitz Named to Organic Reactions Board of Editors
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz has been named to the Board of Editors for Organic Reactions. The series, which started in 1942, serves as a key reference for organic chemistry literature. (9/23/16)


Layered Nanosphere Shows Biomedical Promise
Layered nanosphere

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues have illustrated that a concentration of short molecular chains will assemble into a layered sphere known as a liposome, which could more precisely release therapeutic drugs or genes as the body peels it away. (9/20/16)


UNL National Ads Feature Huang Solar Research
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang's solar cell research is one of the highlighted stories in new UNL national television commercials, which are aimed at promoting recruitment and reputation. (9/9/16)


New NCMN Member
Shudipto Dishari

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Shudipto Dishari, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. (9/7/16)


New NCMN Member
Siamak Nejati

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Siamak Nejati, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. (9/7/16)


Takacs Directs New UNL Biomolecular Center
James Takacs

James Takacs is director of UNL's new Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication, established by an $11.3-million grant from the National Institutes of Health for the purpose of investigating cellular-level miscommunications that contribute to complex diseases such as cancer, diabetes and chronic liver disease. (8/30/16)


Symposium Features NCMN Student Research
Symposium

The Nebraska Summer Research Symposium will take place in the Nebraska Union on August 10. NCMN summer student researchers will join others in presenting their research in a poster session from 1-3 pm. (8/9/16)


New Materials Show Promise for Clean Energy
Jian Zhang research

Jian Zhang and colleagues have synthesized new materials that show promise for energy applications aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The materials belong to an emerging family of materials called metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, which feature metallic atom-containing clusters that are linked by carbon atoms. (7/14/16)


Lu Selected for Schawlow Award
Yongfeng Lu

Yongfeng Lu has been selected as the 2016 Arthur L. Schawlow Award recipient. The award will recognize Lu’s record of laser industry innovation and his significant contributions to basic and applied research in the fields of laser science and electrical engineering. (7/1/16)


Song Research on Back Cover
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Jingfeng Song's latest paper will be featured on the back cover an upcoming issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. It is entitled, "Ferroelectric polymer nanopillars on flexible substrates by reverse nanoimprint lithography." This work is the capstone of his Ph.D. dissertation work, completed in May under his advisor Stephen Ducharme. (6/24/16)


UNL Team Bolsters Digital Memory
Xia Hong

Research by Xia Hong, Jeffrey Shield, Evgeny Y. Tsymbal, and colleagues, has bolstered an emerging form of digital memory, as published in Physical Review Letters. The material, lanthanum strontium manganite, features multiple properties that make it an appealing candidate for digital technologies. (6/24/16)


Sellmyer Book One of Top Springer eBooks
Sellmyer book

Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications, co-edited by David Sellmyer, has had a total of 36,630 chapter downloads since 2009. This makes it one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook collection in 2015. (6/22/16)


Ndao STEM Camp Media Coverage
Sidy Ndao

Sidy Ndao's STEM camp that he conducts in his native Senegal has received national attention. It was covered in an article in the May 30 print edition of The New York Times, and is published on their website. (6/3/15)


Hong Earns Early Career Award
Xia Hong

Xia Hong is one of the US DOE's 49 recipients of the Early Career Award, totaling $750,262 over the next five years. This will allow her to upgrade scanning probe microscopy equipment and add junior researchers to her lab. Those investments will help Hong pursue nanoscale control of extremely thin films that feature ferroelectricity. (5/27/16)


Gruverman Elected JSAP Fellow
Alexei Gruverman

Alexei Gruverman has been elected an international fellow of the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP). He will give a talk during the awards ceremony at the 2016 JSAP Autumn Meeting in Japan. Gruverman has been involved in nanoscience research in Japan since the early 1990s. (5/25/16)


Tsymbal Research on PRL Cover
Evgeny Tsymbal

The paper “Enhanced Tunneling Electroresistance in Ferroelectric Tunnel Junctions due to the Reversible Metallization of the Barrier,” by Xiaohui Liu, J. D. Burton, and Evgeny Y. Tsymbal, was published in Physical Review Letters and featured on its cover page. (5/13/16)


Discovery Enhances Polymer Materials
Lu and Zhou polymer image

Yongfeng Lu, Yunshen Zhou, and colleagues have used thiol compounds to create a stronger polymer composite. The improvements translated to better electrical performance. (5/3/16)


NCMN Members Earn Promotion, Tenure
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Six NCMN faculty members are earning promotions. Promoted to full professor: Shireen Adenwalla, Jinsong Huang, and Young-Rak Kim. Promoted to associate professor and granted tenure: Xia Hong, Srivatsan Kidambi, and Alexander Sinitskii. Congratulations! (4/25/16)


Negahban Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Mehrdad Negahban

Mehrdad Negahban was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Rouen, with which he and the College of Engineering have had a long partnership. Several other NCMN faculty have taught at Rouen, including Joe Turner, Li Tan, Lucia Fernandez-Ballester and Jeff Shield. (4/22/16)


Zeng Study Details Acid Formation
Xiao Cheng Zeng

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues have detailed the formation of nitrous acid in the atmosphere. The study was published in April 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (4/12/16)


Self-Assembly of Nanocrystals Captured
Peter and Eli Sutter

A research team led by Peter and Eli Sutter has become the first to directly image the self-assembly of nanocrystals in the liquid environments that foster it. The research was published in an April 4 article in Nature Communications. (4/4/16)


Huang Improves X-Ray Detection
Huang crystal research

In a March 21 study published in Nature Photonics, Jinsong Huang and colleagues reveal a crystalline material that is four times more sensitive to X-rays than leading commercial detectors. The material, methylammonium lead tribromide, can detect an X-ray dose about 11 times lower than that required for many medical applications. (3/21/16)


