Outreach / Education - Recognition

Outreach / Education Recognition

NCMN Outreach Recognition

  Educational Outreach Recognition

Many faculty, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students contribute to the effectiveness and success of NCMN’s educational outreach efforts. Each year we give the NCMN Ambassador Award for special recognition of a few outstanding faculty who have consistently given countless hours towards furthering education in the area of materials and nanoscience through outreach events and programs. We want to recognize their contributions and say thank you! For more information about nanoscience outreach events please visit: http://ncmn.unl.edu/outreach-education.

In 2016 the Ambassador Award was given to Shireen Adenwalla and Barry Cheung. The NCMN Undergraduate Fellow Award was given to Seth Kurfman (Physics and Astronomy 2016 graduate). Information on previous recognition awards is available on the recognition archive page.

2016 Ambassador Awardees

2016 Undergraduate Fellow

Kurfman Recognition
Seth Kurfman

  NCMN Graduate Research Fellows

The annual fellowships honor a select group of doctoral graduate students on the basis of high research and scholastic performance. Fellows receive a stipend that supports students who are completing their doctoral dissertations and final year of studies. Information on previous fellows is available on the fellowship archive page.

UNL's 2016 NCMN Graduate Research Fellows are Mikhail Shekhirev and Qi Wang.

Mikhail Shekhirev
Mikhail Shekhirev
Mikhail Shekhirev is a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry researching carbon nanomaterials engineering for nanoelectronics, sensors and energy storage. The focus of his research project is the synthesis and processing of atomically precise graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) for the fabrication of functional devices, such as thin films, based on solution-synthesized GNRs for various electronic applications. Mikhail has studied aggregation modes of GNRs in liquids and on surfaces and most recently, developed an original approach for controllable self-assembly of thin films of GNRs on liquid-air interfaces. He is using this approach to fabricate GNR-based thin films and study their properties for field-effect transistors and gas sensors. Mikhail has co-authored several publications in Nature Communications, Nano Letters, and Nanoscale and made multiple presentations at American Chemical Society (APS) meetings. Eventually he would like to achieve a faculty position at a tier-one research university.

Qi Wang
Qi Wang
Qi Wang has a strong motivation to work in the photovoltaic industry or an academic area to provide people with clean and cheap energy resource. As a Ph.D. research assistant in UNL, he has worked on improving the efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells. His background includes semiconductor physics, material chemistry and engineering, which involves materials processing, measurement, synthesis and characterization. His current academic interest is developing a simple structure to encapsulate the device or develop other moisture-tolerant perovskite materials for better long-term stable solar cell. Qi has published, as a result of his work, seven papers as first or co-first author in Advanced Materials, Nano Energy, Energy and Environmental Science (250 citations) and Applied Physics Letters to name a few. He has also collaborated with others and has more than 10 papers published in high quality journals such as Nature Materials and Nature Communication. In the future, Qi’s goals involve further improving the performance of solar cells to provide everyone the access to the cheap and clean energy.