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Bartelt-Hunt selected for Big Ten leadership program

Shannon Bartelt-HuntShannon Bartelt-Hunt is one of 11 faculty selected by the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor to participate in a Big Ten Academic Alliance leadership program this year. Bartelt-Hunt was chosen for the Department Executive Officers Progam, where fellows will attend a virtual program to learn about leadership at a departmental level, including unique perspectives and challenges regarding faculty development, performance, communication, conflict resolution, time management, and mentoring. (9/13/21)

Hong, Wang, selected for Research Leaders Program

Xia Hong on left and Jian Wang on right Xia Hong and Jian Wang are among 15 faculty members selected for the second cohort of ORED's Research Leader's Program. These research-active faculty will learn the information, skills and connections needed to assemble and lead teams in the pursuit of major extramural funding. (9/7/21)

Argyropoulos named senior member of SPIE

Christos Argyropoulous Christos Argyropoulous has been named a senior member of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Senior members are honored for their scientific excellence across the broad spectrum of optics and photonics research and applications, their active involvement with the optics community and SPIE, and significant performance that distinguishes them. Argyropoulos is the principal investigator for Nebraska’s Plasmonics, Metamaterials, and Integrated Nanophotonics Lab. (9/6/21)

Top Sponsored Awards, July 2021

University of Nebraska Lincoln logoTop sponsored awards are awards from public entities including all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between June 16 and July 15, 2021, as reported through NUgrant.

Alexander Sinitskii; $627,324; University of Pittsburgh; Topological Spin Qubits Based on Graphene Nanoribbons

David Hage, D. Snow; $400,000; National Science Foundation; Ultrafast Affinity Extraction Fundamental Studies and Use in Environmental Applications

Prahalada Rao, K. Cole; $250,000; National Science Foundation; UFAST: Ultrafast Additive Simulation Technology (9/3/21)

John earns NNCI Outstanding Staff Award

Jacob JohnJacob John, Coordinator and Program Manager of the Nebraska Nanoscale Facility, has been awarded a 2021 Outstanding NNCI Staff Member award in the category of 'User Support.' The awards, presented by the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), acknowledge the significant efforts by NNCI site staff members who endeavor to provide excellent service and support to all network users. (8/20/21)

Kidambi, Sealy named Governance and Technology Center fellows

Srivatsan Kidambi on left and Michael Sealy on rightSrivatsan Kidambi and Michael Sealy were named to the second class of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center's faculty fellows. The fellows are academics with an interdisciplinary inclination who are interested in the challenges of changing technology. The goal of the program is to develop a cohort of academics who are able to understand - and effectively communicate about - technology challenges in interdisciplinary terms. (8/10/21)

Haghshenas Fatmehsari team looking at corn, soybean oil to recycle asphalt

Hamzeh Haghshenas FatmehsariHamzeh Haghshenas Fatmehsari and colleagues are studying the efficacy of using corn and soybean oil in the process of recycling asphalt. The rising cost and environmental impact of using crude oil in the process prompted Haghshenas Fatmehsari to explore greener alternatives. He knew that vegetable oils, specifically corn and soybean oil, were great options for recycling asphalt in the short term. Now he and his team are trying to improve the long-term performance of the recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) material containing these oils. (8/4/21)

Top Sponsored Awards, June 2021

Siamek Nejati on left and Mathias Schubert on right.Top Sponsored Awards include awards from public entities includes all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between May 16 and June 15, 2021, as reported through NUgrant:

Siamek Nejati; $593,240; National Science Foundation; CAREER: Molecular Layer Deposition of Porous Organic Frameworks

Mathias Schubert and R. Korlacki; $499,987; U.S. Department of Defense-Air Force Office of Scientific Research; Terahertz Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Ellipsometry Defect Characterization in Ultrawideband Gap Monoclinic Gallium Oxide and Related Alloys

Binek, Pannier on Grand Challenges steering committee

Christian Binek on left and Angela Pannier on right.Christian Binek and Angela Pannier have been selected for a steering committee created to guide the next steps of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Grand Challenges process. “This committee will serve as a bridge from the N2025 Strategic Plan to the development of a process for implementing our Grand Challenges,” said Rick Bevins, committee co-chair. “In our first meeting, it was clear that the members care deeply and will work hard to ensure success.”  (7/30/21)

Lu team develop method to guard carbon fiber against oxidation

Yongfeng LuYongfeng Lu and colleagues have developed a low-cost, scalable method of protecting carbon fibers from oxidation when exposed to extreme temperatures. They found that dipping carbon fibers into a molten salt mixture containing titanium and chromium powders triggers a spontaneous reaction that leaves the fibers with a three-layer protective coating. The coated carbon fibers remained undamaged when exposed to 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit and extreme environmental conditions simulated with an oxyacetylene flame. Bai Cui is also involved in this research. (7/26/21)

Pannier named inaugural Swarts Family Chair

Angela PannierAngela Pannier has been named the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s inaugural Swarts Family Chair in Biological Systems Engineering. The named chair is an honor decades in the making, taking root in 1997 when a scholarship gift sparked a friendship between Pannier (then an engineering student) and Dr. Carol Swarts, a pioneering Nebraska physician. “I am humbled and grateful that I not only get to hold the endowed chair, but I get to hold the Swarts family endowed chair, endowed by a person who has meant and continues to mean so much to me,” Pannier said. (7/20/21)

Nejati earns CAREER award

Siamek NejatiSiamak Nejati has received a five-year, $593,240 Faculty Early Career Development Program grant from the National Science Foundation to build on his previous research on molecular structures. The goal of Nejati’s CAREER project is to realize a new green pathway that enables the high-precision deposition of ultra-thin porous and covalent organic frameworks. He will use a molecular layer deposition approach to construct films that feature a wide and tunable range of porosity in a solvent-free coating process. (7/16/21)

NCMN Faculty receive Layman Awards

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThe Office of Research and Economic Development has announced the recipients of its 2021-22 Layman Awards program, which funds work that enhances a researcher’s ability to obtain external funding to support prominent scholarship.

Robert Streubel received an award through the Layman Seed Program track, which funds new projects by early-career faculty who are nontenured. Shireen Adenwalla and Gustavo Larsen received their awards through the New Directions Program tract, which funds tenured faculty who are branching into new research directions or need funding to support pilot or developmental work toward the next step in a funded research program. (7/2/21)

Top Sponsored Awards, May 2021

Rebecca LaiTop Sponsored Awards include awards from public entities includes all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between April 16 and May 15, 2021, as reported through NUgrant:

Rebecca Lai; $339,325; University of Connecticut; A Wireless, Closed-Loop Neural Probe for Optogenetics, Pharmacology and Neurochemical Monitoring (7/2/21)

U.S.-Issued Patents, April-June 2021

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThe following includes U.S.-issued patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers from April 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021, as reported by NUtech Ventures:


Sellmyer honored with endowed chair

John Woollam on left and David Sellmyer on right.David Sellmyer has been recognized for his achievements at Nebraska with an endowed faculty chair named in his honor. The David J. Sellmyer Chair in Condensed Matter Physics was established with a gift from John Woollam to the University of Nebraska Foundation. The Sellmyer Chair will be used to recruit faculty members with a strong publication record, proven effectiveness in building experimental collaborations, and success in securing collaborative grants. Additionally, the chair holder will grow the stature of the condensed-matter physics program, be dedicated to mentoring graduate students, and promote excellent physics education at all levels. (6/24/21)

Skomski receives REPM 2021 award

REPM award presented to Ralph SkomskiRalph Skomski was honored with an REPM award at the 26th International Workshop on Rare-Earth and Future Permanent Magnets and their Applications. The award recognizes Skomski for his outstanding work on the research and development of permanent magnet materials. (6/10/21)

EQUATE project feature of WebMD article

Leaders of the EQUATE projectThe EPSCoR-EQUATE project (funded by a $20 million NSF grant) was the topic of a recent WebMD news article. The article highlighted Nebraska's unique position in the 'Silicon Prairie' to build a qualified workforce of quantum experts between the coasts. Christian Binek was interviewed and discussed the importance of the quantum science revolution and some of the advances in electronics, lasers, and medicine this grant will support. (6/9/21)

Streubel team advances understanding, control of magnetic droplets

Robert StreubelIn 2019, a team that included Robert Streubel managed to endow liquid droplets with permanent magnetism, partly by embedding them with tens of billions of iron oxide nanoparticles. Now, the team has shown the ability to tailor the magnetic properties of those droplets in multiple ways. The researchers were especially interested in learning how to tailor the magnetic properties of the droplets and, by extension, gain greater control over their movement. See the study. (6/8/21)

Recent publications: Streubel and Tsymbal

Robert Streubel (right) and Evgeny Tsymbal (left)Robert Streubel and Evgeny Tsymbal are co-authors of a perspective published in the Journal of Applied Physics titled, Magnetism in curved geometries.
Streubel is also co-author of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA titled, Ferromagnetic liquid droplets with adjustable magnetic properties. (6/1/21)

Morin demonstrates control over the transport of microscopic droplets

Stephen MorinBy stretching and relaxing their specially designed films, Nebraska chemists Stephen Morin and Ali Mazaltarim have demonstrated unprecedented control over the movement of liquid droplets on flat surfaces. That control could make the technique useful in self-cleaning materials, water harvesting and other applications. See the study. (5/28/21)

Kim awarded Nebraska Environmental Trust grant

Seunghee KimSeunghee Kim was one of 23 Nebraska researchers who received a 2021 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Kim received $196,467 for his work to assess greenhouse gas sequestration resources in Districts 5, 6 and 7 to improve carbon management opportunities in Nebraska. (5/25/21)

NCMN faculty named NSRI Fellows

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThe National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska has launched NSRI Fellows to amplify the university system’s research contributions to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies with national security missions. The following NCMN members are part of the inaugural group, featuring 31 University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty out of 74 researchers from across the NU system: David Berkowitz, Chemistry; Rebecca Lai, Chemistry; Sy-Hwang Liou, Physics & Astronomy; Eric Carnes, Chemical Engineering at UNMC; Patrick Dussault, Chemistry. (5/20/21)

$20 million grant for EQUATE announced

Leaders of the EQUATE project The University of Nebraska has received a five-year, $20 million award from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to create a research and education cluster aimed at enhancing the state’s competitiveness in the field of emergent quantum materials and technologies, and boosting the participating institutions’ research and education capacity. The Nebraska EPSCoR-Emergent Quantum Materials and Technologies (EQUATE) collaboration will revolutionize quantum science and create opportunities in education and through economic development. This announcement was also featured in the Lincoln Journal Star. (5/24/21)

Binek named Charles Bessey professor of physics and astronomy

Christian BinekChristian Binek was one of six professors recently awarded professorship from the Office of the Executive Vice-Chancellor. The Charles Bessey/Willa Cather professorship was established in 2001 to recognize faculty members with the rank of professor who have established exceptional records of distinguished scholarship or creative activity.

Binek is internationally recognized in the field of magneto-electric phenomena related to spintronics, which explores and exploits the quantum spin on atoms, molecules, or assemblies as the basis for a new generation of electronic and data storage devices. He has written 122 peer-reviewed papers, co-authored a textbook on thermodynamics, published a monograph on Ising-Antiferromagnets, three book chapters, and five patents. Binek is involved with many initiatives that pursue major grant-funded research objectives and regularly speaks at domestic and international venues, including 2018 testimony on nanotechnology before a Congressional Committee. Binek serves as director of the university’s Nebraska Nanoscale Facility and as director of the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience. (5/10/21)

NCMN faculty receive promotion, tenure

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoPromotion and tenure recipients for 2021 have been announced and include the following NCMN faculty members: Promoted to Associate Professor and Granted Tenure: Christos Argyropoulos, Electrical and Computer Engineering; Michael Sealy, Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Vitaly Alexandrov, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Promoted to Professor: Martin Centurion, Physics and Astronomy. (4/26/21)

Morin to speak in MRS Webinar Series

Stephen Morin Stephen Morin will be speaking in a webinar on 'Materials Challenges in Soft Robotics' hosted by the Materials Research Society (MRS). The webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 28 at 7 a.m. The event is free, but you must register to attend. Register here. (4/26/21)

Pocket Science feature: Lu's lasers and flames

Yongfeng LuYongfeng Lu and colleagues (including Rebecca Lai and Bai Cui) have shown how a laser can modify chemical reactions taking place within a flame, allowing them to coat materials with performance-enhancing chemicals while avoiding a side effect that reduces the performance of semiconductors and other microelectronic components. View the study. (4/23/21)

Binek to present for W2S webinar

Christian BinekChristian Binek will present his topic, 'Voltage controlled Néel vector rotation in zero magnetic field,' as part of the Webinar series on Spintronics hosted by the National Institute of Science Education and Research Bhubaneswar in India. The webinar will take place on April 21 at 11 p.m. CST. Please contact Dr. Subhankar Bedanta at if you would like to attend. (4/20/21)

Hage, Yang receive Family and Friends Recognition Award

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoDavid Hage and Ruiguo Yang are two of 75 recipients of the 2020-2021 Family and Friends award. The Family and Friends Awards, formerly known as the Parents’ Recognition Awards, recognize faculty and staff who have made a significant difference in students’ lives. All nominations are submitted by parents, family and friends of students who include a short explanation of why this person was nominated. This is a first-time award for both professors. (4/12/21)

Binek, Dowben, Gruverman team makes breakthrough with antiferromagnetic material

A rendering of the opposing magnetic poles in a so-called antiferromagnetAfter years of toil, a team led by Christian Binek, Peter Dowben, and Alexei Gruverman have developed a quantum material whose magnetic states can be altered by electric means alone, and above room temperature. The antiferromagnetic material - chromium oxide with a dash of boron - has properties that could make it a practical candidate for drastically improving the power consumption and speed of digital memory. The study was published in Nature Communications. (4/5/21)

Dishari receives 3M Award

Shudipto DishariShudipto Dishari has received the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award for 2021. This highly competitive award recognizes the outstanding young faculty across the U.S. who excel in STEM research, academic leadership and experience, and is designed to help them achieve tenure by providing an unrestricted gift of $15,000 per year for up to three years. (4/5/21)

Ndao article in top 100 downloads in 2020

Sidy NdaoSidy Ndao's article - NanoThermoMechanical AND and OR Logic Gates - received 2,191 downloads in 2020, placing it as one of the top 100 downloaded physics papers for Scientific Reports in 2020. The journal published more than 800 physics papers in 2020. (4/1/21)

Iverson featured in "She's a Scientist" series

Nicole IversonNicole Iverson, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, was featured in University Communications "She's a Scientist" video series this week. Iverson is currently working to develop nanoscopic sensors aimed at detecting earlier hints of disease at the cellular level. (3/26/21)

Lai featured in "She's a Scientist" series

Rebecca LaiRebecca Lai, associate professor of chemistry and Harry Potter aficionado, is the second researcher to be featured in the "She's a Scientist" video series produced by University Communications to celebrate Women's History Month. Lai is well known for her unique teaching approach of combining Harry Potter with chemistry, associating elements of the fictional world with real-life applications. (3/12/21)

Eun, Kim team aims for safer storage of nuclear waste

Jongwan Eun (l) and Seunghee Kim (r)Jongwan Eun and Seunghee Kim are leading a team of researchers working to develop a barrier material that will make the geological storage of spent nuclear fuels a safer proposition. The team is looking at adding an inorganic microfiber, such as glass, to bentonite to create a less-permeable and more-durable and heat-resistant material to store the spent fuel. The team has received a three-year, $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. (3/10/21)

Bao published in Nature Photonics

Wei BaoWei Bao and colleagues recently published an article in Nature Photonics titled A non-unitary metasurface enables continuous control of quantum photon–photon interactions from bosonic to fermionic. (2/17/21)

Faculty acknowledged for work on Grand Challenges framework

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoFollowing Chancellor Ronnie Green’s 2020 State of Our University address, ORED was charged with designing and leading an open, participatory process for the campus community to identify a portfolio of Nebraska “Grand Challenges.” The challenge themes will help guide activities and talent and be used to direct institutional investment and resource allocation. The following NCMN faculty contributed to the process of identifying the Grand Challenge themes. Those with an asterisk (*) listed after their names also participated in writing the theme descriptions:


Zeng's 'Nice Ice' featured in "Deep Freeze" article

Xiao Cheng ZengA Nebraska Today article highlighting "downright cold feats at Nebraska" in light of recent subzero temps, featured Xiao Cheng Zeng and his 'Nice Ice.' Cheng and colleagues discovered that ice grows upward from water-repellent surfaces, making it far easier to remove than ice that grows flat on more absorbent surfaces. (2/15/21)

Yang team develops system to measure resilience, breakage of cellular bridge

Ruiguo YangRuiguo Yang and his colleagues have managed to record the biomechanical behavior of mature, individual cell-to-cell junctions for the first time, as reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2/3/21)

Accolades, January 2021

Alexei GruvermanAlexei Gruverman received the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The honor goes to up to 100 people per year, recognizing researchers whose fundamental discoveries, theories or insights have had — and will continue to have — a significant impact in their field. Recipients are invited to carry out research projects in cooperation with specialist colleagues in Germany.