Bobaru Publishes Invited Study on Fracturing
Florin Bobaru

Florin Bobaru and grad student Guanfeng Zhang were invited to publish a study in the 50th-anniversary issue of the International Journal of Fracture. The study helps resolve the long-standing question of how cracks branch and propagate through brittle materials such as glass. (3/18/16)


New NCMN Member
Jiong Hu

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Jiong Hu, assistant professor in the Geotechnical and Materials Engineering division of the Department of Civil Engineering. (3/16/16)


Sellmyer Team Finds Magnetism in Nanoscale Compound
Sellmyer and Das

A team led by David Sellmyer and Bhaskar Das has discovered that a compound called manganese silicide takes on unexpected properties when reduced down to the nanoscale. (3/15/16)


Zhang Career Award Develops Cleaner Fuels
Jian Zhang

Jian Zhang is working to develop an organic-based catalyst that uses the sun’s energy to facilitate chemical reactions with the help of a five-year, $527,154 Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation. (3/14/16)


Berkowitz Advances Stroke Treatment
Berkowitz enzyme

David Berkowitz and colleagues have developed a molecule that can inhibit an enzyme linked with the onset of stroke. They modeled their inhibitor on a naturally occurring molecule produced by the CBS enzyme, tailoring the molecule’s structure to improve its performance. (3/9/16)


Morin CAREER Award Expands Hybrid Materials Research
Stephen Morin

Stephen Morin will expand his efforts to seamlessly combine hard and soft materials with the help of a five-year, $649,474 Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation. (3/7/16)


Two NCMN Members Receive CAREER Awards
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Stephen Morin earned $649,474 for Morphological Control of Crystalline Materials Using Deformations of Elastomeric Substrates and Fluid Flow for the Bottom-up Fabrication of Hybrid Materials. Jian Zhang earned $527,154 for Tuning Photoredox Properties of Carbazolic Porous Organic Frameworks for Visible-Light-Mediated Catalysis. (2/23/16)


Binek Elected APS GMAG Officer
Christian Binek

Christian Binek has been elected as an executive committee member-at-large of the American Physics Society's Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications (GMAG). (2/19/16)


Metal-Detecting Biosensors under Development
DNA probe immobilized on gold electrode contained within circle

A gold sensor is the latest in a series of metal-detecting biosensors under development by Rebecca Lai. Fabricated on paper strips about the size of a litmus strip, Lai’s sensors are designed to be inexpensive, portable, and reusable. (2/17/16)


New Form of Ice Predicted
Zeng ice image

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues have predicted a new molecular form of ice about 25 percent less dense than the current record-low form. It would be the 18th known crystalline form of water. The research article appeared in Science Advances, with coverage in several news outlets, including the Daily Mail, Science Daily, and Science Alert. (2/12/16)


Zeng Study of Ammonium Bisulfate Highlighted
Xiao Cheng Zeng

A new study by Xiao Cheng Zeng and Joseph Francisco, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was highlighted in the “Concentrates” section of Chemical & Engineering News. The study reveals a reaction among water, ammonia and sulfur trioxide that may lead to the formation of ammonium bisulfate, which contributes to the formation of aerosols. (2/12/16)


NCMN Members Receive UNL Parents Award
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David Berkowitz and Eveline Baesu received the UNL Parents Recognition Award. The annual award is earned through nominations made from parents of UNL students. (2/11/16)


New NCMN Member
Sangjin Ryu

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Sangjin Ryu, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (2/9/16)


New Materials Become Reflective When Stretched
Argyropoulos & Morin

Christos Argyropoulos and Stephen Morin, with graduate student Jay Taylor, have developed a method for crafting elastic materials that feature a matte appearance when relaxed but become highly reflective when stretched. (2/2/16)


Sutter Named an MRS Meeting Chair
Eli Sutter

Eli Sutter has been selected as one of the chairs of the 2017 MRS spring meeting, as reported in the January 2016 issue of the MRS Bulletin and on UNL Today. (1/21/16)


Huang on Perovskite-based Solar Cells
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang published an article in the inaugural issue of Nature Energy about an innovation that could help make perovskite-based solar cells more competitive with those made from silicon. (1/13/16)

Li & Zeng Inaugural Members of Chemistry Cluster
Hui Li and Xiao Cheng Zeng

Hui Li and Xiao Cheng Zeng are inaugural members of the Nebraska Cluster for Computation Chemistry, which will in part continue research on nanomaterials with properties critical to the development of technology. David Berkowitz is involved as Chemistry Department Chair. (12/17/15)


Kidambi Coauthors Study Revealing Nanoparticle Damage
Sri Kidambi

Srivatsan Kidambi was among a group of UNL researchers that revealed damage caused to brain cells by titanium dioxide nanoparticles. The research was featured on the Nov. 28 cover of Nanoscale. (12/15/15)


Rajca Named AAAS Fellow
Andrzej Rajca

Andrzej Rajca has been named an AAAS fellow for distinguished contributions to organic magnetic materials, particularly for the development of high-spin organic molecules and the first organic polymer with magnetic ordering. (11/23/15)


Berkowitz Named AAAS Fellow
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz has been named an AAAS fellow for distinguished contributions to chemical biology and synthetic chemistry, particularly for developing innovative tools to advance research on asymmetric synthesis and enzymology. (11/23/15)


NCMN Collaboration Leads to National Student Research Award
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South Dakota State University student Simeon Gilbert won a first place award at the Sigma Xi national conference. Gilbert, in collaboration with NCMN's nano-magnetic group, tested the properties of a semiconductor material that helps reduce the power needed for computer memory. (11/18/15)


