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NPR features Gay’s solution to football physics conundrum

Photo of Tim Gay with his arm on a football.Leading up to Super Bowl LVIII, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Tim Gay was featured on a Feb. 7 episode of NPR’s “Short Wave” podcast that delved into a longtime mystery of football physics he helped explain: On a deep, well-thrown pass, why does the front tip of a football follow the ball’s trajectory, so that it points upward when launched but downward by the time it reaches a receiver? (2/14/24)


New material design for transistors could downsize next-gen tech

Photo of Xia Hong.By better taming the Jekyll-and-Hyde nature of an alternative to the semiconductor — one that transitions from electricity-resisting insulator to current-conducting metal — Nebraska’s Xia Hong and colleagues may have unlocked a new path to smaller, more efficient digital devices. The team reported its findings in the journal Nature Communications. (2/14/24)


Top Sponsored Awards, December 2023

Photo of Seunghee Kim.The following list includes all U.S.-issued patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers from Nov. 16 and Dec. 15, 2023, as reported by NUtech Ventures:

Seunghee Kim, $290,078, National Science Foundation-Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, RII Track-4: NSF: Fundamental Study on Hydrogen Flow in Porous Media during Repetitive Drainage-Imbibition Processes and Upscaling for Underground Energy Storage (2/7/24)


EQUATE-funded paper makes cover of Advanced Physics Research

Cover image for this paper published in Advanced Physics Research.Energy-efficient, fast, and non-volatile memory is the apogee of antiferromagnetic spintronics. The cover page shows a device that utilizes an antiferromagnetic, B-doped thin film of magnetoelectric Cr2O3. Voltage applied across the film controls its Néel vector and state variable. To facilitate high-temperature operation, the Néel temperature, TN, of B:Cr2O3 is tuned. In the article by Ather Mahmood, Christian Binek, and colleagues, cold neutron and x-ray photoemission (XPS) data show that annealing leads to interfacial B-accumulation and TN increase. Neutron and XPS depth profiling map the depth-dependent B-concentration. (From Advanced Physics Research) (1/30/24)


U.S.-issued Patents, October-December 2023

University of Nebraska red 'N' logo.The following list includes all U.S.-issued patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers from Oct. 1, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2023, as reported by NUtech Ventures:

Single Site Robotic Device and Related Systems and Methods Thomas Frederick, Shane M. Farritor, Joe Bartels, Jack Mondry, Eric Markvicka 11,819,299

Use of Antioxidants and Recycling Agents for Improving Long-Term Performance of Asphaltic Materials Hamzeh Haghshenas Fatmehsari, Robert Rea 11,795,109

In Situ Mechanical Characterization of a Single Cell-Cell Adhesion Interface Under Large Strain Amir Monemian Esfahani, Nickolay V. Lavrik, Jordan D. Rosenbohm, Bahareh Tajvidi Safa, Grayson Minnick, Ruiguo Yang 11,846,611 (1/10/24)




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Portrait of Dr. Abdelghani Laraoui.

Faculty Spotlight: Abdelghani Laraoui

Dr. Abdelghani Laraoui is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at UNL. Dr. Laraoui’s primary research focuses on developing new quantum materials based on color centers in diamond (NV, SiV, GeV), and defects in wide-bandgap semiconductors (SiC, GaN, ZnO) and two dimensional materials (hBN, TMDs) for applications in quantum sensing and quantum information processing. Read more about Dr. Laraoui's current research in the latest installment of our newsletter Interfaces.