Jian YangJian Wang was named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers fellowship status to worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Nominated by ASME members and fellows, an ASME member must have 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME.


Yang team applying electric charges to cell surfaces

Ruiguo YangRuiguo Yang and colleague Jae Sung Park have received a three-year, $387,356 grant from the National Science Foundation to apply electric charges to cells and study how those charges change the flows around pores in a cell’s surface. The idea is to improve drug delivery systems that could help fight cancer, heart disease, and neurodegenerative diseases. (1/26/21)

Research Highlight: Robert Streubel

Dr. Robert StreubelRobert Streubel has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. His special issue contribution "The effect of Cu additions in FePt-BN-SiO2 heat-assisted magnetic recording media" focuses on the impact of structural and chemical order in L10 FePt.

Streubel's work was also recently published in Advanced Materials. "Chiral Spin Textures in Amorphous Iron–Germanium Thick Films" reports experimental evidence of 3D chiral spin textures, i.e., helical spins and skyrmions with different chirality and topological charge, stabilized in amorphous Fe–Ge thick films. (1/22/21)

NCMN faculty featured in NUtech annual report

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThe following NCMN faculty members were featured in NUtech Venture's 2019-2020 Nebraska Research Report:


Achievements, January 15

Dr. Florin BobaruFlorin Bobaru, and colleagues Siavash Jafarzadeh and Ziguang Chen, have been awarded the 2020 Corrosion Best Paper Award from NACE International for “Peridynamic Modeling of Repassivation in Pitting Corrosion of Stainless Steel,” published in Corrosion. (1/15/21)

Hage, Dishari highlighted by NUtech Ventures

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoDavid Hage and Shudipto Dishari were featured in an article from NUtech Ventures highlighting key stories from 2020 that shaped the transfer of research and creative activity to the marketplace. Hage helped design a COVID-19 antibody test and Dishari is developing polymers to reduce the cost and improve the energy efficiency of hydrogen-based fuel cells, which are used to fuel electric cars. (1/12/21)

US-Issued Patents, Oct-Dec 2020

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThe following list includes all U.S.-issued patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers from Oct. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2020, as reported by NUtech Ventures.

  • Leidenfrost Droplet Microfluidics; Sidy Ndao, Dennis Alexander, George Gogos, Troy Anderson, Craig Zuhlke; 10,792,660
  • Hydrogel Microphone; Li Tan, Yang Gao, Qin Zhou, Yongmei Chen; 10,801,906
  • Effective Hair Styling Compositions and Processes; Yiqi Yang, Helan Xu, Kaili Song; 10,828,246


Top Sponsored Awards, November 2020

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThese are awards from public entities, including all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between October 16 and November 15, 2020, as reported through NUgrant:

  • Ozan Ciftci (and colleagues D. Ciftci and R. Hutkins); FDST; $481,960; Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture; An Innovative Green Platform Technology to Manufacture Novel Multifunctional Hollow Solid Lipid Micro- and Nanoparticles
  • Evgeny Tsymbal; PHYS; $375,005; University of Wisconsin; Engineered Quantum Heterostructures with Epitaxial Antiperovskites


Ciftci receives LIST International Award in Bioinnovation

Dr. Ozan CiftciOzan Ciftci has received the LIST International Award in Bioinnovation from the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology. The award honors the most outstanding research in the areas of bioavailability of nutrients, nutrient transport or nutrient effectiveness on a cellular level. Ciftci was honored for his discovery of a novel, green-based approach to improve the bioaccessibility of curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric that has the potential to help prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer and other diseases. (12/7/20)

Takacs named AAAS fellow

Dr. James TakacsJames Takacs is one of four Nebraska faculty to be named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Takacs was elected for distinguished contributions to synthetic organic chemistry, commitment to mentoring and excellence in postsecondary chemical education, and the advancement of science through academic administration. (11/24/20)

Iverson team earns grant to improve nitric oxide sensors

Dr. Nicole IversonA team led by Nicole Iverson has earned a $1.77 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to make nitric oxide sensors easy to use and to utilize them to study both healthy and diseased cells. (11/11/20)

Dishari named NUtech Emerging Innovator of the Year

Dr. Shudipto DishariNUtech Ventures hosted its Innovator Celebration on Nov. 2, held as part of Nebraska Research Days. The Emerging Innovator of the Year award went to Shudipto Dishari, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. The award recognizes an individual, often a junior faculty member, for recent innovation contributions.

Dishari’s research focuses on designing ion-conducting and light-harvesting polymers, exploring the nanoscale phenomena within polymeric thin films and membranes. Her work could help reduce the cost and improve the energy efficiency of hydrogen-based fuel cells. Other potential applications include energy conversion and storage device systems, such as lithium batteries, semi-conductors, and biochemical systems. (11/4/20)

Yang publishes new book

Jiashi YangJiashi Yang recently published his new book Mechanics of Piezoelectric, 2nd Edition. This book covers one- and two-dimensional theories of piezoelectric structures including rods, beams, plates and shells. In addition to the so-called low-frequency motions of extension and bending, high-frequency motions of thickness shear and thickness stretch are also considered for certain applications unique in resonant piezoelectric devices. Both single-layer and multi-layer structures are treated. Nonlinear effects due to large deflection or large shear deformation are also discussed. The emphasis is on the development of structural theories with various levels of sophistication for different applications in piezoelectric devices. (10/31/20)

Accolades, October 2020

Angela PannierAngela Pannier was named to the 2020 Class of Fellows in the Biomedical Engineering Society. Fellows have demonstrated exceptional achievements and have made significant contributions within the biomedical engineering field. They also have extensive leadership within the field and have served within the society. (10/30/20)

Gay solves conundrum of football physics

Dr. Tim GayTim Gay and colleagues have discovered the answer to a football physics question that stumped him for years - when a quarterback throws a deep, well-thrown pass, why does the football point up when thrown and then down when about to be caught? The answer lay in the concept of gyroscopic stabilization. The team knew that a well-thrown football, like the high-RPM gyroscope, possesses plenty of angular momentum. But with the aid of math and computer simulations, they came to a vital conclusion: The football can adopt a precession, too. (10/5/20)

Top Awards from Public Sponsors, August 2020

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThese are awards from public entities, including all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between May 16 and June 15, 2020, as reported through NUgrant. NCMN recipients:

  • Joe Turner (and colleagues L. Rilett and H. Sharif-Kashani); MME; $535,500; Kansas State University; Rural Rail Safety Center
  • Alexey Kovalev; PHYS; $344,971; Department of Energy; Spin Currents in Magnetic Systems and Heterostructures


2020 Service Awards for NCMN faculty and staff

University of Nebraska-Lincoln logoThe following NCMN faculty and staff were honored during this year's (virtual) Celebration of Service, which celebrates faculty and staff employed with the University in five-year increments.

  • 5 Years: Nicole Iverson-BSE, Vitaly Alexandrov-CBE, Jiong Hu-CEE Omaha, Eli Sutter-MME, Peter Sutter-ECE, Jian Wang-MME, Michael Sealy-MME
  • 10 Years: Srivatsan Kidambi-CBE, Lucia Fernandez Ballester-MME, Jiong Hua-NCMN
  • 15 Years: Yong Rak Kim-CEE, Mathias Schubert-ECE, Li Tan-MME
  • 20 Years: Xingzhong Li-NCMN
  • 30 Years: Jody Redepenning-CHEM, Shelli Krupricka-NCMN
  • 45 Years: Dennis Alexander-ECE


Centurion named APS fellow

Martin CenturionMartin Centurion has been elected a 2020 Fellow of the American Physical Society. Fellowships recognize members who may have made advances in physics through original research and publication; significant, innovative contributions in the application of physics to science and technology; significant contributions to the teaching of physics; or service and participation in the activities of the Society. (9/28/20)

Bartelt-Hunt searching sewage for COVID-19

Shannon Bartelt-HuntShannon Bartelt-Hunt is expanding her research on identifying SARS-CoV-2 in sewage to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's City Campus. This testing is part of a larger research project Bartelt-Hunt is working on with UNMC to determine the feasibility of using wastewater for SARS-CoV-2 community surveillance. (9/25/20)

Turner selected for Research Leaders Program

Joe TurnerJoe Turner is one of 15 UNL faculty members selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Office of Research and Economic Development’s Research Leaders Program. Among the first of its kind in the nation, this initiative to identify and develop Nebraska’s next generation of research leaders is in partnership with the Center for Professional and Executive Development in the College of Business. (9/4/20)

NCMN honors and publications for Sept. 4

David Hage David Hage has earned the ACS Award in Chromatography from the American Chemical Society. Recipients are recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of chromatography, with particular consideration given to developments of new methods. He will be honored at the ACS 2021 Spring National Meeting in San Antonio.

Shudipto Dishari Shudipto Dishari and a team of researchers co-authored an article titled Ionomers From Kraft Lignin for Renewable Energy Applications that is featured in Frontiers in Chemistry’s “Women In Science”. (9/4/20)

Bartelt-Hunt on team finding antibiotics in Nebraska watersheds

Shannon Bartelt-HuntShannon Bartelt-Hunt is among a team of researchers from UNL and UNMC that have discovered antibiotics used in human treatment in two Nebraska watersheds near Fremont and Lincoln. The discovery has researchers concerned about the impact this will have on the increasing resistance to antibiotics in humans. (9/3/20)

Top Awards from Public Sponsors, July 2020

Joe TurnerThese are awards from public entities, including all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between May 16 and June 15, 2020, as reported through NUgrant. NCMN recipients:

  • Joe Turner; MME; $301,395; National Science Foundation, Integrated Analysis of the Cell Biological, Biomechanical, and Physiological Dynamics of Stomatal Guard Cells in Plants

UNL announces NNF five-year renewal

University of Nebraska logoThe University of Nebraska has announced the five-year renewal of the Nebraska Nanoscale Facility through the NSF’s National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure program.
“We can proudly say here in Nebraska that this is quite an elite club we are in,” said Christian Binek, director of the nanoscale facility. The national infrastructure aims to ensure “the entire country is equipped with the tools and expertise to perform nanoscience and nanotechnology. With this infrastructure we have, we are in a very good position to play an important role and compete nationwide and even internationally in this field,” Binek said. (8/28/20)

Bartelt-Hunt receives COVID-related grant from ORED

Shannon Bartelt-HuntShannon Bartelt-Hunt is heading one of 20 research teams at Nebraska that have received a grant from the Office of Research and Economic Development’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program. Bartelt-Hunt’s project: “Using Wastewater to Track COVID in Nebraska’s Communities.” (8/7/20)

Top Awards from Public Sponsors, June 2020

University of Nebraska LogoThese are awards from public entities, including all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between May 16 and June 15, 2020, as reported through NUgrant. NCMN recipients:

  • David Berkowitz; CHEM; $476,140; National Science Foundation; NSF IPA Assignment
  • Yuris Dzenis; MME; $599,374; Department of Defense-Air Force Office of Scientific Research; Ultratough Lightweight High-Temperature Nanofibers for Aerospace Composites
  • Florin Bobaru (and colleague A. Larios); MME; $748,375; National Science Foundation; Corrosion-Induced Fracture and Failure: Transforming Computations from Micrometers and Minutes to Meters and Years
  • Peter Dowben; PHYS; $486,234; National Science Foundation; Heteromolecular Interface Design for Better Multiferroic Molecular Spintronics
  • Jongwan Eun and Seunghee Kim (and colleagues J. Steelman, M. Asadollahipajouh, C. Song, and C. Stolle); CEE; $248,261; Alaska Dept of Transportation & Public Facilities; Evaluation of Light Pole Foundation Embedment

Husker team fine-tuning skyrmions to improve data storage, processing

University of Nebraska logoA team led by David Sellmyer, Balamurugan Balasubramanian, and Ralph Skomski continue to make progress on their work improving skyrmions, by making them smaller and more stable, so they can be useful in practical applications. The team was recently able to increase the magnetic ordering temperature of a skyrmion supporting material beyond room temperature while also shrinking the size of the skyrmions to ~17 nanometers. This discovery counters the conventional wisdom that only larger skyrmions can be realized at room temperature; for future applications, skyrmions would ideally be ~10 nanometers. (7/21/20)

Binek contributes to 2020 Magnetism Roadmap

Christian BinekChristian Binek was one of several scientists chosen to contribute to the 2020 Magnetism Roadmap, which offers an expose of newly relevant and highly active areas in magnetism research. Binek’s contribution is titled “Multiferroic heterostructures and magnetoelectrics.” (7/20/20)

Bartelt-Hunt on team testing wastewater for virus detection

Shannon Bartelt-HuntShannon Bartelt-Hunt and a team of researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center have partnered with the Lincoln Wastewater System to start projects that use wastewater samples for early detection of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. In a study conducted at Yale University, researchers were able to predict the number of coronavirus cases seven days ahead using the amounts of coronavirus found in wastewater samples. Bartelt-Hunt has been collecting weekly wastewater samples from Lincoln, Grand Island, and Omaha and working with researchers at UNMC on testing methods and the possibilities of sequencing and culturing the virus to learn more about its origins as well as precautions needed for utilities workers. (7/10/20)

NCMN in the national news, June 2020

Xiao Cheng ZengXiao Cheng Zeng was elected to the Chemistry Division of the European Academy of Sciences, an independent organization of the most distinguished scholars and engineers who are at the forefront of research and development of advanced technologies. (7/6/20)

Top Awards from Public Sponsors, May 2020

University of Nebraska-Lincoln LogoThese are awards from public entities, including all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between March 16 and April 15, 2020, as reported through NUgrant. NCMN recipients:

