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FALL 2012

The book Simple Models of Magnetism 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.

    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.

Evgeny Tsymbal co-edited a book "Multifunctional Oxide Heterostructures" which is published by Oxford University Press. The book is written by world-recognized scientists working in the field of complex oxides.

SPRING 2011

NanoDays has been announced in Lincoln Journal Star. Organized by UNL's MRSEC, NCMN and Nebraska EPSCoR, NanoDays is planned for Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m at Westfield Gateway Shopping Mall.

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 Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. This research is featured at UNL News Releases and Lincoln Journal Star.

Nebraska EPSCoR awarded a $3.3 million joint grant with Puerto Rico to create cyberinfrastructure and explore nanomaterials for energy efficiency. Evgeny Tsymbal is the chief scientist at University of Nebraska on this project.

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. Congrats Rhitankar! Nan Shao, a former member of the Zeng Lab, has been selected to receive the 2011 Folsom Distinguished Dissertation Award. Congrats Nan! Jennifer Gerasimov, a grad student in the Lai Lab, has been selected to receive a 2011 Folsom Distinguished Master's Thesis Award Honorable Mention. Congrats Jennifer!

NCESR awards grants to engineering faculty The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research announced Energy Research Grants for 2011: Joseph Turner, 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.” Dale Tiller, assistant professor with the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, was awarded $50,000 for “Residential electricity Management and Control Mediated by Occupancy Sensor Networks.”
Song Ci, associate professor with the Computer and Electronics Engineering Department, was awarded $15,000 for “Self-X: An Intelligent Large Scale Battery System for Renewable Energy Storage.” Siu Kit Lau, assistant professor with the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction, was awarded $15,000 for “A Two-Phase System for Solar Domestic Water Heating.”

Hole-channel conductivity in epitaxial graphene determined by terahertz optical-Hall effect and midinfrared ellipsometry, 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 awarded a $3.3 million joint grant with Puerto Rico to create cyberinfrastructure and explore nanomaterials for energy efficiency. Evgeny Tsymbal is the chief scientist at University of Nebraska on this project.

FALL 2010

Nebraska MRSEC Review and Symposium, October 18 - 19, 2010

Li Tan awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the thin fibers of conjugated polymer nanoparticles to enhance photon-toelectron conversion and improve energy efficiency in thin solar films.

K.P. 'Raju' Rajurkar wins the Hideo Hanafusa Outstanding Investigator Award, 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).”

INTERFACES - Fall 2010 The Newsletter of the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

DOE grant funds innovative nanotechnology research at UNL. Nanoscientists David Sellmyer, Director, NCMN and George Holmes University Distinguished Professor, Ralph Skomski, Research Associate Professor and Jeff Shield, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UNL have received a prestigious grant to develop new magnetic materials that could help reduce global warming and the nation's dependence on foreign resources.

Steve Ducharme, at UNL's Department of Physics & Astronomy is quoted in Chemistry World about ferroelectrics.

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.

Jinsong Huang in Mechanical Engineering is one of 14 Assistant Professors Chosen for Research Fellows Program - 7 are Engineering Faculty.

2009

P. Frazer Williams, UNL's 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.

Dr. Sitaram Jaswal, UNL's 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.

DOE funds Ravi Saraf's work to engineer electronic interface between living cell and nanodevice

Shireen Adenwalla, NCMN member involved in a newly awarded $3 million, five-year grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Xiao Cheng Zeng's research highlighted on NSF's Science 360 News Service for web and email (See "Live from Studio 8")

Yuris A. Dzenis part of $7.5M Army grant to develop fibers for stronger defense materials.

NCMN welcomes new member: Jinsong Huang, Mechanical Engineering and the following new members since July 2009: Rebecca Lai Chemistry, Shadi Othman Biological Systems Engineering, and Angela K. Pannier Biological Systems Engineering.

Shadi Othman, assistant professor, biological systems engineering, and Joseph Turner, professor, engineering mechanics are one 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.Yongfeng Lu leads research team working with self-aligning carbon nanotubes.

Karolina Janicka, Julian P. Velev, and Evgeny Tsymbal's "Quantum Nature of Two-Dimensional Electron Gas Confinement at LaAlO3/SrTiO3 Interfaces" makes the cover of PRL 102

Timothy J. Gay has joined the select list of Outstanding Referees of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters journals, as chosen by the journal editors for 2009!

UNL Laser-Assisted Nano-Engineering Lab researchers led by Yongfeng Lu, professor of electrical engineering, uses a laser to create self-aligning carbon nanotubes. Nanotechnology Jan. 14 Cover Story, LaserFocusWorld, Nanowerk and nanotechweb.org.

Xiao Cheng Zeng Research gives clues for self-cleaning materials, water-striding robots

Stephen DiMagno (Chemistry) Elected Vice-Chair/Membership of the ACS Division of Fluorine Chemistry, 2009

Gerard Harbison (Chemistry) Bomb detection research featured at the March 2009 American Chemical Society national news conference.

Archived News

 

Simple Models of Magnetism by Dr. Ralph Skomski

Multifunctional Oxide Heterostructures by Dr. Evgeny Tsymbal

Dr. Gruverman's 2011 Book

Dr. Tsymbal's 2011 book

Antiplane Motions of Piezoceramics and Acoustic Wave Devices Cover Jiashi Yang

Adv. Magn. Materials

Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications by Dr. D.J. Sellmyer