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Dishari receives award from EVC office

Shudipto Dishari.Shudipto Dishari, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is one of 23 faculty and staff to receive an award from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for 2023. Dishari was honored with a College Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes faculty with excellence in teaching. (3/27/23)

Cui praises NUtech workshop

Bai Cui.Bai Cui, R. Vernon McBroom Associate Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, was one of many participants offering praise for the Business Model Canvas workshop hosted by NUtech Ventures. Cui, who is also co-founder of PromeMaterials LLC, said, “These workshops provide valuable opportunities for scientists such as me to learn more about how to convert research concepts into business ideas. The lectures in this workshop shared the most critical knowledge for beginners, and the class discussions helped me to refine my business plans. Also, the NUtech Ventures team has been supporting and encouraging me in the journey to commercializing some new material and manufacturing technologies developed from my lab, including 3D printing.” (3/27/23)

Dishari team developing polymers to boost hydrogen cell efficiency

Shudipto Dishari.Shudipto Dishari, chemical and biomolecular engineering, is leading a research team that is designing polymers to find a solution to ion transport limitations in hydrogen fuel cells by making charge-bearing ions run faster across the cells. They aim to develop new, biological ion channel-inspired ionomers to boost the movement of those charges and improve the performance of clean energy technologies to meet the cost-performance-durability targets set by the Department of Energy. (3/8/23)

New technique yielding insights, potential inhibitors of disease-related enzyme

David Berkowitz.A team led by David Berkowitz, Willa Cather Professor of chemistry, recently revealed a technique for recording the enzyme serine racemase in action, tracking its reactions, and screening for inhibitors that could influence its activity. The platform – which is also useful for studying other enzymes – will enable researchers to learn about serine racemase’s chemistry in detail and facilitates the hunt for potential pharmaceutical-grade inhibitors. (3/6/23)

Atom-thin walls could smash size, memory barriers in next-gen devices

Evgeny Tsymbal. Evgeny Tsymbal and an international team have demonstrated how to construct, control and explain the oxygen-deprived walls of a nanoscopically thin material suited to next-gen electronics. These walls can talk in several electronic dialects that could allow the devices housing them to store even more data, and they can retain their data states even if their devices turn off. Tsymbal's team published its findings in the journal Nature.



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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.