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NCMN News Archive
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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)

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)

Yongfeng Lu Martin Centurionu乐平台登陆 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)

Yongfeng Lu Yongfeng Luu乐平台登陆 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 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)

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)

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)

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)

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt Shannon Bartelt-Huntu乐平台登陆, 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)

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. Congratulations to our active NCMN faculty! (7/17/19)

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)

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)

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)

Herman Batelaan Herman Batelaanu乐平台登陆 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)

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)

David Hageu乐平台登陆Studies 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)

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)

Peter & Eli SutterWhile attempting to grow an optimal nanowire using crystals, Peter Sutter, Eli Sutteru乐平台登陆, 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)

Juliana Rodriguezu乐平台登陆Juliana 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)

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)

Michael SealyThe award will help Michael Sealyu乐平台登陆 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)

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)

Ruiguo YangRuiguo Yangu乐平台登陆 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)

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

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)

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)

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)

Evgeny TsymbalEvgeny Tsymbalu乐平台登陆 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 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)

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)

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)

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)

Stephen MorinStephen Morinu乐平台登陆 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Prahalada RaoPrahalada Raou乐平台登陆 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Xiaoshan Xu Xiaoshan Xuu乐平台登陆 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)

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)

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)

Xiao Cheng Zeng Xiao Cheng Zengu乐平台登陆 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)

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 to learn more about the NEAT Labs and the new instruments. (5/24/18)

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)

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)

Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications The book “,” 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)

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 Ryuu乐平台登陆 (both in Mechanical & Materials Engineering), promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. (4/24/18)

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)

Prahalada RaoPrahalada Raou乐平台登陆 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)

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)

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)

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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)

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)

Xiao Cheng Zeng

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

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)

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)

Cole Shank

u乐平台登陆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 . (12/4/17)

David Berkowitz

David Berkowitzu乐平台登陆 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 . (11/17/17)

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)

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)

Xiao Cheng Zeng

Xiao Cheng Zengu乐平台登陆 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

Sangjin Ryuu乐平台登陆 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)

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)

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Shireen Adenwalla and Jocelyn Bosley recently received another round of funding from the National Science Foundation for their website , 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

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)

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 (8/21/17)


u乐平台登陆 and colleague Helan Xu served as co-editors for the book 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 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)


u乐平台登陆A new metal-free nanoparticle developed by 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 (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 (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)

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Xia Hong, Stephen Ducharmeu乐平台登陆, 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)

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)

Xiao Cheng Zeng research image

Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues published an 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

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)

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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 Zhangu乐平台登陆. Congratulations! (4/24/17)

Jinsong Huang

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

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 in Scientific Reports. (4/17/17)

Zeng perovskite cover image

Xiao Cheng Zeng and team published the 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)

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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)

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)

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)

Angela Pannier

Angela Pannieru乐平台登陆 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 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)

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As reported in the , 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

Timothy Gayu乐平台登陆 has been named a . 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

Rebecca Laiu乐平台登陆 received the 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 newsletteru乐平台登陆 is now available online. The newsletter covers UNL nano outreach activities over the past year. (3/2/17)

2D Material

Axel Enders, Peter Dowbenu乐平台登陆, 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 and covered by . (2/16/17)

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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 nanomaterial

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

Alexander Sinitskii

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

David Sellmyer

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

Nanoscale Horizons

Research by Xiao Cheng Zeng and colleagues was featured as the of Nanoscale Horizons, the on Advanced Energy Materials, and the on Journal of the American Chemical Societyu乐平台登陆. (1/20/17)

John Woollam

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

Cui and Wang

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

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 and . (1/3/17)

Linxia Gu

Linxia Guu乐平台登陆 has earned a of the . 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 nanodroplet

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

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 and serves on the and Board Executive Committee. (11/28/16)

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)

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 Iversonu乐平台登陆, 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 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 competitionu乐平台登陆. (11/7/16)

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 . (11/7/16)

Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huangu乐平台登陆 and postdocs Haotong Wei and Wei Wei were awarded the 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)

