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NCMN researchers appointed NSRI Fellows

Christos Argyropoulos, Eric Markvicka, and Angela PannierChristos Argyropoulos, Eric Markvicka, and Angela Pannier have been named National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) Fellows. According to Maj. Gen., USAF (Ret.) Rick Evans, NSRI executive director, "(NSRI's) objective is to bring the might of the University of Nebraska System's intellectual and physical research capability and capacity to the DOD and the Nation." The aim of an NSRI Fellow is to contribute their expertise to the strategic deterrence and countering weapons of mass destruction mission areas. (5/4/22)

Iverson receives CAREER Award

Portrait of Nicole Iverson.Nicole Iverson has received a five-year, $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program. The award supports her team's research into using carbon nanotubes to diagnose diseases like diabetes or certain forms of cancer. It also will be used for community outreach to expand understanding of nanotechnology. (5/4/22)

Top Sponsored Awards, March 2022

Bai Cui and Ruiguo Yang.The following awards from public entities include grants of $200,000 or more between Feb. 16 and March 15, 2022, as reported through NUgrant:

Bai Cui; $300,000; West Virginia University; Additively Manufactured Graded Composite Transition Joints for Dissimilar Metal Weldments in Advanced Ultra-Supercritical Power Plant
Ruiguo Yang; $536,907; National Science Foundation; CAREER: Characterization of the Rate-Dependent Mechanical Behavior of the Cell-Cell Adhesion Interface (5/4/22)

Husker team demonstrates that MoS2 is ferroelectric

Portraits of Alexei Gruverman (on left) and Alexander Sinitskii (on right).Alexei Gruverman, Alex Sinitskii, and colleagues (including Evgeny Tsymbal) have demonstrated that molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is ferroelectric. The vertical separation and arrangement of negative vs. positive charges in ferroelectric materials can be instantaneously flipped just by applying some voltage. Those oppositely aligned, or polarized, states can be read or stored as the 1s and 0s of binary data, with the states remaining even when a power source has been cut. (4/27/22)

Gruverman earns University Professorship

Alexei GruvermanAlexei Gruverman will be Charles J. Mach professor of physics and astronomy. Gruverman currently holds a Charles Bessey professorship and conducts research related to ferroelectric materials, which are critical elements of modern electronics. He pioneered the use of piezoresponse force microscopy for nondestructive imaging of ferroelectric domains and his method is now actively used in ferroelectric research worldwide. His research into applications of PFM has resulted in over 240 publications, many in journals of international stature. The impact of Gruverman's research spans more than 15,000 citations of his work and numerous invitations to seminars. He has received many awards and honors, most notable being the Humboldt Research Award and being named an International Fellow of the Japan Society of Applied Physics. Gruverman has won, led, and participated in about 20 research projects as PI or co-PI with total funding of more than $34 million ($3 million as principal investigator) over his career. He played a major role in the success of the National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, as well as several other large multi-investigator grants. (4/25/22)



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