Kidambi Uses Polymer Film to Mimic Tumors
Srivatsan Kidambi

Srivatsan Kidambi and colleagues have used a polymer-based film to assemble cell cultures without the need of adhesive proteins, which could accelerate the testing of cancer treatments and has already revealed a potential source of the body’s resistance to a therapeutic drug. (11/9/15)


New NCMN Member
Jian Wang

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Jian Wang, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (11/6/15)


Sellmyer Appointed Editorial Board Member
David Sellmyer

David Sellmyer has been appointed an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group. In this role he acts as an associate editor for papers in his field, arranging for referees and making editorial decisions on acceptance of papers. (10/30/15)


Undergrad Wins Third Place at Nano Conference
Ethiyal Raj Wilson

Physics undergrad Ethiyal Raj Wilson won third place for his presentation at the NDConnect Undergraduate Research Competition, which was part of the Notre Dame Competition in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. (10/29/15)


NCMN Members on Speakers Bureau
Voelte-Keegan building

NCMN faculty members Christian Binek and Stephen Ducharme are among the 23 members of the 2015-16 UNL Speakers Bureau. More information on their talks is available on the Speakers Bureau website. (10/28/15)


2015 Newsletter Published
Interfaces 2015

The fall 2015 issue of Interfaces, the newsletter of NCMN, is available online. Articles cover NCMN's new grant, new faculty members, student degrees, outreach programs, and more. (10/16/15)


UNL Alum Speeds Cancer Diagnosis
Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Rebecca Richards-Kortum (BS Physics UNL, PhD Physics MIT), who started as an undergrad in David Sellmyer's lab, has developed a potential faster means to diagnose breast cancer, as reported in Microscopy and Analysis (page 49). (10/14/15)


Kidambi Wins Emerging Innovator Award
Sri Kidambi

Sri Kidambi won the Emerging Innovator of the Year award from NUtech Ventures for his work to develop a structured environment for cancer cells to grow. (10/8/15)


New NCMN Member
Michael Sealy

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Michael Sealy of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (10/8/15)


Shelli Krupicka Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Shelli Krupicka

Shelli Krupicka, NCMN's administrative coordinator, has reached her twenty-fifth anniversary of service to UNL, with the entire time being dedicated to NCMN. Congratulations, Shelli! (9/30/15)


New NCMN Member
Qin Zhou

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Qin Zhou of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (9/23/15)


Ndao Brings STEM Camps to Senegal
Sidy Ndao

Sidy Ndao, assistant professor of Mechanicals & Materials Engineering, is bringing STEM camps to students in his native Senegal, in West Africa. (9/21/15)


NCMN Earns $3.5-million NSF Grant
David Sellmyer

NCMN has earned a $3.5-million NSF grant to establish the Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF), a regional center of excellence in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Please refer to the articles from NSF, UNL Today, and UNL's ORED. (9/16/15)


Gruverman & Tsymbal Identify Ferroelectric Material
Gruverman & Tsymbal

Alexei Gruverman and Evgeny Tsymbal were part of a UNL team that induced stable ferroelectricity in a sheet of strontium titanate only a few nanometers thick. (9/15/15)


Xu Earns NSF Early Career Award
Xiaoshan Xu

Xiaoshan Xu, assistant professor of physics & astronomy, has earned an NSF CAREER award. The award will further his research into a nanomaterial that could make electronics smaller, faster, and more energy efficient. (9/15/15)


Huang Engineers Light-Detecting Crystals
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang, Susan J. Rosowski associate professor of mechanical & materials engineering, and collaborators have engineered a series of light-detecting crystals that can register especially narrow bands of wavelengths. (9/2/15)


New NCMN Member
Peter Sutter

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Peter Sutter of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. (9/1/15)


Huang Leads Part of Solar Cell Project
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang, Susan J. Rosowski associate professor of mechanical & materials engineering, is heading part of a solar cell project led by Brown University. They will examine perovskite, a promising alternative to silicon. (8/28/15)


Zeng Explains Nanotube Preference
Xiao Cheng Zeng

Xiao Cheng Zeng, Ameritas University & Willa Cather Professor of chemistry, co-led a study showing why nanotubes prefer larger potassium ions to smaller sodium ions. (8/27/15)


Morin Studies Chemical Patterns
Stephen Morin

Stephen Morin, assistant professor of chemistry, led a study showing how to create flexible microscopic chemical patterns. (8/24/15)


Magnetic Threshold of Ultra-Thin Material Explained
Tsymbal & Paudel

Evgeny Tsymbal, George Holmes University Professor of physics; Tula Paudel, research assistant professor of physics; and collaborators have determined why 6 is the threshold for an atomically thin material, as published in Science. (8/14/15)


Kidambi Studies Brain Functioning
Srivatsan Kidambi

Srivatsan Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and doctoral student Christina Wilson are studying brain functioning as part of the NIH-funded Molecular Mechanisms of Disease program. (8/7/15)


Symposium Features NCMN Student Research
Symposium

The Nebraska Summer Research Symposium will take place in the Nebraska Union on August 12. NCMN summer student researchers will join others in presenting their research in a poster session from 1-3 pm. (8/6/15)


Ducharme Gives Talk on Nanoscience & Art
Nano art

Steve Ducharme, professor of physics & astronomy, will give a talk on nanoscience and art on August 4th at 5:30 pm in 136 Jorgensen. He will then lead a tour of NCMN's facilities. (8/4/15)


Huang Improves Solar Cell Efficiency
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang, Susan J. Rosowski associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, led a study showing that constructing a type of solar cell on a “non-wetting” plastic surface made it 1.5 times more efficient. (7/20/15)


New NCMN Member
Eli Sutter

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Eli Sutter of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (7/17/15)