  • David Berkowitz (and colleagues M. Wilson, W. Nui); CHEM; $603,881; National Science Foundation; Engineering Enzymes for New Stereoselective and Stereodynamic Processes: An Integrated Chemistry-Bioengineering-X-Ray Crystallography-Molecular Dynamics Approach
  • Dennis Alexander, Christos Argyropoulos (and colleagues C. Zuhlke, G. Gogos, N. Ianno, J.Shield); ECE; $385,240; Department of Defense-Office of Naval Research-Defense University Research Instrumentation Program; Femtosecond Streak Camera for Studying the Role of Laser Induced Plasmas in Ultrafast Light-Matter Interactions
  • Ozan Ciftci (and colleagues Y. Menese Gonzalez, R. Moreau, D. Rose); FDST; $468,000; USDA-NIFA; An Innovative Approach to Increasing Bioavailability of Curcumin using Nanoporous Starch Bioaerogels

U.S.-Issued Patents, April-June 2020

Chris ExstromThe following U.S.-issued patents were granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers from April 1, 2020, to June 30, 2020, as reported by NUtech Ventures:

  • Christopher Exstrom (and colleagues J. Huang, B. Mao); Patent 10,680,125; Synthesis of Air Stable Pyrite Nanocrystals for Photovoltaic Application

NCMN in the national news, June 2020

David BerkowitzDavid Berkowtiz was featured in Chemistry World’s “Chemists Amid Coronavirus” series on June 16. He recently began his appointment as director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Chemistry. He also continues to conduct research at Nebraska. (7/2/20)

Hage team helping develop COVID-19 antibody test

David HageDavid Hage and his graduate students are part of a nationwide team, led by ni2o Inc., that is repurposing patented technologies to develop and manufacture a fast-acting COVID-19 antibody test. Hage’s team is using his own previously patented research (a support material that helps compounds rapidly bind together, along with a method for using the material in clinical testing) to develop a faster antibody test that is easy to use in a clinical setting. Right now they are just focusing on identifying any COVID-19 antibodies, but hope to progress to where the test can identify different types of antibodies. Hage’s progress was featured on KETV Omaha. (6/22/20)

NCMN in the national news, May 2020

University of Nebraska LogoA study by Yuris Dzenis and colleagues yielding breakthroughs in understanding the failure of high-performance fibers was featured on and (6/1/20)

The legacy of Sellmyer’s career and leadership

David Sellmyer In the second story of a five part series from ORED highlighting research leadership, the spotlight shined on David Sellmyer’s leadership successes during his long career. The article features much commentary from current and former colleagues praising his leadership, mentorship, management, and his knack for seeing the big picture. (5/29/20)

Berkowitz joins NSF

David BerkowitzOn May 24, David Berkowitz assumed the position of division director of NSF’s chemistry division under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act; he is working “on loan” from Nebraska, but will continue his research program at Nebraska through NSF’s Independent Research/Development Program. (5/29/20)

Top Awards from Public Sponsors, April 2020

University of Nebraska LogoThese are awards from public entities, including all arts and humanities grants of $10,000 or more and all other grants of $200,000 or more between March 16 and April 15, 2020, as reported through NUgrant. NCMN recipients:

  • Peter and Eli Sutter; ECE/MME; $496,037, Department of Defense-Office of Naval Research; Riemann Surfaces in Layered Van der Waals Nanowires: Precision Twist Moires, Nanoscale Solenoids and Screw Dislocation Spin-Orbit Coupling
  • Ruiguo Yang (and colleague J. Park); MME; $387,356; NSF; Nonlinear Electrokinetics at Polarizable Soft Interfaces: Implications for Cell Membrane Characterization and Nanopore Transport

Dzenis team makes breakthroughs studying high-performance fibers

Yuris DzenisYuris Dzenis and colleagues have made some new discoveries while studying the failure of high-performance fibers found in body armor and aerospace engineering. The team devised a way to analyze the failures of the polymer fibers that avoided the perturbations that invalidated measurements captured by other techniques. The study was recently featured on the cover of ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. (5/20/20)

NCMN faculty receive promotions, tenure

University of Nebraska logoFour NCMN faculty members received promotions/tenure this year. Bai Cui (MME) and Prahalada Rao (MME) were both promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. Yusong Li (CEE) and Alexander Sinitskii (CHEM) were both promoted to full professor. Congratulations! (5/15/20)

Hage, Hu receive College Distinguished Teaching Award

University of Nebraska logoDavid Hage and Jiong Hu have been chosen to receive the College Distinguished Teaching Award, a $1,000 stipend in recognition of excellent teaching. Each year, 15 faculty across campus are chosen, based on recommendations from their college. (5/4/20)

NCMN faculty in national news, April 2020

University of Nebraska logoTwo of our faculty members made national news in April. Yiqi Yang was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article discussing the efficacy of DIY face masks. The research of Xia Hong and colleagues was featured in and The researchers recently discovered unusual light-filtering effects in a nanoscopic structure that could spur the development of smaller, smarter optical filters. (5/4/20)

‘Strange effect’ raises possibility of smaller, smarter optical filters

Xia HongXia Hong and colleagues have discovered a ‘strange trick’ while studying how the optical behavior of single-layer molybdenum disulfide responded when it was placed atop a ferroelectric material called lead zirconate titanate, or PZT. Instead of observing second-harmonic generation uniformly across the surface, the team noticed that certain segments were boosting the phenomenon even as others dampened it. This discovery could spur the development of smaller, more versatile optical filters that are especially adept at playing with a trick of the light. Among the co-authors were two other NCMN faculty: Yongfeng Lu and Evgeny Tsymbal. (4/29/20)

Nejati team experimenting with organic LEGOs

Siamak NejatiA team led by Siamak Nejati, including researchers from the Colorado School of Mines, Harbin Institute of Technology, and the University of Pennsylvania, have discovered a way to synthesize a special type of organic solids, known as porphyrin-based covalent organic frameworks (POR-COFs). COFs are porous, lightweight and durable; the researchers compare them to LEGO bricks for their ability to be assembled in defined ways and relatively quickly to form a variety of larger structures. (4/14/20)

Alexandrov receives CAREER Award

Vitaly AlexandrovVitaly Alexandrov has received a $520,244 CAREER Award to advance basic understanding of how nanocrystals dissolve in aqueous environments. (3/2/20)

Yang on team developing smart bandages

Ruiguo YangRuiguo Yang has been working with Ali Tamayol (former Husker, now at University of Connecticut) to develop smart bandages, which feature an array of tiny needles that can help heal chronic wounds by delivering therapeutic drugs directly to damaged tissue. “By plunging past the dead surface-level tissue that can persist for months in people with Type 2 diabetes, those needles could administer drugs to help close wounds, reduce infection, stimulate cell growth and potentially restore blood flow. Limiting the duration of such wounds, the researchers said, could also help dethrone them as the leading non-traumatic cause of amputations.” (2/27/20)

“Droplet like it’s watt”

Xiao Cheng ZengXiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues at the City University of Hong Kong have developed a prototype that can yield a record amount of electricity from falling raindrops. (2/10/20)

Lai receives ORCA Award

Rebecca LaiRebecca Lai was recently honored by the College of Arts and Sciences with it’s College Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) award. This award recognizes significant research and creative accomplishments of university faculty in the last five years. (2/4/20)

Lai gives SciPop Talk

Rebecca LaiOn February 19, Rebecca Lai gave a SciPop talk on “Elements in the Harry Potter World.” The presentation discussed elements in our world that are also featured in the Harry Potter world, like gold, silver, and mercury. (1/30/20)

Binek gives CAS Inquire Lecture

Christian BinekChristian Binek presented his CAS Inquire lecture The Rise of Nanotechnology: Small Machines with Big Impact, on January 28. A video of the lecture can be viewed here. (1/29/20)

The Sutters team adds twist to van der Waals heterostructures

Peter & Eli SutterPeter and Eli Sutter, along with colleagues from Aalto University and the University of Wyoming, have discovered that by adding sulfur they could directly synthesize twisted stacks of van der Waals heterostructures. (1/15/20)

Binek to give CAS Inquire Lecture

Christian BinekOn January 28, Christian Binek will be delivering the first CAS Inquire lecture of the new year. Binek’s topic is “The Rise of Nanotechnology: Small Machines with Big Impact.”

The CAS Inquire program builds around a college-wide series of public lectures centering on a new theme each year. The lecture series serves as a touchstone for the college—giving students, staff, and faculty a focal point and shared topic for conversations and further inquiry. All lectures will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. (1/15/20)

Watching Nebraska Ice Grow

Xiao Cheng ZengXiao Cheng Zeng's team continues to learn more about the 2D form of ice dubbed ‘Nebraska Ice.’ The team has been able to document the shifting configuration of the ice as it grows, by freezing the ice itself. (1/2/20)

Negahban team working to redirect sound waves

Merhdad Negahban Mehrdad Negahban, working with colleagues from Peking University, has developed a wave-altering prototype that can dynamically redirect the sound waves passing through its surface. The prototype could lead to applications ranging from magnifying signals to disorienting adversaries. (11/13/19)

NCMN Faculty in national news, October 2019

UNL LogoSeveral of our faculty members made national news last month. Herman Batelaan was quoted in a Popular Mechanics article. Yongfeng Lu’s project, supported by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research, was highlighted in a Tech Xplore article. Rebecca Lai was featured in Chemical and Engineering News piece for combining chemistry with Harry Potter for classes and outreach. Michael Sealy’s work with 3D printing processes was the topic of a Modern Machine Shop article. Finally, Alexander Sinitskii made local and national news when he was awarded a $4.5M grant from the DoD Office of Naval Research for a multi-institutional project he’s leading to explore the use of DNA nanotechnology to build graphene circuits (1, 2). (11/5/19)

Pannier selected for Big Ten leadership programs

Angela Pannier Angela Pannier was selected by the Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office as one of 11 faculty and executive-level staff to attend two Big Ten Academic Alliance leadership programs this year. (10/30/19)

Binek named Interim Director

Christian Binek Christian Binek has been named interim director of the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience and director of the Nebraska Nanoscale Facility, succeeding David Sellmyer, George Holmes University Distinguished Professor of physics.

“As a veteran leader of interdisciplinary research within NCMN, as well as in the university’s NSF-funded MRSEC, Christian is ideally positioned to advance the center’s mission,” said Bob Wilhelm, vice chancellor for research and economic development. “This leadership experience, combined with Christian’s nationally regarded research expertise in magnetoelectric materials and spintronics, will help him elevate the center as Nebraska’s premier site for materials research.”

Binek’s appointment became effective October 4. (10/11/19)

Centurion earns $2M grant

Yongfeng Lu Martin Centurion has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Department of Energy for a project that aims to capture moving images of single molecules in chemical transformations triggered by light. Centurion will work in collaboration with researchers from Kansas State University, Louisiana State University, and Brown University; the researchers will focus on molecules with possibilities for industrial chemistry and for solar energy conversion and storage. (10/21/19)

Lu team develops “shipyard on a ship”

Yongfeng Lu Yongfeng Lu and his team have developed a laser system that prevents and repairs corrosion on aluminum-sided ships. Supported by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the team is now ready to test the laser on a fully operational Navy ship, and will do so this fall. (10/2/19)

NNF Outreach featured in RAIN Newsletter

NNF LogoThe Remotely Accessible Instruments for Nanotechnology (RAIN) quarterly newsletter highlighted the Nebraska Nanoscale Facility’s (NNF) summer outreach partnership with the Extension Office and 4-H. Fourteen schools and programs in the Omaha area participated in the Engineering with Nano Power experience. During these programs, participants were able to examine a variety of materials using the remote capabilities of NNF’s XRF. (10/2/29)

Kidambi named Faculty Fellow for Student Success

Sri Kidambi Srivatsan Kidambi, Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, is one of seven UNL faculty members to be named Faculty Fellows for Student Success. The fellows will meet bimonthly with directors of academic support and engagement units, focusing on gaining expertise and leading change at the university. (9/30/19)

Ciftci team develop nanoparticles that could help lower cholesterol

Ozan Ciftci Ozan Ciftci and colleagues have developed phytosterol nanoparticles that are designed to help facilitate bodily absorption of phytosterols, which are plant-derived compounds that are known to lower LDL cholesterol that contributes to plaque buildup in arteries. (8/30/19)

PECASE Award: Pannier Profile

Angela Pannier Angela Pannier discusses the journey that led to her career at UNL, the importance of making mistakes and learning from them, the nuances of training future engineers, and her outlook on the field of gene therapy. (7/26/19)

Bartelt-Hunt named chair of civil engineering

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, an associate dean in the Office of Graduate Studies and professor in the College of Engineering, has been appointed as the new Donald R. Voelte and Nancy A. Keegan Chair in civil engineering. (7/17/19)

NCMN Faculty are Active in Patenting

UNL LogoThe ORED office and NUtech Ventures recently issued a report on US-issued patents granted by the U.S. Patent Office to UNL inventors for the fiscal year 2019. The following NCMN faculty are listed on one or more: Ndao, DiMagno, Woollam, M. Schubert, Kovalev, Belashchenko, Sinitskii, Gruverman, Dowben, Dussault, Redepenning, Huang, Lu, and Alexander. This represents 13 of a total of 34 UNL patents or 38%! Congratulations to our active NCMN faculty! (7/17/19)

Pannier earns Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers

Angela PannierAngela Pannier was one of two UNL faculty members to be awarded the most prestigious governmental award for early career researchers. Pannier was nominated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her work on over ten projects relating to biomaterials and gene delivery systems. Congratulations, Prof. Pannier! (7/5/19)

A look at Yang’s greener dyeing technique

Yiqi YangYiqi Yang and colleagues have been working to find a more environmentally friendly way to dye plant-based fabrics. The team has found that by dissolving dyes in cottonseed oil (instead of water) they can use less dye, reuse more dye, they don’t need to use salts, can get the same colors as with other techniques, and the waste produced contains mostly biodegradable products. (6/20/19)

Sellmyer book among top 25% most downloaded eBooks

Cover of 'Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications'Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications, Springer 2009, edited by J.P. Liu, E. Fullerton, O. Gutfleisch, and D.J. Sellmyer. Since its online publication, there have been a total of 64598 chapter downloads for this eBook on SpringerLink. The book is among the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in 2018. (6/17/19)

Study points to non-Newtonian force affecting particles’ flight

Herman Batelaan Herman Batelaan and colleagues recently decided to explore two theories explaining the nature of the Aharonov-Bohm effect. In their results, the team showed mathematically that the two theories are two special cases of one overarching theorem. (5/30/19)

Pannier featured on Faculty 101 podcast

Angela Pannier In the last Faculty 101 podcast of the season, Chancellor Ronnie Green takes over as host and interviews professor of biological systems engineering, Angela Pannier. (5/6/19)

Researchers pinpoint potential cause of low testosterone

David HageStudies suggest that men taking opioid drugs or those with Type 2 diabetes are likely to see a drop in their testosterone levels. Virginia researchers partnered with David Hage and his team to investigate how testosterone and other drugs bind to serum albumin - a common protein in blood and known transporter of hormones, drugs, etc., through the bloodstream. Hage’s specialty is analyzing how biological components interact with drugs and hormones under physiological conditions - and his team is studying various conditions under which testosterone binds to serum albumin, in the hope of informing the prescription of medications and the development of new ones. (4/29/19)

