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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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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. 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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, 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)
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)
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)
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)
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 Phys.org. (2/16/17)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
NCMN welcomes new faculty member Nicole Iverson, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. (11/22/16)
New NCMN Member
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 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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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
NCMN welcomes new faculty member Ashraf Hassan, research assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. (10/13/16)
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)
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)
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)
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
NCMN welcomes new faculty member Shudipto Dishari, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. (9/7/16)
New NCMN Member
NCMN welcomes new faculty member Siamak Nejati, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. (9/7/16)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
New NCMN Member
NCMN welcomes new faculty member Sangjin Ryu, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (2/9/16)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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 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)
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 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)
UNL Alum Speeds Cancer Diagnosis
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)
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
NCMN welcomes new faculty member Michael Sealy of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (10/8/15)
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
NCMN welcomes new faculty member Qin Zhou of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (9/23/15)
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 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)
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)
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
NCMN welcomes new faculty member Peter Sutter of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. (9/1/15)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
NCMN welcomes new faculty member Eli Sutter of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (7/17/15)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Patrick Dussault, Charles Bessey Professor of chemistry, has earned a three-year NSF grant to examine new methods of synthesizing ethers. (5/26/15)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Christian Binek has been promoted to full professor of physics. (4/30/15)
Yusong Li has been promoted to associate professor of civil engineering and granted tenure. (4/30/15)
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
NCMN welcomes new faculty member Christos Argyropoulos of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. (4/22/15)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Stephen DiMagno has been named a Willa Cather/Charles Bessey Professor of Chemistry. (3/9/15)
Jinsong Huang has been named a Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. (3/9/15)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Jinsong Huang, associate professor of mechanical and materials engineering, and colleagues have discovered the vast potential of a solar cell material. (1/30/15)
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)
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)
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)
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).
Jinsong Huang earned a $1.2-million grant to improve the efficiency of solar cells. (10/22/14)
New research by UNL physicists Joan Dreiling and Timothy Gay gives support to a hypothesis about why DNA is right-handed. (9/17/14)
UNL scientists have developed a nanoparticle-based device that could significantly enhance clinical breast exams. (9/10/14)
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)
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)
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).
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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
2013 Nano Art Prints on Display
The Spring 2013 Nano Art Competition prints are currently on display in the Nebraska Union Rotunda Gallery.
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)
Angela Pannier, a UNL biological systems engineer, is using nanotechnology to develop a gene delivery tool. (5/28/13)
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 is to be held on April 6 from 1 to 4pm at Gateway Mall, 66th and O streets. (3/28/13)
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)
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
Xiao Cheng Zeng published three more discoveries related to "Nebraska Ice." (12/13/12)
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)
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)
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)
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.
The Spring 2012 Science Art competition awards have been announced. First place went to Yang Gao of Electrical Engineering. (3/23/12)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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
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.
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.
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).
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
Xiao Cheng Zeng published research about hydrophobic materials which gives clues for self-cleaning materials and water-striding robots. (5/4/09)
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.