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Scilight: Iron nanoparticles boost magnetocaloric effect

Christian Binek on left and Jeff Shield on right.A paper authored by Chrisitan Binek, Jeff Shield, and colleagues from North Carolina A&T (NCAT) was recently published in the Journal of Applied Physics. The article "Large refrigerant capacity in superparamagnetic iron nanoparticles embedded in a thin film matrix" was also chosen by AIP's editors to be featured in a "Scilight" - a science highlight showcasing the most interesting research published in AIP Publishing Journals. NCAT was also recently awarded a $10 million grant from the Department of Energy to establish a center focused on clean energy initiatives led by paper co-author Dhananjay Kumar. (11/23/22)


Ghashami, Wang selected for Neb. EPSCoR FIRST Awards

Mohammad Ghashami on left and Yanan Wang on right.Mohammad Ghashami and Yanan Wang were among the recipients of Nebraska EPSCoR's annual FIRST Awards. Funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) infrastructure grant to Nebraska EPSCoR, the competitive FIRST Award grant program assists Nebraska's early-career, tenure-track faculty. The grants are designed to help early career faculty initiate their research programs and compete more effectively for NSF CAREER grants. (11/23/22)


Teamwork by Hong and Schubert leads investigation of remote surface optical phonon scattering in ferroelectric oxide-gated graphene

Xia Hong on left and Mathias Schubert on right.The October 2022 edition of the Journal of Applied Physics features research from a collaboration led by Xia Hong and Mathias Schubert. Their study reveals the room temperature mobility limit in graphene imposed by the ferroelectric oxide gate, providing important material information for designing high-performance ferroelectric/graphene transistors for high frequency, low power nanoelectronic applications. Learn more at https://aip.scitation.org/doi/full/10.1063/5.0106939. (11/10/22)


Top Sponsored Awards, September 2022

Arman Roohi.The following awards from public entities include grants of $200,000 or more between Aug. 16 and Sept. 15, 2022, as reported through NUgrant:

Arman Roohi; $260,664; NSF; Integrated Sensing and Normally-off Computing for Edge Imaging Systems
(11/7/22)


Yang wins Outstanding Achievement award

Yiqi Yang.Yiqi Yang, Charles Bessey professor in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, is the recipient of the 2021 Olney Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Textile Science from the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists. The Olney Medal is AATCC’s highest scientific award, established in 1944 in honor of Louis Atwell Olney, the founder and first president of AATCC. The award consists of a gold medal, a scroll, and an honorarium. Yang received the award at the AATCC Textile Discovery Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Oct. 6, where he also delivered the traditional Olney Medal Address. His talk was titled “A Step Toward a More Sustainable, Responsible and Profitable Textile Industry.” (11/2/22)





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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.