NCMN Faculty Receive Promotions

UNL LogoCongratulations to the following NCMN members who were awarded promotion and/or tenure in 2019: Promoted to Full Professor - Linxia Gu (Mechanical & Materials Engineering); Promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure - Ozan Ciftci (Food Science & Technology), Alexey Kovalev (Physics & Astronomy), Stephen Morin (Chemistry), and Xiaoshan Xu (Physics & Astronomy). (4/24/19)

Nebraska Engineering team find defect that gives advantages to nanowires

Peter & Eli SutterWhile attempting to grow an optimal nanowire using crystals, Peter Sutter, Eli Sutter, and Shawn Wimer have found that a defect - a screw dislocation - occuring in the growth process causes the layers of crystals to rotate along an axis as they form. This defect creates twists that give these nanowires advantages, particularly in electronics and light emission. (4/22/19)

NCMN/NNF Outreach student presents research to state senators

Juliana RodriguezJuliana Rodriguez, who has worked for NCMN/NNF as a undergraduate student outreach facilitator, had the opportunity to present her research to state senators as a part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2019 Spring Research Fair. (4/17/19)

Tsymbal earns top NU honor

Evgeny TsymbalEvgeny Tsymbal, professor of physics, was awarded one of NU’s most prestigious awards - the Outstanding Research and Creativity Award, which recognizes faculty who have demonstrated meritorious and sustained records of excellence and creativity in teaching. (4/10/19)

Sealy wins $500K NSF Early Career Development Award

Michael SealyThe award will help Michael Sealy continue his research on additive manufacturing techniques. He hopes to create lighter and stronger materials to be used to create dissolvable medical implants - which would speed patient recovery times and prevent the need for surgical removal. (4/9/19)

Zeng named 2019 Materials Research Society Fellow

Xiao Cheng ZengXiao Cheng Zeng was named a 2019 Materials Research Society Fellow, honoring him for his work on low-dimensional ice and clathrate gas hydrates, structures of ligand-covered gold clusters, catalysis with surface-supported gold and metal clusters, and computational design of low-dimensional materials. (4/1/19)

Yang team receives NSF grant to study cell communication

Ruiguo YangRuiguo Yang and Jung Yul Lim’s research team has received a three-year, $439,584 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how linked individual cells communicate with each other and respond to physical changes in their shared environment, which could have implications to everyday medicine and other medical applications. (2/4/19)

Regents' Tour Research Facilities

UNL LogoNU Regents and other university officials toured some of the research facilities in the Voelte-Keegan Nanoscience Research Center on January 24. (1/25/19)

Argyropoulos receives $750,000 early career grant

Christos ArgyropoulosChristos Argyropoulos received the three-year grant from the Office of Naval Research’s Young Investigator Program for his work exploring the use of ultrafast, short-pulse lasers to modify metal surfaces, which has the potential to be used in national defense applications. (1/25/19)

NU Team leads $11M study to develop radiation exposure drugs

David BerkowitzThe DoD has awarded a team of Nebraska researchers a second increment - up to $11M over five years - in an ongoing project to jumpstart the development of drug therapies that can protect and counteract the effects of radiation exposure, specifically for military service members. (1/14/19)

Gay receives Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award

Timothy GayDr. Timothy Gay from the department of Physics and Astronomy won the 2018 Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award during the Postdoctoral & Mentor Awards Luncheon on November 6. Dr. Gay was honored for sustained commitment to and exceptional ability in mentoring postdoctoral scholars' professional and career development. (11/14/18)

Researchers ID promising key to performance of next-gen electronics

Evgeny TsymbalEvgeny Tsymbal and Lingling Tao have identified a material whose crystalline structure might better sustain an electron’s spin: a property that, similar to charge, can represent bits of information in digital devices. This stability could result in cheaper, faster, and more energy-efficient devices. (11/13/18)

John Woollam named Prem S. Paul Innovator of the Year

John WoollamThe Prem S. Paul Innovator of the Year award went to John Woollam, an internationally known expert in ellipsometry and a Nebraska faculty member since 1979. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies innovation and entrepreneurship by advancing novel research into significant commercial use. (11/9/18)

Nebraska-Tuskegee collaboration to expand minority opportunities in materials science

Evgeny TsymbalWith the support of a six-year grant from the National Science Foundation, Nebraska’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center will collaborate with Tuskegee University to offer the latter’s undergraduate and graduate students more opportunities for conducting upper-echelon research. The equipment housed at NCMN will help facilitate this partnership. (11/1/18)

Wang receives DoE Nuclear Energy University Program Grant

Jian WangJian Wang recently received a three-year, $799,270 grant from the Department of Energy to develop testing and modeling procedures that can better predict the ductility of certain alloys that can be used in next-generation nuclear power facilities. (10/24/18)

Sealy 3-D printing dissolvable medical implants

Michael SealyMichael Sealy is using UNL’s new 3-D printers to develop medical implants (e.g., screws, pins, plates) that are dissolvable, which could eliminate the potential long terms effects of these implants on the body or the need for additional surgery for removal. (10/5/18)

Morin team develops new technique for circuitry deposit

Stephen MorinStephen Morin and his team have developed a new technique for depositing circuitry, allowing them to paint circuits onto curved, textured, and stretchable surfaces. The technique is fairly simple, which should make it less expensive than existing methods. (9/24/18)

Wang to receive Rising Star Award

Jian WangJian Wang was selected to receive the Materials Today 2018 Rising Star Award in the Materials Genome division. The awards will be presented September 27 and 28 at Rice University in Houston, TX. (9/10/2018)

Xu wins Early Career award

Xiaoshan XuXiaoshan Xu earned a $750,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program to develop a novel approach that could advance the field of spintronics. He hopes that spin-based devices transform the industry by eventually replacing charge-based electronics. (9/10/18)

Cui and Rao to create ceramic/metal 3-D printer

Bai Cui and Prahalada RaoBai Cui and Prahalada Rao will be working with Tethon 3D to create a 3-D printer designed specifically for ceramic and metal additive manufacturing after receiving a grant from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. (8/24/18)

Alexander team works to mimic natural surfaces on metal

Dennis AlexanderDennis Alexander's research team is using lasers on metal surfaces to mimic evolutionary biological properties (like shark skin, rose petals, beetles, and moth eyes) that can be used for defense and industrial purposes. (7/29/18)

Nebraska researchers working to 3-D print replacement tissues

Prahalada RaoPrahalada Rao is part of a team of researchers that are working from different angles to develop replacement tissues for bodily injuries by 3-D printing them. Rao is working to perfect the 3-D printing process, so that flawless parts can be produced every time, essential when creating a variety of parts - from replacement knees to airplane turbines. (7/25/28)

Formation of smallest ever skyrmions could improve digital memory

David SellmyerResearch led by David Sellmyer and Balamurugan Balasubramanian has resulted in the formation of skyrmions that are seemingly the smallest possible size at only 13 nanometers wide. This new finding could improve digital memory, including better energy efficiency, faster data processing speeds, and longer lifespans for hard drives. (7/12/18)

New benefit of MXenes discovered

Alexander Sinitskii Alexander Sinitskii and colleagues have previously discovered a way to boost the electrical conductivity of MXene material titanium carbide, and now they have shown that it is also the stiffest 2-D nanomaterial produced by solution processing. (7/10/18)

Researchers record “molecular movie” of photochemical reaction

Martin Centurion Martin Centurion and colleagues, including researchers from Stanford University and Europe, have been able to precisely capture how the atomic nuclei and chemical bonds of a five-atom molecule responded when struck by a laser. The study marks the culmination of a years-long effort to advance the quality of “molecular movies” from that of a rudimentary stop-motion animation to a high-definition motion picture. (7/9/18)

Yang earns grant for converting feathers to fiber

Yiqi Yang Yiqi Yang and his team were awarded a $211,885 two-year pilot-scale production grant to continue their work on developing a product made from certain fibers found in feathers and wool. Textiles made with these fibers have increased performance properties, including moisture transmission, thermal insulation, soft hand and luster. (6/25/18)

Xu receives Early Career Award from DoE

Xiaoshan Xu Xiaoshan Xu was awarded a 2018 Early Career Award from the Department of Energy for his work exploring how combinations of thin materials may be used to control electrons’ spins. The award will provide him with $150,000 in annual funding for the next five years. (6/22/18)

Argyropoulos elevated to Senior Member of OSA

Christos Argyropoulos Christos Argyropoulos was recently elevated to the status of Senior Member of the Optical Society of America (OSA). This distinction recognizes individuals for their experience and accomplishments. Argyropoulos has published more than 120 technical papers, including five book chapters. (6/21/18)

Alexandrov & colleagues detail technique that could promote recycling of CO2

Vitaly Alexandrov Vitaly Alexandrov and colleagues have detailed a catalyst-based technique that can double the amount of carbon dioxide that can be converted to ethylene, which is an essential component of the world’s most common plastic, polyethylene. This process could promote the recycling of CO2 as an alternative to fossil fuels when making plastic - helping to offset the CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate change. (6/5/18)

Zeng team develops equation for designing clean-energy catalysts

Xiao Cheng Zeng Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues have identified previously overlooked factors critical to the performance of single-atom catalysts and used them to create a simple equation that should allow researchers to easily predict how the choice of atom and its surrounding material will affect catalytic performance. (5/30/18)

UNL home to new hybrid 3-D printers

3-D printer housed in the NEAT labs UNL’s Scott Engineering Center is now home to three unique hybrid 3-D printers that can add and subtract materials to create complex designs. The Nebraska Engineering Additive Technology (NEAT) Labs will provide researchers and students with endless possibilities for projects affecting a plethora of fields and industries. Click here to learn more about the NEAT Labs and the new instruments. (5/24/18)

Sellmyer Honored at MRS Meeting

David J. Sellmyer The Spring MRS Meeting in Phoenix hosted a five-day Symposium “Nanoscale Magnetic Structures and Materials,” which was organized by friends and colleagues of David Sellmyer to celebrate his many achievements and contributions to the field. Some 30 outstanding invited talks were presented by speakers including Stuart Parkin (Halle), Claudia Felser (Dresden), Ivan Schuller (UCSD), Michael Coey (Dublin), Sara Majetich (CMU), Shouheng Sun (Brown), J.P. Wang (MN), B. Koopmans (Eindhoven), Y. Hou (Beijing), Arun Gupta (Alabama), Axel Hoffmann (ANL), and others. Current and former Nebraska colleagues and speakers included: Ralph Skomski, Jeff Shield, George Hadjipanayis, Toshi Matsui, Damien LeRoy, Yunlong Jin, and co-organizers J. Ping Liu and Hao Zeng. A banquet on April 3 featured excellent food and several roasts with good-natured ridicule. (5/18/18)

Rajurkar awarded 2018 M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal

Dr. K.P. Rajurkar The 2018 M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME/SME is being awarded to K.P. Rajurkar “for pioneering contributions to enhance the productivity of nontraditional machining processes used in automobile, aerospace and medical device manufacturing, including electrical discharge machining and electrochemical machining at macro, micro and nanoscales, through extensive research in process modeling and in sensing and control techniques.” (5/4/18)

Sellmyer book one of most downloaded in 2017

Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications The book “Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications,” co-edited by David Sellmyer, is among the top 25 percent of Springer downloaded books in 2017 with 10,628 chapter downloads last year. There have been a total of 56,676 chapter downloads since the books publication in 2009. (5/1/18)

Four NCMN Faculty granted promotions and/or tenure in 2018

University of Nebraska Logo Congrats to the four NCMN faculty members who were honored on April 24: Jian Wang (Mechanical & Materials Engineering), promoted to full professor and granted tenure; Angela Pannier (Biological Systems Engineering), promoted to full professor; and Sidy Ndao and Sangjin Ryu (both in Mechanical & Materials Engineering), promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. (4/24/18)

Dishari earns CAREER award for work on hydrogen-based fuel cells

Shudipto DishariShudipto Dishari earned a five-year, nearly $600,000 CAREER award from the NSF to continue her work on reducing the cost and improving the energy efficiency of hydrogen-based fuel cells and related energy conversion and storage devices (e.g., lithium batteries, semiconductors, natural biochemical systems). (4/15/18)

Rao earns NSF CAREER award to revolutionize smart additive manufacturing

Prahalada RaoPrahalada Rao was awarded a five-year $500,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to continue his work on improving the process of smart additive manufacturing (commonly referred to as 3-D printing) so that it might consistently produce flawless metal parts, which could make it feasible to mass-produce inexpensive metal parts where safety is paramount. (4/17/18)

Iverson receives Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence

Nicole IversonOn March 2, Nicole Iverson received the Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, as part of the Holling Family Awards for Teaching Excellence that honor outstanding teaching in the Institute of Agriculture and National Resources at UNL. Iverson is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. (3/22/18)

Tsymbal and colleagues observe nano phenomenon after nearly 15-year quest
Evgeny Tsymbal

Two UNL researchers were part of an international team that ended a 15-year quest to observe a phenomenon that could help power a future generation of (smaller) electronics. In 2004, researchers observed a gas of electrons coursing two-dimensionally through a nano-sandwich made from oxides. This suggested that electric currents could be confined to smaller spaces, allowing electronic components to shrink in size. However the negatively charged electron also leaves behind a positively charged “hole” when ejecting from its orbit around an atom. The goal of researchers was to create and observe a 2-D hole gas that likewise acts as a source of electric current. (3/7/18)

7 NCMN Faculty Receive Parents’ Recognition Awards
Nebraska Logo

Parents’ Recognition Awards are earned via nomination of faculty from the parents of their students. They provide positive feedback to faculty, encourage good student/faculty relationships, and provide recognition to outstanding educators. This years NCMN recipients are: Barry Cheung, Jian Zhang, Shireen Adenwalla, Eveline Baesu, Michael Sealy, Joseph Turner, and Angela Pannier. (2/8/18)

Researchers develop material gradient models that could strengthen polymer-based components
Mehrdad Negahban

Mehrdad Negahban, Li Tan, and Wenlong Li - along with researchers from France and China - have developed a model that can map an optimal gradient onto a structure and calculate the resulting performance improvement. (2/6/18)

Zeng's research makes local news
Xiao Cheng Zeng

Xiao Cheng Zeng's research on ice formation on certain surfaces was featured in the Lincoln Journal Star this week. (1/26/18)

Researchers make advancements in the field of soft robotics
Stephen Morin

Stephen Morin and his colleagues have developed a technique that helps rubber and plastic stick together, simplifying the processes that drive movement in soft robotics and enable chemical analyses on microscopic scales. (1/9/18)

Gu and colleagues seek to improve energy absorbing tubing to boost vehicle safety
Linxia Gu

Linxia Gu and colleagues are working to combine the best qualities of different designs of energy absorbing tubing that could improve the design of certain automobile components, helping to reduce injury risk in the event of a crash. (12/6/17)

NCMN High School Research Intern has work published
Cole Shank

Cole Shank, a senior from Lincoln High who worked with a small team of researchers last summer during his internship with NCMN, had an article abstract of his results published as part of the 62nd Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, recently held in Pittsburg. Shank said his work involved “making magnetic materials that are suitable for spintronics applications, which is possibly the next frontier of electronics.” Read the full story on Lincoln Public School's website. (12/4/17)

Berkowitz & Inter-University team receive DoD contract to research radiation exposure drug
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz is part of an inter-university team, partnering with major pharmaceutical companies across the country, that has received a contract from the Department of Defense to help with finding drug solutions to treat the effects of radiation exposure. The group will receive $812K in the first year of funding and, depending on the initial results (which could open up new areas for research), could potentially expand into additional levels of funding, up to $8M. (11/30/17)

