Labs 2

NCMN  Members  Celebrate  Research  Breakthroughs  in  Materials  and  Nanoscience ! the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience

NCMN Faculty - Tabs to Labs, Groups & Pages

Lab web pages feature current research & special projects, facilities & equipment, group members, publications & books, news, teaching, schedules, links.
See also: Engineering Research Labs

L. Gu

Gu Tissue Mechanics Lab Gu Lab

Research Expertise and Interests - (i) Multiscale / multiphysical modeling & material characterization in general (ii) Structure-function relationships within non-disease and diseased tissues (iii) Image-based vascular quantification (iv)Vascular remodeling (v) Material testing of soft tissue (vi) Crack behavior (vii) last-structure interaction, traumatic brain injury (viii) Cellular behavior under various loadings (ix) Device design and evaluation.


J. Brand


The Brand Laboratory is a traditional chemical engineering research group, investigating both new materials and new, more efficient materials production processes for thin films, microfibers (10 µm) and microparticles of commercial importance. The specific applications for these materials are radiation detection, advanced semiconductor and electronics devices, corrosion and wear resistant coatings, and catalytic support systems, with product morphology and performance controlled by process parameters. Current investigations are ongoing in three areas: supercritical processing, solid-state radiation detetectors, and polymers for harsh environments. ...more

Y. Lu

Lu's LANE Group

Laser Assisted Nano Engineering group (LANE) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was established in fall of 2002. Our group carries out state of art research in the field of nanotechnology using lasers. We aim to develop novel techniques using lasers for various applications including surface cleaning, nanoimprinting, nano-manufacturing, building photonic devices, nano-Raman and Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) microscopy.

J. Huang

Huang's Organic Electronics & Nanoelectronics Group

We are an organic electronics and nanoelectronics group whose overarching research goals include (i) combining material engineering with interface engineering to boost the performance of organic electronics devices (ii) designing new device architecture and fabrication process to realize low cost and high performance devices and (iii) synthesis high quality nanoparticles and integrate the nanoparticles into organic electronic devices for energy harvesting, energy storage, solid state lighting,and low-cost sensor application.

T. Hofmann

Hofmannl Lab

  Polaritons  | MO-Hall-effect  |  Exchange-Polarization  |   Advanced Semiconductors  |   Nanocomposites  
  Solar cells  |   Conductive organics  |   In situ monitoring  |   Low-symmetry materials  |  DFG Research Group 404 "Oxidic interfaces"

D. Sellmyer

Sellmyer Lab

The research in my group is broadly focused on quantum and spin phenomena in nanomagnetic structures. Newly discovered nanoscale structures with exceptional properties represent one of the most dynamic and exciting areas in science and technology. The emergence of nanoscience and nanotechnology has brought to the fore the concepts of deliberate fabrication of composite structures by either “bottom-up” or “top-down” methods. The top-down method has worked well for decades in the miniaturization process but is reaching its limits. The bottom-up method relies on the principle of self-assembly or self-organization, and has great potential for creating nanoscale systems that possess completely new properties. Future research likely will involve combined top-down and bottom-up approaches. Many new phenomena and devices are under study with these ideas including giant magnetoresistance sensors, high-density data storage and memory, spintronics, and exchange-coupled nanomagnets. Our research is focused on several of these areas. ...more

P. Dowben

Dowben Group

Peter Dowben’s research program concentrates on electronic band structure and the influence of electronics structure on various phase transitions. A large effort is directed toward the study of the electronic (bandstructure) mediated transitions in thin films and overlayers and relating these phase transitions to changes in metallicity and the electronic band structure. In particular, Peter Dowben's group is interested in the nature of the transition - the details of what drives the transition from the clearly nonmetallic to the clearly metallic phase in reduced dimensionality. There is a transition region or a "gray region" between what is clearly nonmetallic and what is metallic. This transition region is a poorly understood aspect of the nonmetal to metal transition. ...more

C. Binek

Binek Group

Research - (i) Exchange bias in magnetic metal/insulator heterosystems (ii) Experimental approach to fundamental aspects of statistical physics (iii) Matrix insulated magnetic nanoparticles (iv) Magnetic nanostructures for energy-efficient cooling.

