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About NCMN

The Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) was founded by the Board of Regents in 1988 to serve as the focal point of interdisciplinary research in materials in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Engineering and Technology.  The overall goal of NCMN is to provide for the State of Nebraska and the University of Nebraska a nationally recognized center of excellence in materials research science and engineering, nanoscience, and nanotechnology.  NCMN supports over 90 faculty members from UNL and other University of Nebraska campuses and involves many departments, including Physics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and others.  At present about 142 graduate students, 20 undergraduate students, 20 postdocs or visiting scientists, and 10 technical staff are involved in research in the Center.

NCMN News

» John Woolam, an internationally known expert in ellipsometry, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, as reported in UNL Today. (12/16/14)

» 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 reported in UNL Today and published 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, as reported in UNL Today.  Findings were reported in the November 24 edition of Nature Communications. (11/24/14)

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

» UNL researcher wins federal grant for groundbreaking solar energy project: 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)

» 'Human touch' sensor could improve breast cancer detection: UNL scientists have developed a nanoparticle-based device that could significantly enhance clinical breast exams. (9/10/14)

» Team to prepare power-generating material for space flight, security: 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.  UNL Today reports that they demonstrated the potential of hydrogen gas hydrates to exist within the confines of single-walled carbon nanotubes. (8/18/14)

» Structural and magnetic properties of Pr-alloyed MnBi nanostructures by P Kharel, V R Shah, X Z Li, W Y Zhang, R Skomski, J E Shield, and D J Sellmyer has been selected for inclusion in the exclusive "Highlights of 2013" collection, Journal of Physics D: Applied Science.

» David Sellmyer was one of six UNL faculty members named fellows of the American Association for the advancement of Science (AAAS), as reported in UNL Today.

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Faculty Highlights

» Alexander Sinitskii, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded the Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award.
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Dr. Alexander Sinitskii - Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Awards
» Six faculty earn named Professorships. Included is Alexei Gruverman who will pick the Willa Cather/Charles Bessey professorship designation prior to the April 13 Honors Convocation. Rebecca Y. Lai was named the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Chemistry. see more...

Dr. Alexei Gruverman 
Dr. Rebecca Lai
» Xiao Cheng Zeng (with post-doctoral researcher, Jun Dai) has uncovered a new material that could have significant implications for a variety of challenges, from carbon dioxide storage to planetary science and solid lubrication. 2 articles: http://phys.org/news/2014-02-material-carbon-storage.html and see more...

Xiao Cheng Zeng with Jun DaiJun Dai and Xiao Cheng Zeng

» Digital Lab for Manufacturing - UNL is a partner in a $320 million advanced manufacturing collaboration that President Barack Obama announced Feb. 25 at the White House. Kamlakar Rajurkar, distinguished professor in mechanical and materials engineering, leads UNL's collaboration with the lab. see more...

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