Yunlong Jin wins Best Poster Award at International Conference
Yunlong Jin

Yunlong Jin, a Ph.D. student from Prof. David J. Sellmyer’s research group, won the Best Poster Award in 62nd International Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials in Pittsburgh Nov. 6-10, 2017. Yunlong presented an unexpected large perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in the epitaxial thin films of half-metallic full-Heusler Co2TiSi films. The experimental results show the potential of this material for spin valves or magnetic tunnel junctions as high-performance magnetic memory elements such as spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive RAM (ST-MRAM or STT-MRAM) as an alternative or a replacement to NOR flash. STT-MRAM uses the magnetism of electron spin to provide non-volatile properties in chips. Besides, it combines the speed of SRAM, the non-volatility of flash and virtually unlimited endurance. The half-metallic Co2TiSi with theoretical 100% spin polarization is ideal to generate the spin-polarized current to force a change of magnetization. PMA will increase the areal density of chips compared to in-plane magnetic anisotropy. This research is supported by NSF-DMREF: SusChEM (1436385), NSF-NNCI (1542182), and NCMN. Information can be found also in the MMM conference website. (11/17/17)

Berkowitz team develops new amino acid that can inactivate certain enzymes
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz and colleagues have synthesized a new class of amino acid that can inactivate vitamin B6-fueled enzymes, or PLP enzymes, which are associated with a range of health issues, including Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. (11/7/17)

New nano-ribbons made of graphene give gas sensors unprecedented sensitivity
Alexander Sinitskii

Alexander Sinitskii and colleagues have developed a new form of nano-ribbon made from graphene that, when integrated into the circuitry of a gas sensor, responded about 100 times more sensitively to molecules than sensors with even the best-performing carbon-based materials. (10/20/17)

Zeng study suggests water-repellant coating/surfaces make ice removal easy
Xiao Cheng Zeng

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues have found that ice forms differently on absorbent vs. water-repellent surfaces. Ice that forms on the latter will freeze upward, with only a small portion of the base sticking to the surface, making it easier to remove. (10/18/17)

Sangjin Ryu to give SciPop talk on Miyazaki’s flying machines
Sangjin Ryu

Sangjin Ryu will discuss the aerodynamics of the many flying machines featured in Hayao Miyazaki’s popular anime movies. The talk will take place on October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Adele Hall Learning Commons. (10/10/17)

Pannier earns NIH award to enhance gene therapy
Angela Pannier

Angela Pannier has received an NIH New Innovator Award to develop novel methods that improve the use of adult stem cells in gene therapy. Pannier is investigating nonviral delivery methods to introduce therapeutic genes into stem cells and how to improve the gene uptake of these methods. (10/5/17)

Nebraska-led website offers brief highlights of condensed-matter physics
Funsize Physics logo

Shireen Adenwalla and Jocelyn Bosley recently received another round of funding from the National Science Foundation for their website Funsize Physics, which offers brief, easy-to-understand highlights of condensed-matter physics research from NSF-funded scientists from across the country. (9/7/17)

Yang & colleagues find way to improve bio-plastic properties
Yiqi Yang

Yiqi Yang and colleagues have found that increasing the temperature of bio-plastic fibers to several hundred degrees Fahrenheit, then allowing them to slowly cool, greatly improved bio-plastic’s resistance to heat and moisture. This method can also make commercial manufacturing of bio-plastic’s possible. (8/31/17)

NanoArt on display in Nebraska East Union
nano art

For the month of August, NanoArt created by UNL STEM students will be on display on the third floor of the Nebraska East Union. Read more at the Daily Nebraskan. (8/21/17)

Yiqi Yang co-edits book

Yiqi Yang and colleague Helan Xu served as co-editors for the book Porous Lightweight Composites Reinforced with Fibrous Structures. The publication offers a comprehensive overview of the raw materials, processing technologies, performance properties and applications of lightweight composites. (8/11/17)

Sorghum husks potential use as wool dye

A study by Yiqi Yang and Chinese colleagues recently found that the husks of sorghum plants could potentially be used as a fade-resistant, UV-shielding dye for wool fabrics. (8/7/17)

Metal-free nanoparticle could expand MRI use, tumor detection

A new metal-free nanoparticle developed by Andrzej Rajca and colleagues at MIT could help circumvent health- and age- related barriers to the metal-containing agents sometimes used to improve the color contrast and diagnostic value of MRIs. (8/3/17)

Dr. Sellmyer co-edits book

Dr. David Sellmyer acted as a co-editor for a recently published book titled, “Magnetic Nanomaterials: Fundamentals, Synthesis and Applications.” The book outlines how the latest developments in magnetic nanoparticles and nanomaterials are advancing the fields of biomedicine, energy storage, water treatment, and more. Learn more about the book here (7/28/17)

Controlling elasticity with magnetism

Christian Binek has found that, under certain conditions, the magnetic properties of a material can predict the relationship between its elasticity and temperature. You can read more about his findings here (7/19/17)

Milestone in effort to treat bone disorders

A recent study by Pannier and colleagues from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska Medical Center has reported progress toward the bioengineering of cartilage that could help treat disorders known to disrupt the normal development of bones. (7/19/17)

Discovery Could Increase Functionality of Electronics
polymer device

Xia Hong, Stephen Ducharme, and colleagues have demonstrated a method for altering the properties of a nanoscopic material, pointing the way toward merging several functions of modern electronics into a single component. (6/7/17)

Zeng Receives Royal Society of Chemistry Award
Xiao Cheng Zeng

The Royal Society of Chemistry has awarded Xiao Cheng Zeng its Surfaces and Interfaces Award for 2017. The annual award honors outstanding and innovative research on the behavior of chemical systems at surfaces or interfaces. (5/9/17)

Zeng & Team Publish on Porous Materials
Xiao Cheng Zeng research image

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues published an article May 2 in Nature Communications. They learned that ions can be used to fabricate new two- and three-dimensional structures on a wide range of other host materials, which are suitable for organic electronics, catalysis and bioengineering. (5/2/17)

Argyropoulos Receives Fellowship and Award
Christos Argyropoulos

Christos Argyropoulos has been chosen an Office of Naval Research Fellow and will spend 10 weeks this summer at the NRL in Washington, D.C. He has also recently received the Young Scientist Award from the International Union of Radio Science to attend their General Assembly in Montreal, Canada from August 19-26. (4/27/17)

NCMN Members Earn Promotion, Tenure
Voelte-Keegan building

Three NCMN faculty members are earning promotions. Promoted to full professor: Shannon Bartelt-Hunt and Kirill Belashchenko. Promoted to associate professor and granted tenure: Jian Zhang. Congratulations! (4/24/17)

Huang & Team Publish Perovskite Research
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang and team authored a study in Nature Photonics April 17. The study demonstrates a technique for bonding single crystals of perovskite onto a range of foundational materials that include silicon. (4/21/17)

Thermal Diode Allows Heat as Energy Source
Ndao thermal diode

Sidy Ndao and grad student Mahmoud Elzouka have created a thermal diode that will allow computers to use heat as an energy source to allow their operation in ultra-high temperatures. Their findings were published in Scientific Reports. (4/17/17)

Perovskite Holds Potential for Solar Energy
Zeng perovskite cover image

Xiao Cheng Zeng and team published the cover article of the April 5 issue of Advanced Energy Materials. The illustration shows the molecular structure of an organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite material that holds potential for the generation of solar energy. The work grew out of collaboration with Jinsong Huang. (4/14/17)

Three NCMN Faculty Earn Teaching Awards
Voelte-Keegan building

Three NCMN faculty have earned College Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize consistent excellence in teaching. Recipients are Yusong Li, Alexander Sinitskii, and Joseph Turner. (4/11/17)

Particle Offers Promise for Vaccine Pill
Pannier research image

Angela Pannier and colleagues have demonstrated that nesting a specialized nanoparticle inside a microparticle could protect engineered genes or virus-derived DNA against the rigors of the stomach and ensure safe passage to the intestine. (4/11/17)

Lu Earns ORCA Award
Yongfeng Lu

Yongfeng Lu received the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity award for his research in laser-based material processing, characterization and imaging. The ORCA recognizes faculty for outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance. (4/5/17)

Pannier Earns Mentor Award
Angela Pannier

Angela Pannier was awarded UNL's Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring and supporting undergraduate researchers. (4/5/17)

Sabirianov, Zeng Publish in Nature
Renat Sabirianov

Renat Sabirianov, Hao Zeng, and colleagues have published an article in Nature entitled, "Deciphering chemical order/disorder and material properties at the single-atom level." Sabirianov is an NCMN member at UNO and Zeng obtained his Ph.D. under David Sellmyer. (4/4/17)

Zeng Study Supports New Forms of Water
Zeng research

As reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues have proposed that both low- and high-density forms of liquid water could emerge from housing it in a carbon nanotube. (4/3/17)

Gay Earns Named Professorship
Timothy Gay

Timothy Gay has been named a Willa Cather Professor. The professorships were established in 2001 to recognize faculty members with the rank of full professor who have established exceptional records of distinguished scholarship or creative activity. (3/30/17)

Lai Receives ACS Volunteer Award
Rebecca Lai

Rebecca Lai received the Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award from the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Community Activities. The committee noted her "innovative outreach [which] allows students hands-on activities." (3/17/17)

2016 Outreach Newsletter Published
Outreach Newsletter 2016

The 2016 issue of the nano outreach newsletter is now available online. The newsletter covers UNL nano outreach activities over the past year. (3/2/17)

Enders, Dowben Team Creates 2D Material
2D Material

Axel Enders, Peter Dowben, and team have developed a new 2D material, Monolayer Hexagonal Boron-Carbon-Nitrogen (h-BCN), with potential for developments in ultrathin technologies. The results were published in ACS Nano and covered by (2/16/17)

NCMN Members Receive UNL Parents Award
Voelte-Keegan building

Srivatsan Kidambi, Mehrdad Negahban, and Michael Sealy received the UNL Parents Recognition Award. The annual award is earned through nominations made from parents of UNL students. (2/10/17)

Sinitskii & Team Boost Performance of Nanomaterial
Sinitskii nanomaterial

Alexander Sinitskii, 2015 NCMN graduate fellow Alexey Lipatov, and team have published their findings on MXenes in Advanced Energy Materials. MXenes are a family of nanomaterials which have shown promise for storing energy, purifying water and protecting against electromagnetic interference. (2/6/17)

Sinitskii Fabricates Nanoribbon Computer Chips
Alexander Sinitskii

The January issue of Solid State Technology: Insights for Electronics Manufacturing covered recent advances in fabricating graphene nanoribbons for use as computer chips. Alexander Sinitskii is a leader in the research effort. (2/3/17)

Sellmyer Guest Curator at Sheldon
David Sellmyer

David Sellmyer was an invited guest curator for Sheldon's exhibit "15 Photographs, 15 Curators." The guest curators picked a single image that generated a personal response out of nearly 3,000 photographs. Sellmyer chose a photo by Robert Morris Cohen because of its similarity to nanostructured materials. (2/1/17)

Zeng Cover Article Trio
Nanoscale Horizons

Research by Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues was featured as the cover article of Nanoscale Horizons, the cover article on Advanced Energy Materials, and the cover article on Journal of the American Chemical Society. (1/20/17)

Woollam Receives Bunshah Award
John Woollam

John Woollam has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 R.F. Bunshah Award. He will present the Honorary Lecture at the 2017 International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF). (1/20/17)

Cui & Wang Improve Metal Durability
Cui and Wang

Bai Cui and Jian Wang are developing a variety of “radiation-tolerant” materials that are self-healing, and that could improve metal durability. (1/19/17)

Morin Studies Stretchable Surfaces
Stephen Morin

Stephen Morin and colleagues have demonstrated how the chemistry of stretchable surfaces can affect their interactions with microscopic particles – and enhance or streamline processes usually conducted on rigid foundations. Findings were published in Small and Chemistry of Materials. (1/3/17)

Gu Earns ASME Fellowship
Linxia Gu

Linxia Gu has earned a fellowship of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. A fellow has attained a membership grade of distinction, is a corporate member, is responsible for significant engineering achievements and has at least 10 years of active practice and corporate membership in ASME. (12/2/16)

Zeng Explores Hydrophobicity of Proteins
Zeng nanodroplet

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues recently published on the molecular hydrophobicity of amino acid chains in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This could help engineers measure surface contact angles. Zeng also recently published an article in Nature Communications on gold clusters. (12/13/16)

Gay Elected APS Speaker of the Council
Timothy Gay

Timothy Gay has been elected Speaker of the Council for the American Physical Society. Gay will serve as Speaker-Elect in 2017 and as Speaker in 2018. The APS Speaker of the Council presides over the Council of Representatives and serves on the Board of Directors and Board Executive Committee. (11/28/16)

Huang Among Most Cited Researchers
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang was included in the "Highly Cited Researchers 2016" list, which recognizes researchers whose peer-reviewed papers have been cited frequently in academic literature. The list was compiled by Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property and Science division of Thomas Reuters. (11/28/16)

Dussault Named AAAS Fellow
Patrick Dussault

Patrick Dussault has been named an AAAS fellow for distinguished contributions to the chemistry of organic peroxides, including peroxide natural product synthesis, mechanistic studies and innovative peroxide-mediated oxidation transformations. (11/23/16)

New NCMN Member
Nicole Iverson

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Nicole Iverson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. (11/22/16)

New NCMN Member
Shannon Bartelt

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, associate professor and Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering. (11/21/16)

NanoArt at Nebraska Innovation Campus
NanoArt Bee Family

NanoArt is on display at Nebraska Innovation Campus through November 30, and is open to the public 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The image at left, "Bee Family," is by H. F. Haghshenas & M. Khedmati and is the winner of NCMN's 2016 NanoArt competition. (11/7/16)

Powerful Underwater Microphone Uses Silver Nanoparticles
Underwater photo

Li Tan, Qin Zhou, Steve Ducharme, and colleages have developed an underwater microphone with 6,000 times greater sensitivity to low-frequency sound waves by embedding a network of silver nanoparticles in hydrogel and placing that gel between two electrodes, as reported in Nature Communications. (11/7/16)

Huang Receives Breakthrough of the Year Award
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang and postdocs Haotong Wei and Wei Wei were awarded the NUtech Ventures Breakthrough of the Year Award for developing improved X-ray detectors based on a perovskite material that are expected to reduce the X-ray dose required for medical imaging, security, and quality control. (11/2/16)

Experiment Sent to ISS
Peter Dowben

An experiment led by Peter Dowben was carried to the International Space Station on October 17. Nebraska's contribution to the ISS cargo resupply mission a multi-element neutron detector system that can track solar neutron production in a specific range of energies. (10/28/16)

Monolith Materials to use NCMN Facilities
Monolith groundbreaking

Monolith Materials will be using NCMN's facilities for their industrial efforts. NCMN director David Sellmyer attended the October 20 groundbreaking for their new plant, which was covered by the Lincoln Journal Star. (10/24/16)

Huang Protects Solar Cells from Moisture
Jinsong Huang

A team led by Jinsong Huang has detailed an approach that can buffer perovskite against moisture without sapping its ability to convert sunlight into electricity, as reported in Nature Communications. (10/20/16)