Berkowitz Leads Catalyst Discovery
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz, Willa Cather Professor of chemistry, led a team that has identified a new series of fructose-based ligands that impart handedness to the catalysts they help form, as well as demonstrated the ability to tune the ligands' shape. (7/10/15)


Zeng & Sinitskii Publish on 2-D Materials
Zeng & Sinitskii

Studies led by Xiao Cheng Zeng and Alexander Sinitskii have demonstrated that a compound called titanium trisulfide could surge toward the fore of two-dimensional materials that are gaining popularity for microelectronics. (6/23/15)


Pannier to Speak at Congressional Briefing
Angela Pannier

Angela Pannier, associate professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, will discuss vaccine development during the SCIENCE 2034 Live Congressional briefings on June 24. (6/23/15)


Schubert Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Mathias Schubert

Mathias Schubert, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was awarded the title of honorary doctorate in technology by Linkoping University in Sweden. (6/19/15)


Gu Leads Study Examining Blast Waves
Linxia Gu

Linxia Gu, associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, is the lead author of a study examining how improvised explosive devices impact blood vessel networks and can lead to traumatic brain injury. (6/9/15)


Sinitskii Earns CAREER Award
Alexander Sinitskii

Alexander Sinitskii, assistant professor of chemistry, has earned a CAREER award from NSF to investigate graphene’s properties. He will also develop new nanoscience courses and conduct outreach activities for students. (6/8/15)


Dussault Earns Grant to Study Ethers
Patrick Dussault

Patrick Dussault, Charles Bessey Professor of chemistry, has earned a three-year NSF grant to examine new methods of synthesizing ethers. (5/26/15)


Nano Outreach at Science Olympiad
Nano STEM Expo Booth

NCMN presented an interactive booth of activities about carbon structures, memory metals and metal organic frameworks at the 2015 National Science Olympiad hosted by UNL. (5/15/15)


Kovalev Earns Early Career Award
Alexey Kovalev

Alexey Kovalev, assistant professor of physics & astronomy, was selected as one of 44 national recipients of an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. (5/11/15)


NCMN Ambassador Awards Given
Ambassador Award

Congratulations to Axel Enders and Xia Hong, who received the 2015 NCMN Ambassador Awards at the Spring Recognition Luncheon on 5/7/15.  More faculty recognitions from Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering are available on the Outreach Recognition page. (5/8/15)


NCMN to be Involved in Science Olympiad
Voelte-Keegan Building

When UNL hosts the national Science Olympiad May 14-16, NCMN will be involved at the STEM Expo with tours and exhibits.  NCMN faculty member Tim Gay will participate in the Executive Egg Drop. (5/8/15)


Binek Promoted to Full Professor
Christian Binek

Christian Binek has been promoted to full professor of physics. (4/30/15)


Li Promoted to Associate Professor
Yusong Li

Yusong Li has been promoted to associate professor of civil engineering and granted tenure. (4/30/15)


Zeng Reveals New Arrangements of Gold Cluster
Zeng Gold

Xiao Cheng Zeng, Ameritas University & Willa Cather Professor of chemistry, and former visiting professor Yi Gao have led research that has revealed four atomic arrangements of a gold nanoparticle cluster. (4/24/15)


New NCMN Member
Christos Argyropoulos

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Christos Argyropoulos of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. (4/22/15)


NSF Grant Won for MRSEC
Stephen DiMagno

UNL has won a $9.6-million grant from the National Science Foundation to support MRSEC and its nanotechnology research through 2020. (4/20/15)


Structure Replicates Nature's Camouflage
Li Tan

Li Tan, associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, was part of a team that has developed a structure that can begin replicating color and texture within seconds of exposure to pulses of light. (4/17/15)


Team Spotlights Molecular Discoveries
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz, Willa Cather Professor of chemistry, led a team that revealed the versatility of a bacterial enzyme and an unexpected molecular rearrangement involving the organized shuffling of bond. (4/9/15)


Al-Omari Receives Distinguished Arab Researcher Award
Immadin Al-Omari

Imaddin Al-Omari, who received his doctoral degree under David Sellmyer and is a visiting professor of physics at UNL in the summers, received the Distinguished Arab Researcher Award from the Association of Arab Universities. (3/25/15)


Rajca Receives ORCA Award
Andrzej Rajca

UNL's College of Arts and Sciences has awarded Andrzej Rajca, Charles Bessey Professor of chemistry, the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award. (3/25/15)


NanoDays to be held at Gateway Mall
Nano Days 2014

Nebraska’s sixth annual NanoDays will be held Saturday, March 28 from 1-4pm at Gateway Mall, 60th and O streets. It is part of a nationwide festival of education about nanoscience. (3/20/15)


Bobaru Crafts Model that Predicts Corrosion
Florin Bobaru

Florin Bobaru, professor of mechanical & materials engineering, has contributed to a model that better predicts the spread of corrosion, as published in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. (3/18/15)


DiMagno Earns Named Professorship
Stephen DiMagno

Stephen DiMagno has been named a Willa Cather/Charles Bessey Professor of Chemistry. (3/9/15)


Huang Earns Named Professorship
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang has been named a Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. (3/9/15)


Customized Nanoparticles Could Better Transport Drugs
Yiqi Yang

Yiqi Yang, Charles Bessey Professor of textiles, merchandising & fashion design and biological systems engineering, and colleagues have customized nanoparticles that could better transport therapeutic drugs. (3/4/15)


Zeng's Research Featured on Journal Cover
Zeng Research

A research article by Xiao Cheng Zeng, professor of chemistry, was featured on the cover of the journal ACS Catalysis. (2/25/15)


Sinitskii and Franke-Schubert Publish on Graphene
Alexander Sinitskii

Alexander Sinitskii, assistant professor of chemistry, and Eva Franke-Schubert, associate professor of electrical engineering, publish their findings on graphene's ability to protect nanotechnology from heat. (2/16/15)


