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NRIC 2023: Topology & Valley-Driven Quantum Phenomena

Advanced Materials cover image.The 2023 Nebraska Research and Innovation Conference (NRIC) -- Topology and Valley-Driven Quantum Phenomena -- will take place Friday, March 17, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Lincoln. This all-day meeting includes invited speakers and poster sessions with EQUATE student and post-doctoral researchers. The cost to attend this event is free, however, pre-registration is required. (1/11/23)

U.S.-Issued Patents, October-December 2022

Michael Sealy on left and Eric Markvicka on right.The following list includes U.S.-issued patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to NCMN researchers from Oct. 1, 2022, to Dec. 31, 2022, as reported by NUtech Ventures:

Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Method, Michael Sealy, Guru Charan, Reddy Madireddy, Haitham Hadidi, Cody Kanger - 11,491,718

Single Site Robotic Device and Related Systems and Methods, Thomas Frederick, Shane M. Farritor, Eric Markvicka, Joe Bartels, Jack Mondry - 11,529,201

Top Sponsored Awards, November 2022

Stephen Morin.The following awards from public entities include grants of $200,000 or more between Oct. 16 and Nov. 15, 2022, as reported through NUgrant:

Stephen Morin, $478,683, Department of Defense-U.S. Army Research Office, Powering Soft Actuators Directly with Small Molecule Fuels for Operational Versatility

Nebraska engineers, national labs partner on energy-related research

Jongwan Eun, Yuris Dzenis, and Seunghee Kim pictured on top and Peter and Eli Sutter pictured on bottom.More than $1.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy will allow two College of Engineering teams to expand innovative energy-related research in partnership with national laboratories.

Jongwan Eun, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Seunghee Kim, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; and Yuris Dzenis, R. Vernon McBroom Professor of mechanical and materials engineering, received $675,000 over three years to investigate how inorganic microfibers can make a more resilient barrier material to improve the long-term storage capabilities of vessels that contain high-level nuclear waste and spent nuclear fuel.

Peter Sutter, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Eli Sutter, professor of mechanical and materials engineering, received $747,387 over three years to study new classes of semiconductors for use in photovoltaics and information processing. (1/3/23)

NU Annual Report: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Jongwan Eun.Jongwan Eun, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and colleague Yunwoo Nam, associate professor of community and regional planning, are studying how to remediate gas emissions from landfills with an innovative ground-covering system. They’re using a cover made from an extruded geomembrane with an ethylene vinyl-alcohol layer sandwiched between two inner, low-density polyethylene layers. The team is comparing this system in field tests to traditional covering systems made of low-density polyethylene and no covering. Read more about the project here. (12/13/22)



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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.