2016 Newsletter Published
Interfaces 2016

The fall 2016 issue of Interfaces, the newsletter of NCMN, is available online. Articles cover the NNI Strategic Plan, NCMN facilities, new faculty members, student degrees, outreach programs, and more. (10/14/16)

New NCMN Member
Ashraf Hassan

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Ashraf Hassan, research assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. (10/13/16)

Kim and Turner Explore Alternative Concrete Materials

Yong-Rak Kim, Joseph Turner, and colleagues recently earned a two-year NSF grant that will enable them to explore the performance and durability of concrete made of alternative binding and recycled materials, with the aim of developing better versions. (10/3/16)

UNL Alum Awarded MacArthur "Genius" Award
Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Rebecca Richards-Kortum (BS Physics UNL, PhD Physics MIT), who started as an undergrad in David Sellmyer's lab, was announced a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Noted was her commitment to "improving access to quality health care for all the world's people" and "training and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists" to address global challenges. (9/23/16)

Berkowitz Named to Organic Reactions Board of Editors
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz has been named to the Board of Editors for Organic Reactions. The series, which started in 1942, serves as a key reference for organic chemistry literature. (9/23/16)

Layered Nanosphere Shows Biomedical Promise
Layered nanosphere

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues have illustrated that a concentration of short molecular chains will assemble into a layered sphere known as a liposome, which could more precisely release therapeutic drugs or genes as the body peels it away. (9/20/16)

UNL National Ads Feature Huang Solar Research
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang's solar cell research is one of the highlighted stories in new UNL national television commercials, which are aimed at promoting recruitment and reputation. (9/9/16)

New NCMN Member
Shudipto Dishari

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Shudipto Dishari, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. (9/7/16)

New NCMN Member
Siamak Nejati

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Siamak Nejati, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. (9/7/16)

Takacs Directs New UNL Biomolecular Center
James Takacs

James Takacs is director of UNL's new Center for Integrated Biomolecular Communication, established by an $11.3-million grant from the National Institutes of Health for the purpose of investigating cellular-level miscommunications that contribute to complex diseases such as cancer, diabetes and chronic liver disease. (8/30/16)

Symposium Features NCMN Student Research

The Nebraska Summer Research Symposium will take place in the Nebraska Union on August 10. NCMN summer student researchers will join others in presenting their research in a poster session from 1-3 pm. (8/9/16)

New Materials Show Promise for Clean Energy
Jian Zhang research

Jian Zhang and colleagues have synthesized new materials that show promise for energy applications aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The materials belong to an emerging family of materials called metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, which feature metallic atom-containing clusters that are linked by carbon atoms. (7/14/16)

Lu Selected for Schawlow Award
Yongfeng Lu

Yongfeng Lu has been selected as the 2016 Arthur L. Schawlow Award recipient. The award will recognize Lu’s record of laser industry innovation and his significant contributions to basic and applied research in the fields of laser science and electrical engineering. (7/1/16)

Song Research on Back Cover
Voelte-Keegan building

Jingfeng Song's latest paper will be featured on the back cover an upcoming issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. It is entitled, "Ferroelectric polymer nanopillars on flexible substrates by reverse nanoimprint lithography." This work is the capstone of his Ph.D. dissertation work, completed in May under his advisor Stephen Ducharme. (6/24/16)

UNL Team Bolsters Digital Memory
Xia Hong

Research by Xia Hong, Jeffrey Shield, Evgeny Y. Tsymbal, and colleagues, has bolstered an emerging form of digital memory, as published in Physical Review Letters. The material, lanthanum strontium manganite, features multiple properties that make it an appealing candidate for digital technologies. (6/24/16)

Sellmyer Book One of Top Springer eBooks
Sellmyer book

Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications, co-edited by David Sellmyer, has had a total of 36,630 chapter downloads since 2009. This makes it one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook collection in 2015. (6/22/16)

Ndao STEM Camp Media Coverage
Sidy Ndao

Sidy Ndao's STEM camp that he conducts in his native Senegal has received national attention. It was covered in an article in the May 30 print edition of The New York Times, and is published on their website. (6/3/15)

Hong Earns Early Career Award
Xia Hong

Xia Hong is one of the US DOE's 49 recipients of the Early Career Award, totaling $750,262 over the next five years. This will allow her to upgrade scanning probe microscopy equipment and add junior researchers to her lab. Those investments will help Hong pursue nanoscale control of extremely thin films that feature ferroelectricity. (5/27/16)

Gruverman Elected JSAP Fellow
Alexei Gruverman

Alexei Gruverman has been elected an international fellow of the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP). He will give a talk during the awards ceremony at the 2016 JSAP Autumn Meeting in Japan. Gruverman has been involved in nanoscience research in Japan since the early 1990s. (5/25/16)

Tsymbal Research on PRL Cover
Evgeny Tsymbal

The paper “Enhanced Tunneling Electroresistance in Ferroelectric Tunnel Junctions due to the Reversible Metallization of the Barrier,” by Xiaohui Liu, J. D. Burton, and Evgeny Y. Tsymbal, was published in Physical Review Letters and featured on its cover page. (5/13/16)

Discovery Enhances Polymer Materials
Lu and Zhou polymer image

Yongfeng Lu, Yunshen Zhou, and colleagues have used thiol compounds to create a stronger polymer composite. The improvements translated to better electrical performance. (5/3/16)

NCMN Members Earn Promotion, Tenure
Voelte-Keegan building

Six NCMN faculty members are earning promotions. Promoted to full professor: Shireen Adenwalla, Jinsong Huang, and Young-Rak Kim. Promoted to associate professor and granted tenure: Xia Hong, Srivatsan Kidambi, and Alexander Sinitskii. Congratulations! (4/25/16)

Negahban Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Mehrdad Negahban

Mehrdad Negahban was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Rouen, with which he and the College of Engineering have had a long partnership. Several other NCMN faculty have taught at Rouen, including Joe Turner, Li Tan, Lucia Fernandez-Ballester and Jeff Shield. (4/22/16)

Zeng Study Details Acid Formation
Xiao Cheng Zeng

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues have detailed the formation of nitrous acid in the atmosphere. The study was published in April 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (4/12/16)

Self-Assembly of Nanocrystals Captured
Peter and Eli Sutter

A research team led by Peter and Eli Sutter has become the first to directly image the self-assembly of nanocrystals in the liquid environments that foster it. The research was published in an April 4 article in Nature Communications. (4/4/16)

Huang Improves X-Ray Detection
Huang crystal research

In a March 21 study published in Nature Photonics, Jinsong Huang and colleagues reveal a crystalline material that is four times more sensitive to X-rays than leading commercial detectors. The material, methylammonium lead tribromide, can detect an X-ray dose about 11 times lower than that required for many medical applications. (3/21/16)

Bobaru Publishes Invited Study on Fracturing
Florin Bobaru

Florin Bobaru and grad student Guanfeng Zhang were invited to publish a study in the 50th-anniversary issue of the International Journal of Fracture. The study helps resolve the long-standing question of how cracks branch and propagate through brittle materials such as glass. (3/18/16)

New NCMN Member
Jiong Hu

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Jiong Hu, assistant professor in the Geotechnical and Materials Engineering division of the Department of Civil Engineering. (3/16/16)

Sellmyer Team Finds Magnetism in Nanoscale Compound
Sellmyer and Das

A team led by David Sellmyer and Bhaskar Das has discovered that a compound called manganese silicide takes on unexpected properties when reduced down to the nanoscale. (3/15/16)

Zhang Career Award Develops Cleaner Fuels
Jian Zhang

Jian Zhang is working to develop an organic-based catalyst that uses the sun’s energy to facilitate chemical reactions with the help of a five-year, $527,154 Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation. (3/14/16)

Berkowitz Advances Stroke Treatment
Berkowitz enzyme

David Berkowitz and colleagues have developed a molecule that can inhibit an enzyme linked with the onset of stroke. They modeled their inhibitor on a naturally occurring molecule produced by the CBS enzyme, tailoring the molecule’s structure to improve its performance. (3/9/16)

Morin CAREER Award Expands Hybrid Materials Research
Stephen Morin

Stephen Morin will expand his efforts to seamlessly combine hard and soft materials with the help of a five-year, $649,474 Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation. (3/7/16)

Two NCMN Members Receive CAREER Awards
Voelte-Keegan building

Stephen Morin earned $649,474 for Morphological Control of Crystalline Materials Using Deformations of Elastomeric Substrates and Fluid Flow for the Bottom-up Fabrication of Hybrid Materials. Jian Zhang earned $527,154 for Tuning Photoredox Properties of Carbazolic Porous Organic Frameworks for Visible-Light-Mediated Catalysis. (2/23/16)

Binek Elected APS GMAG Officer
Christian Binek

Christian Binek has been elected as an executive committee member-at-large of the American Physics Society's Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications (GMAG). (2/19/16)

Metal-Detecting Biosensors under Development
DNA probe immobilized on gold electrode contained within circle

A gold sensor is the latest in a series of metal-detecting biosensors under development by Rebecca Lai. Fabricated on paper strips about the size of a litmus strip, Lai’s sensors are designed to be inexpensive, portable, and reusable. (2/17/16)

New Form of Ice Predicted
Zeng ice image

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues have predicted a new molecular form of ice about 25 percent less dense than the current record-low form. It would be the 18th known crystalline form of water. The research article appeared in Science Advances, with coverage in several news outlets, including the Daily Mail, Science Daily, and Science Alert. (2/12/16)

Zeng Study of Ammonium Bisulfate Highlighted
Xiao Cheng Zeng

A new study by Xiao Cheng Zeng and Joseph Francisco, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was highlighted in the “Concentrates” section of Chemical & Engineering News. The study reveals a reaction among water, ammonia and sulfur trioxide that may lead to the formation of ammonium bisulfate, which contributes to the formation of aerosols. (2/12/16)

NCMN Members Receive UNL Parents Award
Voelte-Keegan building

David Berkowitz and Eveline Baesu received the UNL Parents Recognition Award. The annual award is earned through nominations made from parents of UNL students. (2/11/16)

New NCMN Member
Sangjin Ryu

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Sangjin Ryu, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (2/9/16)

New Materials Become Reflective When Stretched
Argyropoulos & Morin

Christos Argyropoulos and Stephen Morin, with graduate student Jay Taylor, have developed a method for crafting elastic materials that feature a matte appearance when relaxed but become highly reflective when stretched. (2/2/16)

Sutter Named an MRS Meeting Chair
Eli Sutter

Eli Sutter has been selected as one of the chairs of the 2017 MRS spring meeting, as reported in the January 2016 issue of the MRS Bulletin and on UNL Today. (1/21/16)

Huang on Perovskite-based Solar Cells
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang published an article in the inaugural issue of Nature Energy about an innovation that could help make perovskite-based solar cells more competitive with those made from silicon. (1/13/16)

Li & Zeng Inaugural Members of Chemistry Cluster
Hui Li and Xiao Cheng Zeng

Hui Li and Xiao Cheng Zeng are inaugural members of the Nebraska Cluster for Computation Chemistry, which will in part continue research on nanomaterials with properties critical to the development of technology. David Berkowitz is involved as Chemistry Department Chair. (12/17/15)

Kidambi Coauthors Study Revealing Nanoparticle Damage
Sri Kidambi

Srivatsan Kidambi was among a group of UNL researchers that revealed damage caused to brain cells by titanium dioxide nanoparticles. The research was featured on the Nov. 28 cover of Nanoscale. (12/15/15)

Rajca Named AAAS Fellow
Andrzej Rajca

Andrzej Rajca has been named an AAAS fellow for distinguished contributions to organic magnetic materials, particularly for the development of high-spin organic molecules and the first organic polymer with magnetic ordering. (11/23/15)

Berkowitz Named AAAS Fellow
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz has been named an AAAS fellow for distinguished contributions to chemical biology and synthetic chemistry, particularly for developing innovative tools to advance research on asymmetric synthesis and enzymology. (11/23/15)

NCMN Collaboration Leads to National Student Research Award
Voelte-Keegan building

South Dakota State University student Simeon Gilbert won a first place award at the Sigma Xi national conference. Gilbert, in collaboration with NCMN's nano-magnetic group, tested the properties of a semiconductor material that helps reduce the power needed for computer memory. (11/18/15)

Kidambi Uses Polymer Film to Mimic Tumors
Srivatsan Kidambi

Srivatsan Kidambi and colleagues have used a polymer-based film to assemble cell cultures without the need of adhesive proteins, which could accelerate the testing of cancer treatments and has already revealed a potential source of the body’s resistance to a therapeutic drug. (11/9/15)

New NCMN Member
Jian Wang

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Jian Wang, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (11/6/15)

Sellmyer Appointed Editorial Board Member
David Sellmyer

David Sellmyer has been appointed an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group. In this role he acts as an associate editor for papers in his field, arranging for referees and making editorial decisions on acceptance of papers. (10/30/15)

Undergrad Wins Third Place at Nano Conference
Ethiyal Raj Wilson

Physics undergrad Ethiyal Raj Wilson won third place for his presentation at the NDConnect Undergraduate Research Competition, which was part of the Notre Dame Competition in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. (10/29/15)

NCMN Members on Speakers Bureau
Voelte-Keegan building

NCMN faculty members Christian Binek and Stephen Ducharme are among the 23 members of the 2015-16 UNL Speakers Bureau. More information on their talks is available on the Speakers Bureau website. (10/28/15)

2015 Newsletter Published
Interfaces 2015

The fall 2015 issue of Interfaces, the newsletter of NCMN, is available online. Articles cover NCMN's new grant, new faculty members, student degrees, outreach programs, and more. (10/16/15)

UNL Alum Speeds Cancer Diagnosis
Rebecca Richards-Kortum

Rebecca Richards-Kortum (BS Physics UNL, PhD Physics MIT), who started as an undergrad in David Sellmyer's lab, has developed a potential faster means to diagnose breast cancer, as reported in Microscopy and Analysis (page 49). (10/14/15)

Kidambi Wins Emerging Innovator Award
Sri Kidambi

Sri Kidambi won the Emerging Innovator of the Year award from NUtech Ventures for his work to develop a structured environment for cancer cells to grow. (10/8/15)

New NCMN Member
Michael Sealy

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Michael Sealy of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (10/8/15)

Shelli Krupicka Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Shelli Krupicka

Shelli Krupicka, NCMN's administrative coordinator, has reached her twenty-fifth anniversary of service to UNL, with the entire time being dedicated to NCMN. Congratulations, Shelli! (9/30/15)

New NCMN Member
Qin Zhou

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Qin Zhou of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (9/23/15)

Ndao Brings STEM Camps to Senegal
Sidy Ndao

Sidy Ndao, assistant professor of Mechanicals & Materials Engineering, is bringing STEM camps to students in his native Senegal, in West Africa. (9/21/15)

NCMN Earns $3.5-million NSF Grant
David Sellmyer

NCMN has earned a $3.5-million NSF grant to establish the Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF), a regional center of excellence in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Please refer to the articles from NSF, UNL Today, and UNL's ORED. (9/16/15)

Gruverman & Tsymbal Identify Ferroelectric Material
Gruverman & Tsymbal

Alexei Gruverman and Evgeny Tsymbal were part of a UNL team that induced stable ferroelectricity in a sheet of strontium titanate only a few nanometers thick. (9/15/15)

Xu Earns NSF Early Career Award
Xiaoshan Xu

Xiaoshan Xu, assistant professor of physics & astronomy, has earned an NSF CAREER award. The award will further his research into a nanomaterial that could make electronics smaller, faster, and more energy efficient. (9/15/15)