Yang to Speak on Textiles
Yiqi Yang

Yiqi Yang, Charles Bessey Professor of textiles, merchandising & fashion design and biological systems engineering, will speak on "Innovation in Textiles - From Garbage to Fashion." The presentation will be 2/11 at 7pm in 222 Love South. (2/9/15)


Dowben Contributes to Solar Cell Research
Peter Dowben

Peter Dowben, Charles Bessey Professor of physics, and colleagues have reveal the atomic-level mechanisms of a material that could improve the efficiency of solar cells, as published in the journal Science. (2/5/15)


Huang Discovers Solar Cell Material's Potential
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang, associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, and colleagues have discovered the vast potential of a solar cell material. (1/30/15)


Gay Comments on NFL's "Deflate-Gate"
Tim Gay

Timothy Gay, professor of physics, believes that air temperature is the explanation for the underinflated footballs in the January 18 Patriots vs. Colts game. (1/28/15)


Berkowitz Appointed Interim NSF Chemistry Director
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz, chair of the Department of Chemistry, has been appointed interim director of the NSF Division of Chemistry from February through August. (1/23/15)

Woollam Named Inventor Fellow

John Woollam, an internationally known expert in ellipsometry, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. (12/16/14)

Solar Cell Technology Improved

UNL engineers, led by Jinsong Huang, have doubled the efficiency of a prominent solar cell technology by uncovering the cause of a phenomenon that hinders cell performance, stability, and evaluation, as published December 15th in Nature Communications. (12/15/14)

Digital Memory Technology Improved

Alexei Gruverman, Alexander Sinitskii, and Evgeny Tsymbal have engineered and tested improvements in the technology used in digital memory. Findings were reported November 24th in Nature Communications. (11/24/14)

Four New NCMN Members

NCMN welcomes four new faculty members: Herman Batelaan (Physics), Bai Cui (Mechanical & Materials Engineering), Joshua Darr (University of Nebraska at Omaha-Chemistry), and Michael Nastasi (Mechanical & Materials Engineering).

Skomski Article in Journal Small

The journal Small featured an article co-authored by Ralph Skomski. The article is entitled, "Template-Directed FeCo Nanoshells on AuCu." (10/29/14)

Grant Earned for Solar Cells

Jinsong Huang earned a $1.2-million grant to improve the efficiency of solar cells. (10/22/14)

Research Supports DNA Hypothesis

New research by UNL physicists Joan Dreiling and Timothy Gay gives support to a hypothesis about why DNA is right-handed. (9/17/14)

Sensor Could Improve Breast Cancer Detection

UNL scientists have developed a nanoparticle-based device that could significantly enhance clinical breast exams. (9/10/14)

Team to Prepare Material for Space Flight

A team led by UNL physicist Axel Enders will prepare a material for testing on the International Space Station. Funding is from a NASA grant. (9/4/14)

Cornelius Earns NSF Grant

Christopher Cornelius, chemical engineering professor and associate dean for research at the College of Engineering, is one of four Native American academics who received a $1.5-million NSF grant to increase Native American participation in STEM fields. (8/20/14)

Zeng Article on Journal Cover

Xiao Cheng Zeng, research assistant professor of chemistry Jaeil Bai, and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Joseph Francisco collaborated on an article that was featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. They demonstrated the potential of hydrogen gas hydrates to exist within the confines of single-walled carbon nanotubes. (8/18/14)

Faculty Book Selected for Highlights of 2013

Structural and magnetic properties of Pr-alloyed MnBi nanostructures, by P Kharel, VR Shah, XZ Li, WY Zhang, R Skomski, JE Shield, and DJ Sellmyer, has been selected for inclusion in the exclusive "Highlights of 2013" collection, Journal of Physics D: Applied Science.

Zeng Article Highlighted in Journals

Xiao Cheng Zeng (with Shuang Chen) and his research group achieved their 8th highlight (of research over his 21-year tenure at UNL) in the April 28 issue of ACS's Chemical and Engineering News and in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Zeng Article in Chemistry World

Xiao Cheng Zeng co-authored an article in Chemistry World entitled, "Boron Nitride Pringle predicted to be frequent flapper." (6/5/14)

Ducharme Publishes Book

S. Ducharme and V. Fridkin, Ferroelectricity at the Nanoscale: Basics and Applications. (Springer, Berlin, 2014). ISBN: 978-3-642-41007-9 (hardcover).

Yang Develops Novel Mesh

UNL textiles scholar Yiqi Yang has partnered with researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center to develop a novel mesh that will reduce complications associated with hernia repair surgeries. (5/16/14)

Ndao Student Receives Fellowship

Corey Kruse, a mechanical and materials engineering graduate student, received a 2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. The honor includes $68,000 in annual funding, renewable up to three years. In Sidy Ndao's lab, Kruse conducted experimental research on Leidenfrost temperature shifts for multiscale micro/ nanostructured surfaces, with findings published in the June 2013 edition of the journal Langmuir. Kruse built the experimental set-up, collected the data, wrote the paper and published it with minimal supervision. (5/16/14)

Pannier Teams with UNMC on Bioengineering Research

University of Nebraska engineers and doctors are teaming up across campus lines to advance bioengineering research. The Angela Pannier and Andrew Dudley team is one of three UNL/UNMC collaborations funded through the Bioengineering for Human Health Grants Initiative.

2014 Nano Art Competition Winner Announced

First place went to Pinkai Mukherjee for "Nano Bonica" 2014 Science Art Competition.

