ALBUM 2 - Building


at the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience


Theodore Jorgensen Hall & The Voelte-Keegan Nanoscience Research Center

NCMN address: 855 N. 16th Street
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68588-0298


Theodore "Ted" Jorgensen was a University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumnus, former department chair and a distinguished physicist who dedicated his professional career to teaching and research. He served on the Manhattan Project during World War II and witnessed the first atomic bomb test. As director of the Nebraska Accelerator Project, he designed and built the first high-energy accelerator in the country for use in atomic physics research, ushering the department into the modern age of research. Jorgensen died at the age of 100 in 2006. The university's new physics building is named for him - a fitting tribute considering his profound influence.

  New Physics Building T.Jorgensen photo

The Physical Sciences Building was designed and built to accommodate the facility addition. The Nanoscience Metrology Facility is “shovel ready,” meaning its design is complete and construction has started. The 32,000-square-foot Nanoscience Metrology Facility will provide state-of-the-art laboratories, shared research facilities and administrative space in a central location. $6.9 million of the $13.8 million cost came from NIST grant funding. The projected completion date for this facility is November of 2011. (UNL News Release)

Theodore Jorgensen the visionary and former UNL former department chair and a distinguished physicist. Scarlet Link

  Interior Elements Jeweled Display Cases with Historical Physics Equipment  

Philadelphia artist Ray King designed "Tetra Ring" and "Chiral Lens" - the modern glass and steel sculptures featured in the atrium of T. Jorgensen Hall. King has exhibited glass artwork since the 1970's. The scale and scope of his work has evolved over the years as he moved into the public realm. Major permanent installations of his work have been commissioned throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Chiral Sculpture

Chiral Sculpture

Chiral Sculpture

"We have moved our NCMN offices to the new Jorgensen Hall which will house the Physics Department along with several NCMN Central Facilities. We moved our offices and labs in June and by now have found almost all of our files, books and records! The design of Jorgensen Hall is quite attractive with open spaces, wood ceilings and paneling, and multi-floor artwork on the upper floors. We are especially pleased to report that we obtained a highly competitive grant of $6.9 M from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to construct a $14 M Nanoscience Metrology Facility adjacent to Jorgensen Hall."

Dr. David J. Sellmyer, Director Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience George Holmes University Distinguished Professor


Major NCMN affiliated Departments

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Physics & Astronomy