Huang Engineers Light-Detecting Crystals
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang, Susan J. Rosowski associate professor of mechanical & materials engineering, and collaborators have engineered a series of light-detecting crystals that can register especially narrow bands of wavelengths. (9/2/15)

New NCMN Member
Peter Sutter

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Peter Sutter of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. (9/1/15)

Huang Leads Part of Solar Cell Project
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang, Susan J. Rosowski associate professor of mechanical & materials engineering, is heading part of a solar cell project led by Brown University. They will examine perovskite, a promising alternative to silicon. (8/28/15)

Zeng Explains Nanotube Preference
Xiao Cheng Zeng

Xiao Cheng Zeng, Ameritas University & Willa Cather Professor of chemistry, co-led a study showing why nanotubes prefer larger potassium ions to smaller sodium ions. (8/27/15)

Morin Studies Chemical Patterns
Stephen Morin

Stephen Morin, assistant professor of chemistry, led a study showing how to create flexible microscopic chemical patterns. (8/24/15)

Magnetic Threshold of Ultra-Thin Material Explained
Tsymbal & Paudel

Evgeny Tsymbal, George Holmes University Professor of physics; Tula Paudel, research assistant professor of physics; and collaborators have determined why 6 is the threshold for an atomically thin material, as published in Science. (8/14/15)

Kidambi Studies Brain Functioning
Srivatsan Kidambi

Srivatsan Kidambi, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and doctoral student Christina Wilson are studying brain functioning as part of the NIH-funded Molecular Mechanisms of Disease program. (8/7/15)

Symposium Features NCMN Student Research

The Nebraska Summer Research Symposium will take place in the Nebraska Union on August 12. NCMN summer student researchers will join others in presenting their research in a poster session from 1-3 pm. (8/6/15)

Ducharme Gives Talk on Nanoscience & Art
Nano art

Steve Ducharme, professor of physics & astronomy, will give a talk on nanoscience and art on August 4th at 5:30 pm in 136 Jorgensen. He will then lead a tour of NCMN's facilities. (8/4/15)

Huang Improves Solar Cell Efficiency
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang, Susan J. Rosowski associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, led a study showing that constructing a type of solar cell on a “non-wetting” plastic surface made it 1.5 times more efficient. (7/20/15)

New NCMN Member
Eli Sutter

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Eli Sutter of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (7/17/15)

Berkowitz Leads Catalyst Discovery
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz, Willa Cather Professor of chemistry, led a team that has identified a new series of fructose-based ligands that impart handedness to the catalysts they help form, as well as demonstrated the ability to tune the ligands' shape. (7/10/15)

Zeng & Sinitskii Publish on 2-D Materials
Zeng & Sinitskii

Studies led by Xiao Cheng Zeng and Alexander Sinitskii have demonstrated that a compound called titanium trisulfide could surge toward the fore of two-dimensional materials that are gaining popularity for microelectronics. (6/23/15)

Pannier to Speak at Congressional Briefing
Angela Pannier

Angela Pannier, associate professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, will discuss vaccine development during the SCIENCE 2034 Live Congressional briefings on June 24. (6/23/15)

Schubert Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Mathias Schubert

Mathias Schubert, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was awarded the title of honorary doctorate in technology by Linkoping University in Sweden. (6/19/15)

Gu Leads Study Examining Blast Waves
Linxia Gu

Linxia Gu, associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, is the lead author of a study examining how improvised explosive devices impact blood vessel networks and can lead to traumatic brain injury. (6/9/15)

Sinitskii Earns CAREER Award
Alexander Sinitskii

Alexander Sinitskii, assistant professor of chemistry, has earned a CAREER award from NSF to investigate graphene’s properties. He will also develop new nanoscience courses and conduct outreach activities for students. (6/8/15)

Dussault Earns Grant to Study Ethers
Patrick Dussault

Patrick Dussault, Charles Bessey Professor of chemistry, has earned a three-year NSF grant to examine new methods of synthesizing ethers. (5/26/15)

Nano Outreach at Science Olympiad
Nano STEM Expo Booth

NCMN presented an interactive booth of activities about carbon structures, memory metals and metal organic frameworks at the 2015 National Science Olympiad hosted by UNL. (5/15/15)

Kovalev Earns Early Career Award
Alexey Kovalev

Alexey Kovalev, assistant professor of physics & astronomy, was selected as one of 44 national recipients of an Early Career Award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. (5/11/15)

NCMN Ambassador Awards Given
Ambassador Award

Congratulations to Axel Enders and Xia Hong, who received the 2015 NCMN Ambassador Awards at the Spring Recognition Luncheon on 5/7/15.  More faculty recognitions from Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering are available on the Outreach Recognition page. (5/8/15)

NCMN to be Involved in Science Olympiad
Voelte-Keegan Building

When UNL hosts the national Science Olympiad May 14-16, NCMN will be involved at the STEM Expo with tours and exhibits.  NCMN faculty member Tim Gay will participate in the Executive Egg Drop. (5/8/15)

Binek Promoted to Full Professor
Christian Binek

Christian Binek has been promoted to full professor of physics. (4/30/15)

Li Promoted to Associate Professor
Yusong Li

Yusong Li has been promoted to associate professor of civil engineering and granted tenure. (4/30/15)

Zeng Reveals New Arrangements of Gold Cluster
Zeng Gold

Xiao Cheng Zeng, Ameritas University & Willa Cather Professor of chemistry, and former visiting professor Yi Gao have led research that has revealed four atomic arrangements of a gold nanoparticle cluster. (4/24/15)

New NCMN Member
Christos Argyropoulos

NCMN welcomes new faculty member Christos Argyropoulos of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. (4/22/15)

NSF Grant Won for MRSEC
Stephen DiMagno

UNL has won a $9.6-million grant from the National Science Foundation to support MRSEC and its nanotechnology research through 2020. (4/20/15)

Structure Replicates Nature's Camouflage
Li Tan

Li Tan, associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, was part of a team that has developed a structure that can begin replicating color and texture within seconds of exposure to pulses of light. (4/17/15)

Team Spotlights Molecular Discoveries
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz, Willa Cather Professor of chemistry, led a team that revealed the versatility of a bacterial enzyme and an unexpected molecular rearrangement involving the organized shuffling of bond. (4/9/15)

Al-Omari Receives Distinguished Arab Researcher Award
Immadin Al-Omari

Imaddin Al-Omari, who received his doctoral degree under David Sellmyer and is a visiting professor of physics at UNL in the summers, received the Distinguished Arab Researcher Award from the Association of Arab Universities. (3/25/15)

Rajca Receives ORCA Award
Andrzej Rajca

UNL's College of Arts and Sciences has awarded Andrzej Rajca, Charles Bessey Professor of chemistry, the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) Award. (3/25/15)

NanoDays to be held at Gateway Mall
Nano Days 2014

Nebraska’s sixth annual NanoDays will be held Saturday, March 28 from 1-4pm at Gateway Mall, 60th and O streets. It is part of a nationwide festival of education about nanoscience. (3/20/15)

Bobaru Crafts Model that Predicts Corrosion
Florin Bobaru

Florin Bobaru, professor of mechanical & materials engineering, has contributed to a model that better predicts the spread of corrosion, as published in the Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids. (3/18/15)

DiMagno Earns Named Professorship
Stephen DiMagno

Stephen DiMagno has been named a Willa Cather/Charles Bessey Professor of Chemistry. (3/9/15)

Huang Earns Named Professorship
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang has been named a Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. (3/9/15)

Customized Nanoparticles Could Better Transport Drugs
Yiqi Yang

Yiqi Yang, Charles Bessey Professor of textiles, merchandising & fashion design and biological systems engineering, and colleagues have customized nanoparticles that could better transport therapeutic drugs. (3/4/15)

Zeng's Research Featured on Journal Cover
Zeng Research

A research article by Xiao Cheng Zeng, professor of chemistry, was featured on the cover of the journal ACS Catalysis. (2/25/15)

Sinitskii and Franke-Schubert Publish on Graphene
Alexander Sinitskii

Alexander Sinitskii, assistant professor of chemistry, and Eva Franke-Schubert, associate professor of electrical engineering, publish their findings on graphene's ability to protect nanotechnology from heat. (2/16/15)

Yang to Speak on Textiles
Yiqi Yang

Yiqi Yang, Charles Bessey Professor of textiles, merchandising & fashion design and biological systems engineering, will speak on "Innovation in Textiles - From Garbage to Fashion." The presentation will be 2/11 at 7pm in 222 Love South. (2/9/15)

Dowben Contributes to Solar Cell Research
Peter Dowben

Peter Dowben, Charles Bessey Professor of physics, and colleagues have reveal the atomic-level mechanisms of a material that could improve the efficiency of solar cells, as published in the journal Science. (2/5/15)

Huang Discovers Solar Cell Material's Potential
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang, associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, and colleagues have discovered the vast potential of a solar cell material. (1/30/15)

Gay Comments on NFL's "Deflate-Gate"
Tim Gay

Timothy Gay, professor of physics, believes that air temperature is the explanation for the underinflated footballs in the January 18 Patriots vs. Colts game. (1/28/15)

Berkowitz Appointed Interim NSF Chemistry Director
David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz, chair of the Department of Chemistry, has been appointed interim director of the NSF Division of Chemistry from February through August. (1/23/15)

Woollam Named Inventor Fellow

John Woollam, an internationally known expert in ellipsometry, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. (12/16/14)

Solar Cell Technology Improved

UNL engineers, led by Jinsong Huang, have doubled the efficiency of a prominent solar cell technology by uncovering the cause of a phenomenon that hinders cell performance, stability, and evaluation, as published December 15th in Nature Communications. (12/15/14)

Digital Memory Technology Improved

Alexei Gruverman, Alexander Sinitskii, and Evgeny Tsymbal have engineered and tested improvements in the technology used in digital memory. Findings were reported November 24th in Nature Communications. (11/24/14)

Four New NCMN Members

NCMN welcomes four new faculty members: Herman Batelaan (Physics), Bai Cui (Mechanical & Materials Engineering), Joshua Darr (University of Nebraska at Omaha-Chemistry), and Michael Nastasi (Mechanical & Materials Engineering).

Skomski Article in Journal Small

The journal Small featured an article co-authored by Ralph Skomski. The article is entitled, "Template-Directed FeCo Nanoshells on AuCu." (10/29/14)

Grant Earned for Solar Cells

Jinsong Huang earned a $1.2-million grant to improve the efficiency of solar cells. (10/22/14)

Research Supports DNA Hypothesis

New research by UNL physicists Joan Dreiling and Timothy Gay gives support to a hypothesis about why DNA is right-handed. (9/17/14)

Sensor Could Improve Breast Cancer Detection

UNL scientists have developed a nanoparticle-based device that could significantly enhance clinical breast exams. (9/10/14)

Team to Prepare Material for Space Flight

A team led by UNL physicist Axel Enders will prepare a material for testing on the International Space Station. Funding is from a NASA grant. (9/4/14)

Cornelius Earns NSF Grant

Christopher Cornelius, chemical engineering professor and associate dean for research at the College of Engineering, is one of four Native American academics who received a $1.5-million NSF grant to increase Native American participation in STEM fields. (8/20/14)

Zeng Article on Journal Cover

Xiao Cheng Zeng, research assistant professor of chemistry Jaeil Bai, and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Joseph Francisco collaborated on an article that was featured on the cover of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. They demonstrated the potential of hydrogen gas hydrates to exist within the confines of single-walled carbon nanotubes. (8/18/14)

Faculty Book Selected for Highlights of 2013

Structural and magnetic properties of Pr-alloyed MnBi nanostructures, by P Kharel, VR Shah, XZ Li, WY Zhang, R Skomski, JE Shield, and DJ Sellmyer, has been selected for inclusion in the exclusive "Highlights of 2013" collection, Journal of Physics D: Applied Science.

Zeng Article Highlighted in Journals

Xiao Cheng Zeng (with Shuang Chen) and his research group achieved their 8th highlight (of research over his 21-year tenure at UNL) in the April 28 issue of ACS's Chemical and Engineering News and in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Zeng Article in Chemistry World

Xiao Cheng Zeng co-authored an article in Chemistry World entitled, "Boron Nitride Pringle predicted to be frequent flapper." (6/5/14)

Ducharme Publishes Book

S. Ducharme and V. Fridkin, Ferroelectricity at the Nanoscale: Basics and Applications. (Springer, Berlin, 2014). ISBN: 978-3-642-41007-9 (hardcover).

Yang Develops Novel Mesh

UNL textiles scholar Yiqi Yang has partnered with researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center to develop a novel mesh that will reduce complications associated with hernia repair surgeries. (5/16/14)

Ndao Student Receives Fellowship

Corey Kruse, a mechanical and materials engineering graduate student, received a 2014 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship. The honor includes $68,000 in annual funding, renewable up to three years. In Sidy Ndao's lab, Kruse conducted experimental research on Leidenfrost temperature shifts for multiscale micro/ nanostructured surfaces, with findings published in the June 2013 edition of the journal Langmuir. Kruse built the experimental set-up, collected the data, wrote the paper and published it with minimal supervision. (5/16/14)

Pannier Teams with UNMC on Bioengineering Research

University of Nebraska engineers and doctors are teaming up across campus lines to advance bioengineering research. The Angela Pannier and Andrew Dudley team is one of three UNL/UNMC collaborations funded through the Bioengineering for Human Health Grants Initiative.

2014 Nano Art Competition Winner Announced

First place went to Pinkai Mukherjee for "Nano Bonica" 2014 Science Art Competition.

DiMagno's Startup Wins Grant

Ground Flour Pharmaceuticals Inc., a startup company that grew from technology developed by UNL's Stephen G. DiMagno, has won a $726,000 National Science Foundation grant to expand its research and product development. Scarlet also published an article on the news. (4/9/14)

NanoDays Held at Gateway Mall

Secrets of Nanoscience were revealed at the fourth annual NanoDays celebration on Saturday, April 5th at Gateway Mall. See NanoDays photos on the NCMN Facebook page.

Gay Testifies Before House Subcommittee

Physics Professor Tim Gay and Dennis Molfese, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior joined other expert witnesses at the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing. Concussions and other brain injuries in sports was the topic of discussion on Capitol Hill on March 13. (3/14/14)

Sinitskii Team Solves Graphene Challenges

A team led by Alexander Sinitskii develops chemical solution for graphene challenges. "Instead of starting with a large sheet of graphene and trying to cut it down to something small — the essence of a top-down approach — we decided to use a bottom-up approach, making small graphene nanoribbons by coupling even smaller organic molecules," Sinitskii said. (2/23/14)

Saturday Science Program Held

UNL and LPS teamed up to present Saturday Science. Sir Issac Newton helped take nearly 160 fifth graders for a spin as the 41st year of Saturday Science opened February 1 in Jorgensen Hall. (2/1/14)

Huang Research Could Impact Electronics

Jinsong Huang is working to develop an alternative method for thin film coatings of semiconductor materials that could be used to develop transparent flexible flat-panel displays and sensor technologies. The Journal Star reported on the news.