DiMagno's Startup Wins Grant

Ground Flour Pharmaceuticals Inc., a startup company that grew from technology developed by UNL's Stephen G. DiMagno, has won a $726,000 National Science Foundation grant to expand its research and product development. Scarlet also published an article on the news. (4/9/14)

NanoDays Held at Gateway Mall

Secrets of Nanoscience were revealed at the fourth annual NanoDays celebration on Saturday, April 5th at Gateway Mall. See NanoDays photos on the NCMN Facebook page.

Gay Testifies Before House Subcommittee

Physics Professor Tim Gay and Dennis Molfese, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior joined other expert witnesses at the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing. Concussions and other brain injuries in sports was the topic of discussion on Capitol Hill on March 13. (3/14/14)

Sinitskii Team Solves Graphene Challenges

A team led by Alexander Sinitskii develops chemical solution for graphene challenges. "Instead of starting with a large sheet of graphene and trying to cut it down to something small — the essence of a top-down approach — we decided to use a bottom-up approach, making small graphene nanoribbons by coupling even smaller organic molecules," Sinitskii said. (2/23/14)

Saturday Science Program Held

UNL and LPS teamed up to present Saturday Science. Sir Issac Newton helped take nearly 160 fifth graders for a spin as the 41st year of Saturday Science opened February 1 in Jorgensen Hall. (2/1/14)

Huang Research Could Impact Electronics

Jinsong Huang is working to develop an alternative method for thin film coatings of semiconductor materials that could be used to develop transparent flexible flat-panel displays and sensor technologies. The Journal Star reported on the news.

Huang Thin Film Research Gains Momentum

The next wave of electronics led in part by NCMN member Jinsong Huang, using organic thin film transistors instead of silicon, is gaining momentum with new research by engineering faculty at UNL and Stanford University. (1/7/14)

Four New NCMN Faculty Members

NCMN welcomes four new faculty members: Christopher Cornelius (Chem./Biomolec. Engineering), Alexey Kovalev (Physics), Stephen A. Morin (Chemistry), and Xiaoshan Xu (Physics).

Dzenis Publishes on Graphene and Nanofibers

Yuris Dzenis led research that found that using a small, strategic amount of graphene oxide as a template improves carbon nanomaterials. The research was published in the December 10 edition of Advanced Functional Materials. (12/10/13)

NCMN Graduate Research Fellows Announced

The 2014 NCMN fellows are Dimitry Papkov, a doctoral student in materials engineering; Timothy Martin, a doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering; and Chieu Van Nguyen, a doctoral candidate in chemical and biomolecular engineering. (12/6/13)

Sellmyer Named AAAS Fellow

David Sellmyer has been named an AAAS fellow for distinguished contributions to the physics of magnetic materials and nanostructures and for scientific leadership as director of the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience. (11/25/13)

Zeng Named to Royal Society of Chemistry

Xiao Cheng Zeng, Ameritas University and Willa Cather Professor of Chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom. The Royal Society of Chemistry is one of the oldest scientific societies in the world. Zeng was one of 12 new Fellows named by the society this year. (11/17/13)

Sellmyer & Team Develop Hybrid Nanomagnetic Material

David Sellmyer was part of a team of researchers at UNL that have developed permanent magnet materials through a new process of growing and assembling nanoscale magnetic clusters. The work has been published in Advanced Materials. (11/13/13)

NCMN Members Among UNL Research Fellows

Thirteen UNL faculty members have been selected for the 2013-14 Research Development Fellows Program. These include NCMN members Alexey Kovalev, Stephen A. Morin, and Xiaoshan Xu. (10/10/13)

Sellmyer Book Among Top Downloaded

Springer Publishing has announced that a book edited by D.J. Sellmyer and colleagues, Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications, has had a total of 14,498 chapter downloads. The 6,621 chapter downloads in 2013 place it in the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook collection in 2013.

Brand Named ELATE Fellow

Jennifer Brand, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named a 2013-14 ELATE Fellow. (9/26/13)

Lu Graduate Working for Department of Defense

From Yongfeng Lu's LANE (Laser Assisted Nano Engineering) group: Matt Mitchell’s work is classified. The Omaha native and recent UNL graduate works for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency. He credits his UNL studies with giving him the skills, engineering background and confidence the agency seeks.

Zeng Research on Journal Cover

Xiao Cheng Zeng group research was on the cover of the Royal Society of Chemistry Journal. Like diamond or graphite, a carbon nanopeapod is a hybrid form of carbon allotropes with the "pod" being a carbon nanotube and the "peas" being a line of fullerenes (such as buckyballs) trapped inside the nanotube. (8/2/13)

Othman Research on Journal Cover

Reseach by Shadi F. Othman was featured on the cover of Journal of Neurotrauma: In Vivo Imaging of Viscoelastic Properties of the Mouse Brain after Controlled Cortical Impact.

Nano Art Exhibit

The Art of Nanoscience Exhibit is showing during the month of September at the Burkholder Gallery, 719 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. In celebration of the aesthetic appeal and creativity of nanoscience, an exhibit of images have been captured based on calculations, imaging data, and conceptual models from nanoscience research at the University of Nebraska.

Huang Works on Solar Cell Developments

Jinsong Huang, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, is working on thin, flexible, polymer solar cells that could be cheaper and more efficient than current technology, and maybe someday could be incorporated into clothing or backpack coverings to power electronic devices.

Nano on NOVA's "Making Stuff"

On NOVA's "Making Stuff" with David Pogue: Making Stuff Smaller – Materials

Zeng Research on Journal Cover

An international research study led by Xiao Cheng Zeng was featured on the cover of the June issue of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. (7/2/13)

2013 Nano Art Prints on Display

The Spring 2013 Nano Art Competition prints are currently on display in the Nebraska Union Rotunda Gallery.

