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Yang team working to improve strength, color of feather-based fibers

Yiqi YangA team led by Yiqi Yang is developing a process that would transform chicken feathers - largely considered a waste product of chicken production - into fibers that find a place in natural fabrics. In a recent study, Yang’s team experimented with a cross-linking class known as saccharide aldehydes. By modifying the molecular structure and concentration of the aldehydes, the team developed keratin fibers substantially stronger than those produced via another popular cross-linker, citric acid. (1/12/22)

U.S.-Issued Patents, July-December 2021

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThe following list includes all U.S.-issued patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers from July 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2021, as reported by NUtech Ventures.

Oxygen Reactive Polymers for Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury; Forrest Kievit, P. Stayton, M. Ypma, P. Chiarelli, J. S. H. Park, R. Ellenbogen, J. M. Xu, P. Mourad, D. Lee, A. Convertine; Issued July 20, 2021

Expedited PCR with Stirring; Hendrik J. Viljoen; Issued Oct. 26, 2021

Methods of Making and Using Lignin Derivatives; Barry Cheung, M. A. Helle; Issued Oct. 26, 2021

Substrate Delivery of Embedded Liposomes; Srivatsan Kidambi, S. L. Hayward; Issued Dec. 21, 2021 (1/11/22)

Top Sponsored Awards, November 2021

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoTop sponsored awards are awards from public entities including all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between Oct. 16 and Nov. 15, 2021, as reported through NUgrant.

James Takacs, J. Checco, J. Clarke, E. Dodds, C. Eichhorn, J. Guo, Rebecca Lai, M. Morton, W. Niu, R. Powers, J. Riethoven, M. Wilson, Y. Zhou; $10,667,732; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-National Institute of General Medical Sciences; Nebraska Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication, Phase 2

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt; $326,090; Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services; NWSS Laboratory Workplan

Jian Wang; $333,267; National Science Foundation; A Metamodeling Framework for Multiscale Mechanical Modeling of Nano-Architectural Crystalline-Amorphous Composites (1/11/22)

Accolades, December 2021

Xia Hong on left and Christos Argyropoulos on rightXia Hong was featured on the podcast “NanoTube,” which is produced by the National Nanotechnology Initiative. During the episode, Hong described her work investigating the properties of complex oxide nanostructures and interfaces.

Christos Argyropoulos, along with co-author Yang Li of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, published “Multiqubit entanglement and quantum phase gates with epsilon-near-zero plasmonic waveguides,” an article that was selected as an Editor’s Pick by the editors at Applied Physics Letters. Editor’s Picks are selected to highlight noteworthy articles that have excellent scientific quality. (1/11/22)

Tsymbal team's data-decoding approach could lead to faster, smaller digital tech

Evgeny TsymbalEvgeny Tsymbal and colleagues have published a new study showing that spin-independent conductance in compensated antiferromagnets and normal metals can be efficiently exploited in spintronics. The team identified ruthenium oxide as just such an antiferromagnet, as well as titanium dioxide as the barrier through which electrons can tunnel. Critically, the atoms of the two respective oxides form the same crystalline structure, resulting in a seamless match that allows electrons to maintain their momentum — and their momentum-dependent spin — as they move between the materials. This research was supported, in part, from the National Science Foundation's $20 million grant facilitating Nebraska's EPSCoR-EQUATE project. (1/6/22)



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