Peter Dowben

An led by Peter Dowbenu乐平台登陆 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 groundbreaking

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 . (10/24/16)

Jinsong Huang

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

2016 Newsletter Published
Interfaces 2016

The fall 2016 issue of Interfaces, the newsletter of NCMN, is available onlineu乐平台登陆. 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 Hassanu乐平台登陆, 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

Rebecca Richards-Kortum (BS Physics UNL, PhD Physics MIT), who started as an undergrad in David Sellmyer'su乐平台登陆 lab, was announced a . 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)

David Berkowitz

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

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)

Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huangu乐平台登陆'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 Dishariu乐平台登陆, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. (9/7/16)

New NCMN Member
Siamak Nejati

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

James Takacs

James Takacsu乐平台登陆 is director of UNL's new , 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 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)

Yongfeng Lu

Yongfeng Luu乐平台登陆 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
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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, This work is the capstone of his Ph.D. dissertation work, completed in May under his advisor Stephen Ducharme. (6/24/16)

Xia Hong

Research by Xia Hong, Jeffrey Shield, Evgeny Y. Tsymbal, and colleagues, has bolstered an emerging form of digital memory, as published in . 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

, 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

Sidy Ndaou乐平台登陆'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 . (6/3/15)

Xia Hong

Xia Hongu乐平台登陆 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

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)

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 and featured on its cover page. (5/13/16)

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)

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 Sinitskiiu乐平台登陆. Congratulations! (4/25/16)

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 Shieldu乐平台登陆. (4/22/16)

Xiao Cheng Zeng

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

Peter and Eli Sutter

A research team led by Peter and Eliu乐平台登陆 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 in Nature Communications. (4/4/16)

Huang crystal research

In a 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

Florin Bobaruu乐平台登陆 and grad student Guanfeng Zhang were invited to publish a study in the 50th-anniversary issue of the International Journal of Fracture. The 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 Huu乐平台登陆, assistant professor in the Geotechnical and Materials Engineering division of the Department of Civil Engineering. (3/16/16)

Sellmyer and Das

A team led by David Sellmyeru乐平台登陆 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

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 enzyme

David Berkowitzu乐平台登陆 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

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)

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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

Christian Bineku乐平台登陆 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)

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 Laiu乐平台登陆. 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)

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 appeared in Science Advancesu乐平台登陆, with coverage in several news outlets, including , , and . (2/12/16)

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 u乐平台登陆. 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)

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)

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)

Eli Sutter

Eli Sutteru乐平台登陆 has been selected as one of the chairs of the , as reported in the of the MRS Bulletin and on . (1/21/16)

Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huangu乐平台登陆 published an 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)

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)

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 of Nanoscale. (12/15/15)

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)

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)

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u乐平台登陆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

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 , 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)

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)

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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 . (10/28/15)

2015 Newsletter Published
Interfaces 2015

The fall 2015 issue of Interfaces, the newsletter of NCMN, is available onlineu乐平台登陆. 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

(BS Physics UNL, PhD Physics MIT), who started as an undergrad in David Sellmyer'su乐平台登陆 lab, has developed a potential faster means to diagnose breast cancer, as reported in (page 49). (10/14/15)

Sri Kidambi

Sri Kidambiu乐平台登陆 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 Sealyu乐平台登陆 of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (10/8/15)

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 Zhouu乐平台登陆 of the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering. (9/23/15)

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)

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 , , and . (9/16/15)

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)

Xiaoshan Xu

Xiaoshan Xuu乐平台登陆, 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

Jinsong Huangu乐平台登陆, 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)

Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huangu乐平台登陆, 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

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)

Stephen Morin

Stephen Morinu乐平台登陆, assistant professor of chemistry, led a showing how to create flexible microscopic chemical patterns. (8/24/15)

Tsymbal & Paudel

Evgeny Tsymbalu乐平台登陆, 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 . (8/14/15)

Srivatsan Kidambi

Srivatsan Kidambiu乐平台登陆, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and doctoral student Christina Wilson are studying brain functioning as part of the NIH-funded 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)