Huang Develops Photodetector

Jinsong Huang, along with Fawen Guo and Zhengguo Xiao, reported the development of an organic photodetector that has the ability to function at low light levels. (5/31/13)

Pannier Develops Gene Delivery Tool

Angela Pannier, a UNL biological systems engineer, is using nanotechnology to develop a gene delivery tool. (5/28/13)

UNL Physicists Lead Research Collaboration

UNL physicists will lead a $7-million collaboation to develop a new generation of electronic devices. The team includes Alexei Gruverman; Peter Dowben, Kirill Belashchenko; Xia Hong, Evgeny Tsymbal, and Christian Binek. (5/1/13)

NanoDays to be Held April 6

NanoDays is to be held on April 6 from 1 to 4pm at Gateway Mall, 66th and O streets. (3/28/13)

UNL Team Develops Nanofibers

A UNL team discovery yielded supertough, strong nanofibers. Yuris Dzenis and colleagues developed an exceptionally thin polyacrilonitrile nanofiber, a type of synthetic polymer related to acrylic, using a technique called electrospinning. The process involves applying high voltage to a polymer solution until a small jet of liquid ejects, resulting in a continuous length of nanofiber. (4/23/13)

Gu Earns CAREER Award

Linxia Gu, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, recently earned a five-year, $406,248 Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation to continue her research on arterial narrowing, using a mechanical principle to solve a biomedical problem. (3/5/13)

2013 Nano Art Competition Winners Announced

First Place – Tyler Holm
Second Place – Zhanping Xu
Honorable Mention – Alexey Lipatov, Qingfeng Dong, PremKumar Thirugnanam, Gilbert Mbah & Thomas Smith
Scientist/Artist Pair Group – Wei Xiong & Joel Brehm – First Place

More Zeng Nebraska Ice Discoveries

Xiao Cheng Zeng published three more discoveries related to "Nebraska Ice." (12/13/12)

Nanoscience in Nature Exhibit Opens

A new nanoscience-in-nature exhibition, sponsored by NCMN, is on display at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The exhibit, "Nanoscience: Natural Beauty and Incredible Functions," will run through January. (11/15/12)

Redepenning to give Nano Café Talk

Jody Redepenning will be featured at NCMN's next Nanoscience Café. The discussion is at 7pm on November 15 at The Mill-Downtown, 800 P Street. Redepenning will talk about discoveries in composite biomaterials leading to hard tissue replacement for injured soldiers and others. (11/13/12)

Research Fair Ends with Nano Celebration

The UNL Research Fair ends today with a celebratory workshop about the Voelte-Keegan Nanoscience Research Center. Officials from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which helped fund the center, will be speaking. (11/8/12)

Voelte-Keegan Building Dedication

The new Voelte-Keegan Nanoscience Research Center at 16th & W was dedicated at 11am on September 27.  For more coverage please see NCMN's page, the Lincoln Journal Star, Science News 360, UNL Media Hub, and UNL Today.

New Edition of Skomski Book

The book Simple Models of Magnetism by Ralph Skomski, first published in 2008, is now available in paperback format. The book has been welcomed by the scientific community as a "highly readable and thorough account" and of "great use to graduate students and experts in the field alike". The original set of printed copies has been sold out, although hardback orders are still being accepted by Oxford University Press and produced from a laser printer. The 2012 paperback edition differs from the hardcover edition by various minor additions and corrections, most notably two added special-topic sections on the "new" quantum mechanics involving the Berry phase and on orbital-free density-functional theory.

The Berry phase is a phase factor in the quantum-mechanical wave function that was overlooked until 1984 and now penetrates many areas of physics, including magnetism. Orbital-free density functional theory (OF-DFT) or "true" density-functional theory is a quantum-mechanical approach without wave functions.

Nano Art Awards Given

The Spring 2012 Science Art competition awards have been announced. First place went to Yang Gao of Electrical Engineering. (3/23/12)

NanoDays to be Held March 24

The 2012 celebration of NanoDays is to be held on March 24 from 1 to 4pm at Westfield Gateway Mall, 6100 East O Street. (2/16/12)

Tsymbal Book Published

Evgeny Tsymbal co-edited a book, Multifunctional Oxide Heterostructures, which is published by Oxford University Press. The book is written by world-recognized scientists working in the field of complex oxides.

Schubert Elected Physics Fellow

Mathias Schubert, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. Election to the fellowship is limited to no more than 0.005% of APS membership. (1/9/12)

NCMN Receives Bright Lights Award

The "Building the Future through Higher Education" award was presented in September to David Sellmyer and Terese Janovec by the Bright Lights program. NCMN received the award because of an innovative teaching approach that first shows educators how to teach nanotech lessons then gives them a chance to try out the new skills in a middle-school setting. (10/25/11)

Nano Facility Name Announced

The new NCMN facility will be named for College of Engineering alumnus Don Voelte and his wife Nancy Keegan, chair of the University of Nebraska Foundation’s board of directors. They have given a $5 million campaign gift to UNL, and in recognition of their gift, UNL's Nanoscience Metrology Facility will be named in their honor. (9/15/11)

2011 NanoDays Announced

The 2011 celebration of NanoDays has been announced in the Lincoln Journal Star. Organized by UNL's MRSEC and NCMN, along with Nebraska EPSCoR, NanoDays is planned for Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 1-4pm at Westfield Gateway Shopping Mall. (3/30/11)

Tsymbal Group Helps Advance Technology

Evgeny Tsymbal and his group members Yong Wang, Karolina Janicka, and Manish Niranjan were involved in research on complex oxide heterostructures that was published in Science and in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. The Lincoln Journal Star also covered the research. (2/21/11)

Recent Student Awards
  • Rhitankar Pal, a grad student in the Zeng Lab, has been selected to receive a 2011 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award Honorable Mention.
  • Nan Shao, a former member of the Zeng Lab, has been selected to receive the 2011 Folsom Distinguished Dissertation Award.
  • Jennifer Gerasimov, a grad student in the Lai Lab, has been selected to receive a 2011 Folsom Distinguished Master's Thesis Award Honorable Mention.
NCESR Awards Grants to Engineering Faculty

The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research announced Energy Research Grants for 2011: Joseph Turner, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering Mechanics, was awarded $70,000 for “Development of Combinaorial Approaches to Enhance Ethanol Production Efficience from Switchgrass Using Micro/Nanoscale Quantification Methods.”