Huang Thin Film Research Gains Momentum

The next wave of electronics led in part by NCMN member Jinsong Huang, using organic thin film transistors instead of silicon, is gaining momentum with new research by engineering faculty at UNL and Stanford University. (1/7/14)

Four New NCMN Faculty Members

NCMN welcomes four new faculty members: Christopher Cornelius (Chem./Biomolec. Engineering), Alexey Kovalev (Physics), Stephen A. Morin (Chemistry), and Xiaoshan Xu (Physics).

Dzenis Publishes on Graphene and Nanofibers

Yuris Dzenis led research that found that using a small, strategic amount of graphene oxide as a template improves carbon nanomaterials. The research was published in the December 10 edition of Advanced Functional Materials. (12/10/13)

NCMN Graduate Research Fellows Announced

The 2014 NCMN fellows are Dimitry Papkov, a doctoral student in materials engineering; Timothy Martin, a doctoral candidate in biomedical engineering; and Chieu Van Nguyen, a doctoral candidate in chemical and biomolecular engineering. (12/6/13)

Sellmyer Named AAAS Fellow

David Sellmyer has been named an AAAS fellow for distinguished contributions to the physics of magnetic materials and nanostructures and for scientific leadership as director of the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience. (11/25/13)

Zeng Named to Royal Society of Chemistry

Xiao Cheng Zeng, Ameritas University and Willa Cather Professor of Chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom. The Royal Society of Chemistry is one of the oldest scientific societies in the world. Zeng was one of 12 new Fellows named by the society this year. (11/17/13)

Sellmyer & Team Develop Hybrid Nanomagnetic Material

David Sellmyer was part of a team of researchers at UNL that have developed permanent magnet materials through a new process of growing and assembling nanoscale magnetic clusters. The work has been published in Advanced Materials. (11/13/13)

NCMN Members Among UNL Research Fellows

Thirteen UNL faculty members have been selected for the 2013-14 Research Development Fellows Program. These include NCMN members Alexey Kovalev, Stephen A. Morin, and Xiaoshan Xu. (10/10/13)

Sellmyer Book Among Top Downloaded

Springer Publishing has announced that a book edited by D.J. Sellmyer and colleagues, Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications, has had a total of 14,498 chapter downloads. The 6,621 chapter downloads in 2013 place it in the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook collection in 2013.

Brand Named ELATE Fellow

Jennifer Brand, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named a 2013-14 ELATE Fellow. (9/26/13)

Lu Graduate Working for Department of Defense

From Yongfeng Lu's LANE (Laser Assisted Nano Engineering) group: Matt Mitchell’s work is classified. The Omaha native and recent UNL graduate works for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Missile Defense Agency. He credits his UNL studies with giving him the skills, engineering background and confidence the agency seeks.

Zeng Research on Journal Cover

Xiao Cheng Zeng group research was on the cover of the Royal Society of Chemistry Journal. Like diamond or graphite, a carbon nanopeapod is a hybrid form of carbon allotropes with the "pod" being a carbon nanotube and the "peas" being a line of fullerenes (such as buckyballs) trapped inside the nanotube. (8/2/13)

Othman Research on Journal Cover

Reseach by Shadi F. Othman was featured on the cover of Journal of Neurotrauma: In Vivo Imaging of Viscoelastic Properties of the Mouse Brain after Controlled Cortical Impact.

Nano Art Exhibit

The Art of Nanoscience Exhibit is showing during the month of September at the Burkholder Gallery, 719 P Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. In celebration of the aesthetic appeal and creativity of nanoscience, an exhibit of images have been captured based on calculations, imaging data, and conceptual models from nanoscience research at the University of Nebraska.

Huang Works on Solar Cell Developments

Jinsong Huang, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, is working on thin, flexible, polymer solar cells that could be cheaper and more efficient than current technology, and maybe someday could be incorporated into clothing or backpack coverings to power electronic devices.

Nano on NOVA's "Making Stuff"

On NOVA's "Making Stuff" with David Pogue: Making Stuff Smaller – Materials

Zeng Research on Journal Cover

An international research study led by Xiao Cheng Zeng was featured on the cover of the June issue of the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. (7/2/13)

2013 Nano Art Prints on Display

The Spring 2013 Nano Art Competition prints are currently on display in the Nebraska Union Rotunda Gallery.

Huang Develops Photodetector

Jinsong Huang, along with Fawen Guo and Zhengguo Xiao, reported the development of an organic photodetector that has the ability to function at low light levels. (5/31/13)

Pannier Develops Gene Delivery Tool

Angela Pannier, a UNL biological systems engineer, is using nanotechnology to develop a gene delivery tool. (5/28/13)

UNL Physicists Lead Research Collaboration

UNL physicists will lead a $7-million collaboation to develop a new generation of electronic devices. The team includes Alexei Gruverman; Peter Dowben, Kirill Belashchenko; Xia Hong, Evgeny Tsymbal, and Christian Binek. (5/1/13)

NanoDays to be Held April 6

NanoDays is to be held on April 6 from 1 to 4pm at Gateway Mall, 66th and O streets. (3/28/13)

UNL Team Develops Nanofibers

A UNL team discovery yielded supertough, strong nanofibers. Yuris Dzenis and colleagues developed an exceptionally thin polyacrilonitrile nanofiber, a type of synthetic polymer related to acrylic, using a technique called electrospinning. The process involves applying high voltage to a polymer solution until a small jet of liquid ejects, resulting in a continuous length of nanofiber. (4/23/13)

Gu Earns CAREER Award

Linxia Gu, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, recently earned a five-year, $406,248 Faculty Early Career Development Program Award from the National Science Foundation to continue her research on arterial narrowing, using a mechanical principle to solve a biomedical problem. (3/5/13)

2013 Nano Art Competition Winners Announced

First Place – Tyler Holm
Second Place – Zhanping Xu
Honorable Mention – Alexey Lipatov, Qingfeng Dong, PremKumar Thirugnanam, Gilbert Mbah & Thomas Smith
Scientist/Artist Pair Group – Wei Xiong & Joel Brehm – First Place

More Zeng Nebraska Ice Discoveries

Xiao Cheng Zeng published three more discoveries related to "Nebraska Ice." (12/13/12)

Nanoscience in Nature Exhibit Opens

A new nanoscience-in-nature exhibition, sponsored by NCMN, is on display at the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 S. Coddington Ave. The exhibit, "Nanoscience: Natural Beauty and Incredible Functions," will run through January. (11/15/12)

Redepenning to give Nano Café Talk

Jody Redepenning will be featured at NCMN's next Nanoscience Café. The discussion is at 7pm on November 15 at The Mill-Downtown, 800 P Street. Redepenning will talk about discoveries in composite biomaterials leading to hard tissue replacement for injured soldiers and others. (11/13/12)

Research Fair Ends with Nano Celebration

The UNL Research Fair ends today with a celebratory workshop about the Voelte-Keegan Nanoscience Research Center. Officials from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which helped fund the center, will be speaking. (11/8/12)

Voelte-Keegan Building Dedication

The new Voelte-Keegan Nanoscience Research Center at 16th & W was dedicated at 11am on September 27.  For more coverage please see NCMN's page, the Lincoln Journal Star, Science News 360, UNL Media Hub, and UNL Today.

New Edition of Skomski Book

The book Simple Models of Magnetism by Ralph Skomski, first published in 2008, is now available in paperback format. The book has been welcomed by the scientific community as a "highly readable and thorough account" and of "great use to graduate students and experts in the field alike". The original set of printed copies has been sold out, although hardback orders are still being accepted by Oxford University Press and produced from a laser printer. The 2012 paperback edition differs from the hardcover edition by various minor additions and corrections, most notably two added special-topic sections on the "new" quantum mechanics involving the Berry phase and on orbital-free density-functional theory.

The Berry phase is a phase factor in the quantum-mechanical wave function that was overlooked until 1984 and now penetrates many areas of physics, including magnetism. Orbital-free density functional theory (OF-DFT) or "true" density-functional theory is a quantum-mechanical approach without wave functions.

Nano Art Awards Given

The Spring 2012 Science Art competition awards have been announced. First place went to Yang Gao of Electrical Engineering. (3/23/12)

NanoDays to be Held March 24

The 2012 celebration of NanoDays is to be held on March 24 from 1 to 4pm at Westfield Gateway Mall, 6100 East O Street. (2/16/12)

Tsymbal Book Published

Evgeny Tsymbal co-edited a book, Multifunctional Oxide Heterostructures, which is published by Oxford University Press. The book is written by world-recognized scientists working in the field of complex oxides.

Schubert Elected Physics Fellow

Mathias Schubert, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society. Election to the fellowship is limited to no more than 0.005% of APS membership. (1/9/12)

NCMN Receives Bright Lights Award

The "Building the Future through Higher Education" award was presented in September to David Sellmyer and Terese Janovec by the Bright Lights program. NCMN received the award because of an innovative teaching approach that first shows educators how to teach nanotech lessons then gives them a chance to try out the new skills in a middle-school setting. (10/25/11)

Nano Facility Name Announced

The new NCMN facility will be named for College of Engineering alumnus Don Voelte and his wife Nancy Keegan, chair of the University of Nebraska Foundation’s board of directors. They have given a $5 million campaign gift to UNL, and in recognition of their gift, UNL's Nanoscience Metrology Facility will be named in their honor. (9/15/11)

2011 NanoDays Announced

The 2011 celebration of NanoDays has been announced in the Lincoln Journal Star. Organized by UNL's MRSEC and NCMN, along with Nebraska EPSCoR, NanoDays is planned for Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 1-4pm at Westfield Gateway Shopping Mall. (3/30/11)

Tsymbal Group Helps Advance Technology

Evgeny Tsymbal and his group members Yong Wang, Karolina Janicka, and Manish Niranjan were involved in research on complex oxide heterostructures that was published in Science and in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. The Lincoln Journal Star also covered the research. (2/21/11)

Recent Student Awards
  • Rhitankar Pal, a grad student in the Zeng Lab, has been selected to receive a 2011 Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award Honorable Mention.
  • Nan Shao, a former member of the Zeng Lab, has been selected to receive the 2011 Folsom Distinguished Dissertation Award.
  • Jennifer Gerasimov, a grad student in the Lai Lab, has been selected to receive a 2011 Folsom Distinguished Master's Thesis Award Honorable Mention.
NCESR Awards Grants to Engineering Faculty

The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research announced Energy Research Grants for 2011: Joseph Turner, professor and chair of the Department of Engineering Mechanics, was awarded $70,000 for “Development of Combinaorial Approaches to Enhance Ethanol Production Efficience from Switchgrass Using Micro/Nanoscale Quantification Methods.”

Graphene Research Published

T. Hofmann, A. Boosalis, P. Kühne, C. M. Herzinger, J. A. Woollam, D. K. Gaskill, J. L. Tedesco, and M. Schubert. Hole-channel conductivity in epitaxial graphene determined by terahertz optical-Hall effect and midinfrared ellipsometry. Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 041906 (2011), Vir. J. Nan. Sci. & Tech., Volume 23 , Issue 5 (2011).

Nebraska EPSCoR Award Received

Nebraska EPSCoR awarded a $3.3 million joint grant with Puerto Rico to create cyberinfrastructure and explore nanomaterials for energy efficiency. Evgeny Tsymbal is the chief scientist at University of Nebraska on this project.

MRSEC Review and Symposium to be Held

Nebraska MRSEC Review and Symposium is to be held October 18 - 19, 2010.

Tan Awarded NSF Grant for Nanoparticles

Li Tan was awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the thin fibers of conjugated polymer nanoparticles to enhance photon-electron conversion and improve energy efficiency in thin solar films.

Rajurkar Wins Award

K.P. 'Raju' Rajurkar wins the Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award from the 2010 International Symposium on Flexible Automation for “seminal contributions in the areas of non-traditional machining processes and equipment in particular process modeling, surface integrity and monitoring and control of macro and micro Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM), Electro Chemical Machining (ECM) and Ultra-Sonic Machining (USM).”

New Issue of NCMN Newsletter

The Fall 2010 issue of Interfaces, the newsletter of NCMN, has been published.

NCMN Receives NSF Grant for Microscope

NCMN received a $1.3-million grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a state-of-the-art transmission electron microscope. (6/24/10)

Ducharme Quoted in Chemistry World

Steve Ducharme of UNL's Department of Physics & Astronomy was quoted in Chemistry World about ferroelectrics.

Huang Receives YIP Award

Jinsong Huang received the 2010 Young Investor Program (YIP) Award from Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to study a novel high quantum efficiency mechanism in organic photodetector.

Huang Chosen for Fellows Program

Jinsong Huang in Mechanical Engineering is one of fourteen assistant professors chosen for research fellows program. Seven are engineering faculty.

DOE Grant Funds Nano Research

David Sellmyer, Ralph Skomski, and Jeff Shield have received a prestigious DOE grant to develop new magnetic materials that could help reduce the nation's dependence on foreign resources. (12/22/09)

Williams Named Outstanding Referee

P. Frazer Williams, Lott Distinguished Professor Emeritus with the Department of Electrical Engineering, is one of 360 journal reviewers receiving the American Physical Society's Outstanding Referee designation, a lifetime honor, in 2009. The APS has 47,000 physicist members worldwide.

Jaswal Named Outstanding Referee

Sitaram Jaswal, Professor Emeritus with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, is one of 360 journal reviewers receiving the American Physical Society's Outstanding Referee designation, a lifetime honor, in 2009. The APS has 47,000 physicist members worldwide.

Saraf Receives DOE Funding

DOE funds Ravi Saraf's work to engineer electronic interface between living cell and nanodevice.

Adenwalla Involved in National Intelligence Grant

Shireen Adenwalla is involved in a newly awarded $3-million, five-year grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. (9/21/09)

Dzenis Assists with Army Grant

Yuris A. Dzenis is part of a $7.5-million Army grant to develop fibers for stronger defense materials.

New NCMN Faculty Members

NCMN welcomes new faculty members Jinsong Huang (Mechanical Engineering), Rebecca Lai (Chemistry), Shadi Othman (Biological Systems Engineering), and Angela K. Pannier (Biological Systems Engineering).

Othman and Turner Named Research Fellows

Shadi Othman, assistant professor of biological systems engineering, and Joseph Turner, professor of engineering mechanics, are two of twelve fellows and senior faculty mentors selected for the inaugural Research Development Fellows Program, an initiative to help pre-tenure faculty successfully compete for grants.

Tsymbal Article Featured

APS's Physics Review Letters featured an article co-authored by Evgeny Tsymbal on the cover of Volume 102 Issue 10. The article is by Karolina Janicka, Julian P. Velev, and Evgeny Tsymbal, and is titled, "Quantum Nature of Two-Dimensional Electron Gas Confinement at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Interfaces."

Gay Named Outstanding Referee

Timothy J. Gay has joined the select list of Outstanding Referees of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals, as chosen by the journal editors for 2009.

Zeng Publishes on Hydrophobic Materials

Xiao Cheng Zeng published research about hydrophobic materials which gives clues for self-cleaning materials and water-striding robots. (5/4/09)

Lu Develops Self-aligning Carbon Nanotubes

Yongfeng Lu leads a research team using a laser to create self-aligning carbon nanotubes. The research was featured in Nanotechnology, LaserFocusWorld, Nanowerk, and (2/25/09)

DiMagno Elected ACS Vice-Chair

Stephen DiMagno was elected Vice-Chair/Membership of the American Chemical Society's Division of Fluorine Chemistry, 2009.

Harbison Research Featured at Conference

Gerard Harbison's bomb detection research was featured at the March 2009 American Chemical Society national news conference.