Rebecca Lai.

Associate Professor

Chemistry

651 Hamilton Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588
(402) 472-5340
rlai2@unl.edu
Education
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.Sc., California State University, Los Angeles

Research Interests
  • Electrochemical biosensor design
  • Biomaterials-electrode interface characterization
  • Protein engineering for sensor applications
  • Scanning electrochemical miscroscopy
  • Nanomaterials for energy-related applications

Honors and Awards
  • UNL CAS Original Research and Creative Activity Award (2020)
  • UNL Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education (2018)
  • ACS Partners for Progress and Prosperity (P3) Regional Award (2018)
  • ACS Partners for Progress and Prosperity (P3) Salute to Excellence (2017)
  • ACS Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year (2017)
  • ACS Chemistry Ambassador sash and Certificate of Recognition (2015)
  • UNL NCMN Ambassador Award (2015)
  • UNL College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award (2014)
  • Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professorship (2014 – 2019)
  • NSF CAREER award (2010)

Professional and Education/Outreach Activities
  • Nebraska EPSCoR EQUATE Associate Director (2021 – present)
  • National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) Fellow (2021 – present)
  • Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF) Associate Director (2020 – present)
  • Analytica Chimica Acta Editor (2019 – present) (2020 Impact Factor: 6.558)
  • ACS Local Section Alternate Councilor (2018 – present)
  • UNL SciPop Talks! Co-founder and Co-organizer (2014 – present)
  • “Harry Potter x Science” Education and Outreach Program (2012 – present)
  • UNL Nebraska MRSEC Science Slams Co-organizer (2017 – 2021)
  • Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences (WoPhyS) Conference Chair (2016 – 2021)
  • Nebraska MRSEC Education/Outreach Director (2016 – 2021)
Selected Publications