Graphene Research Published

T. Hofmann, A. Boosalis, P. Kühne, C. M. Herzinger, J. A. Woollam, D. K. Gaskill, J. L. Tedesco, and M. Schubert. Hole-channel conductivity in epitaxial graphene determined by terahertz optical-Hall effect and midinfrared ellipsometry. Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 041906 (2011), Vir. J. Nan. Sci. & Tech., Volume 23 , Issue 5 (2011).

Nebraska EPSCoR Award Received

Nebraska EPSCoR awarded a $3.3 million joint grant with Puerto Rico to create cyberinfrastructure and explore nanomaterials for energy efficiency. Evgeny Tsymbal is the chief scientist at University of Nebraska on this project.

MRSEC Review and Symposium to be Held

Nebraska MRSEC Review and Symposium is to be held October 18 - 19, 2010.

Tan Awarded NSF Grant for Nanoparticles

Li Tan was awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the thin fibers of conjugated polymer nanoparticles to enhance photon-electron conversion and improve energy efficiency in thin solar films.

Rajurkar Wins Award

K.P. 'Raju' Rajurkar wins the Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award from the 2010 International Symposium on Flexible Automation for “seminal contributions in the areas of non-traditional machining processes and equipment in particular process modeling, surface integrity and monitoring and control of macro and micro Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), Electro Chemical Machining (ECM) and Ultra-Sonic Machining (USM).”

New Issue of NCMN Newsletter

The Fall 2010 issue of Interfaces, the newsletter of NCMN, has been published.

NCMN Receives NSF Grant for Microscope

NCMN received a $1.3-million grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art transmission electron microscope. (6/24/10)

Ducharme Quoted in Chemistry World

Steve Ducharme of UNL's Department of Physics & Astronomy was quoted in Chemistry World about ferroelectrics.

Huang Receives YIP Award

Jinsong Huang received the 2010 Young Investor Program (YIP) Award from Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to study a novel high quantum efficiency mechanism in organic photodetector.

Huang Chosen for Fellows Program

Jinsong Huang in Mechanical Engineering is one of fourteen assistant professors chosen for research fellows program. Seven are engineering faculty.

DOE Grant Funds Nano Research

David Sellmyer, Ralph Skomski, and Jeff Shield have received a prestigious DOE grant to develop new magnetic materials that could help reduce the nation's dependence on foreign resources. (12/22/09)

Williams Named Outstanding Referee

P. Frazer Williams, Lott Distinguished Professor Emeritus with the Department of Electrical Engineering, is one of 360 journal reviewers receiving the American Physical Society's Outstanding Referee designation, a lifetime honor, in 2009. The APS has 47,000 physicist members worldwide.

Jaswal Named Outstanding Referee

Sitaram Jaswal, Professor Emeritus with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, is one of 360 journal reviewers receiving the American Physical Society's Outstanding Referee designation, a lifetime honor, in 2009. The APS has 47,000 physicist members worldwide.

Saraf Receives DOE Funding

DOE funds Ravi Saraf's work to engineer electronic interface between living cell and nanodevice.

Adenwalla Involved in National Intelligence Grant

Shireen Adenwalla is involved in a newly awarded $3-million, five-year grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. (9/21/09)

Dzenis Assists with Army Grant

Yuris A. Dzenis is part of a $7.5-million Army grant to develop fibers for stronger defense materials.

New NCMN Faculty Members

NCMN welcomes new faculty members Jinsong Huang (Mechanical Engineering), Rebecca Lai (Chemistry), Shadi Othman (Biological Systems Engineering), and Angela K. Pannier (Biological Systems Engineering).

Othman and Turner Named Research Fellows

Shadi Othman, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, and Joseph Turner, professor of engineering mechanics, are two of twelve fellows and senior faculty mentors selected for the inaugural Research Development Fellows Program, an initiative to help pre-tenure faculty successfully compete for grants.

Tsymbal Article Featured

APS's Physics Review Letters featured an article co-authored by Evgeny Tsymbal on the cover of Volume 102 Issue 10. The article is by Karolina Janicka, Julian P. Velev, and Evgeny Tsymbal, and is titled, "Quantum Nature of Two-Dimensional Electron Gas Confinement at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Interfaces."

Gay Named Outstanding Referee

Timothy J. Gay has joined the select list of Outstanding Referees of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals, as chosen by the journal editors for 2009.

Zeng Publishes on Hydrophobic Materials

Xiao Cheng Zeng published research about hydrophobic materials which gives clues for self-cleaning materials and water-striding robots. (5/4/09)

Lu Develops Self-aligning Carbon Nanotubes

Yongfeng Lu leads a research team using a laser to create self-aligning carbon nanotubes. The research was featured in Nanotechnology, LaserFocusWorld, Nanowerk, and nanotechweb.org. (2/25/09)

DiMagno Elected ACS Vice-Chair

Stephen DiMagno was elected Vice-Chair/Membership of the American Chemical Society's Division of Fluorine Chemistry, 2009.

Harbison Research Featured at Conference

Gerard Harbison's bomb detection research was featured at the March 2009 American Chemical Society national news conference.