Nano art

Steve Ducharmeu乐平台登陆, 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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

Alexander Sinitskiiu乐平台登陆, 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

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 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)

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)

Voelte-Keegan Building

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

Christian Binek

Christian Bineku乐平台登陆 has been promoted to full professor of physics. (4/30/15)

Yusong Li

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

Zeng Gold

Xiao Cheng Zengu乐平台登陆, 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)

Stephen DiMagno

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

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)

David Berkowitz

David Berkowitzu乐平台登陆, 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

u乐平台登陆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)

Andrzej Rajca

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

Nano Days 2014

Nebraska’s sixth annual 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

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

Stephen DiMagno

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

Jinsong Huang

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

Yiqi Yang

Yiqi Yangu乐平台登陆, 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 Research

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

Alexander Sinitskii

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

Yiqi Yang

Yiqi Yangu乐平台登陆, 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

Peter Dowbenu乐平台登陆, 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 . (2/5/15)

Jinsong Huang

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

Tim Gay

Timothy Gayu乐平台登陆, 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

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)

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

UNL engineers, led by Jinsong Huangu乐平台登陆, 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 . (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 . (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 Nastasiu乐平台登陆 (Mechanical & Materials Engineering).

The journal Small featured an article co-authored by Ralph Skomski. The article is entitled, (10/29/14)

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)

u乐平台登陆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 Zengu乐平台登陆, 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 and in the

Zeng Article in Chemistry World

Xiao Cheng Zeng co-authored an article in Chemistry World entitled, (6/5/14)

Ducharme Publishes Book

S. Ducharme and V. Fridkin, . (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 on the news. (4/9/14)

u乐平台登陆Secrets of Nanoscience were revealed at the fourth annual NanoDays celebration on Saturday, April 5th at Gateway Mall. See NanoDays photos on the .

Physics Professor Tim Gayu乐平台登陆 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 Sinitskiiu乐平台登陆 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)

u乐平台登陆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 .

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).

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 Sellmyeru乐平台登陆 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 . (11/13/13)

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 Xuu乐平台登陆. (10/10/13)

Sellmyer Book Among Top Downloaded

Springer Publishing has announced that a book edited by D.J. Sellmyeru乐平台登陆 and colleagues, , 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 Brandu乐平台登陆, 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 : Matt Mitchell’s work is classified. The Omaha native and recent UNL graduate works for the . 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: .

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:

An international 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.

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 Pannieru乐平台登陆, 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
u乐平台登陆Scientist/Artist Pair Group – Wei Xiong & Joel Brehm – First Place

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

u乐平台登陆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 Redepenningu乐平台登陆 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 pageu乐平台登陆, the , , , and .

New Edition of Skomski Book

The book 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.

u乐平台登陆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.

u乐平台登陆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, u乐平台登陆, which is published by Oxford University Press. The book is written by world-recognized scientists working in the field of complex oxides.

u乐平台登陆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 Sellmyeru乐平台登陆 and Terese Janovec by the 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)

u乐平台登陆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 has been announced in the . Organized by UNL's and NCMN, along with , 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 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

u乐平台登陆The announced Energy Research Grants for 2011: , 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. . 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 Tsymbalu乐平台登陆 is the chief scientist at University of Nebraska on this project.

MRSEC Review and Symposium to be Held

u乐平台登陆Nebraska MRSEC is to be held October 18 - 19, 2010.

Tan Awarded NSF Grant for Nanoparticles

Li Tanu乐平台登陆 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' Rajurkaru乐平台登陆 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

Steve Ducharme of UNL's Department of Physics & Astronomy was 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 Huangu乐平台登陆 in Mechanical Engineering is one of fourteen assistant professors chosen for research fellows program. Seven are engineering faculty.

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 Williamsu乐平台登陆, 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 Jaswalu乐平台登陆, 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

u乐平台登陆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. Pannieru乐平台登陆 (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 . 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 of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals, as chosen by the journal editors for 2009.

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

Yongfeng Lu leads a research team using a laser to create self-aligning carbon nanotubes. The research was featured in , , , 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.