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NCMN faculty receive promotion, tenure

Keegan Moore, Bai Cui, and Eva Schubert.The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will award promotion and/or tenure to the following NCMN faculty in 2024: Keegan J. Moore, Mechanical and Materials Engineering - Promoted to Associate Professor and Granted Tenure; Bai Cui, Mechanical and Materials Engineering - Promoted to Professor; Eva Schubert, Electrical and Computer Engineering - Promoted to Professor. (4/15/24)

Centurion earns professorship

Martin Centurion.Martin Centurion has been named a Carl A. Happold Professor of Physics and Astronomy. A professorship is the highest academic award that the university can bestow on a faculty member. Professorships recognize either distinguished scholarship or creative activity, a sustained record of teaching excellence and national visibility for instructional activities/practice, or significant contributions in research and teaching and exceptional promise for future excellence. (4/9/24)

Top Sponsored Awards, February 2024

David Hage, David Berkowitz, and Mehrdad Negahban.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 Jan. 16 and Feb. 15, 2024, as reported by NUtech Ventures:

David Hage, David Berkowitz, $798,269, NSF, New Approaches to Catalyst Screening and Development

Mehrdad Negahban, $225,298, NSF, Collaborative Research: Predicting Long-time Behavior of Polymer Glasses: Alternatives to the TNM/KAHR Approach (3/29/24)

Accolades, March 2024

Nirupam Aich.Nirupam Aich, civil and environmental engineering, and his research group recently published an article, “Influence of Water Chemistry and Operating Parameters on PFOS/PFOA removal using rGO-nZVI nanohybrid,” in the Journal of Hazardous Materials. The paper discusses the development of a novel nanomaterial for capturing and destroying “forever chemicals” from the water. These chemicals, called per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, are a major threat to global public health because of their high toxicity. In the paper, Aich’s team showed how water properties, including pH, salt concentration, and the presence of natural organic matter and oxidant and PFAS concentration, affect PFAS removal using an adsorptive/catalytic nanomaterial. The study lays the groundwork for designing materials for PFAS treatment and removal from water. (3/28/24)

Ciftci, Cheung work highlighted for earning patents

Ozan Ciftci on left and Barry Cheung on right.In a recent report from the National Academy of Inventors, the NU system ranks 73rd worldwide after earning 46 U.S. utility patents in 2023. Husker-led patents earned include Ozan Ciftci and Barry Chin Li Cheung's awards. Ciftci, associate professor of engineering, is using organic processing of lipids to produce and improve novel food products. The work includes the future development of 3D-printed foods that can meet individualized nutritional needs. Cheung, associate professor of chemistry, is focused on multiple applications of cerium oxide. His most recent patent is for a novel procedure that produces nanoparticles that can be used in gas sensors, optical devices, ultraviolet radiation blockers, and glass polishers. (3/15/24)

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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.