D. Berkowitz

Berkowitz Research Group

Our group uses the power of stereocontrolled organic synthesis to address questions in biological chemistry, particularly those related to protein-ligand interactions. For example, Fig. 1 illustrates the first catalytic, asymmetric synthesis of (-)-podophyllotoxin, which serves as a tool for us to examine how the structure of the E-ring affects drug binding to tubulin. Total synthesis has yielded compounds more potent than the natural product itself, both in the tubulin assay and against human cancer cell lines. ...more

L. Tan

Li Tan Research Group

My research expertise falls into the following two categories: Material Design, Self-Assembly, and Nanomanufacturing, Mechanics of Nanomaterials and Nanostructures. Currently, my group and I are battling in several new frontiers, including programmable organic electronics, compressible liquids, and portable hydroelectricity.


NCMN Faculty - Tabs to Labs, Groups & Pages

Lab web pages feature current research & special projects, facilities & equipment, group members, publications & books, news, teaching, schedules, links.

A. Subramanian

Subramanian's Bioseperations and Biomaterials Group

The ability to manipulate the strength and specificity of protein-binding or cell-substrate events provides a tremendous leverage for the development of novel biological products and processes at a molecular level. I am motivated by the desire to solve problems in biology and medicine, and the challenge to develop models and systems based on scientific and engineering principles as applied to biological systems. My broad interests include the areas of bioseparations, biomaterials and functional tissue engineering. ...more


H. Viljoen


Piezoelectric materials are widely used as sensors and actuators. Dr. Viljoen's group is focusing on piezoelectric materials which can be used in high temperature, oxidizing environments. Important applications include vibratory measurements in combustion housings of turbines and burners, as well as acoustic probing of structures at high temperatures. An acoustic system to detect cracks in a cement-based composite is under development for a metals-processing company. The system is designed to monitor the vessel while it is in use, eliminating the need to take equipment out of commission for an evaluation. ...more


G. Harbison

Gerald Harbison's page

The nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) frequencies of atoms such as 1H, 13C, 31P, and so on, are exquisitely sensitive to their environment. That environment includes electrons in closed shells, open shells and bonds, and other nuclei in constant motion, and also depends on the orientation of these objects relative to the large magnetic field we apply to the sample. We use the NMR frequency to probe the structure of DNA and RNA, as well as the chemistry and dynamics of hydrogen bonding. ...more


X. Hong

Xia Hong's Research Link

My research focuses on epitaxial growth and fabrication of novel nanostructures and low dimensional systems using advanced physical vapor deposition and semiconductor device fabrication techniques; creating and imaging their local phase structures using scanning probe approaches; and studying how their transport, electronic and magnetic properties evolve with system dimensions. The materials systems of interest include the epitaxial ferroelectric and correlated oxide thin films and heterostructures, and low dimensional electron systems such as graphene. ...more


S. DiMagno

DiMagno Lab page

Research in my laboratory provides tools for, and insights into two technologically important problems: energy conversion and drug design. Aqueous conversion of renewable fuel sources to hydrogen can be performed with transition metal and solid state catalysts. Such aqueous reforming generates hydrogen-rich fuel streams that are contaminated with carbon monoxide. We develop reforming catalysts that selectively oxidize CO, and fuel cell electrodes tolerant to CO. ...more


K. Rajurkar

Rajurkar Research

Modeling and Analysis, Control of Traditional and Nontraditional Manufacturing Processes


S. Liou

Liou's research

Development of advanced magnetic force microscopy tips, Fabrication of nanometer-scale magnetic features, High resolution magnetic domain images under magnetic field, Micromagnetic simulations


S. Ducharme

Ducharme Research

Ferroelectric Polymer Langmuir-Blodgett Films, Organic Photorefractive Materials, Space Ellipsometer ...more


Y. Li

YuSong Li Research Team

Fate and Transportation of Engineered Nanomaterials in Porous Media, Nanoscale Carbon Onion for Remediation, Virus Facilitated Heavy Metal Transport. ...more


J. Redepenning

Redepenning's Research

The research in my group is presently focussed on two areas that rely heavily on the synthesis of new materials. One involves the use of electrochemistry to construct magnetic tunneling junctions. The other is focussed on the preparation of composite biomaterials. The goal the first project described here is to combine emerging nanofabrication technologies with well-established electrochemical techniques to construct tunneling magnetoresistance devices that exhibit size scales and compositions not obtainable by any other means. There is hope that recent discoveries involving the manipulation of electron spins using magnetoresistance phenomena will be an important evolutionary step in the development of permanent memories, reconfigurable logic, and fast electronics devices. ...more


Major NCMN-affiliated departments are listed below: