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.
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NCMN NewsDavid 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 National Academy of Inventors. (12/16/14) 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) Ralph Skomski. The article is entitled, "Template-Directed FeCo Nanoshells on AuCu." (10/29/14)
Faculty Highlights» Alexander Sinitskii, assistant professor of chemistry, has been awarded the Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award. (Full Article)
» Six faculty earned 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. (Full Article)