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Nebraska researchers working to 3-D print replacement tissues

Prahalada RaoPrahalada Rao is part of a team of researchers that are working from different angles to develop replacement tissues for bodily injuries by 3-D printing them. Rao is working to perfect the 3-D printing process, so that flawless parts can be produced every time, essential when creating a variety of parts - from replacement knees to airplane turbines. (7/25/28)


Formation of smallest ever skyrmions could improve digital memory

David Sellmyer Research led by David Sellmyer and Balamurugan Balasubramanian has resulted in the formation of skyrmions that are seemingly the smallest possible size at only 13 nanometers wide. This new finding could improve digital memory, including better energy efficiency, faster data processing speeds, and longer lifespans for hard drives. (7/12/18)


Researchers record “molecular movie” of photochemical reaction

Martin Centurion Martin Centurion and colleagues, including researchers from Stanford University and Europe, have been able to precisely capture how the atomic nuclei and chemical bonds of a five-atom molecule responded when struck by a laser. The study marks the culmination of a years-long effort to advance the quality of “molecular movies” from that of a rudimentary stop-motion animation to a high-definition motion picture. (7/9/18)


Yang earns grant for converting feathers to fiber

Yiqi Yang Yiqi Yang and his team were awarded a $211,885 two-year pilot-scale production grant to continue their work on developing a product made from certain fibers found in feathers and wool. Textiles made with these fibers have increased performance properties, including moisture transmission, thermal insulation, soft hand and luster. (6/25/18)


Xu receives Early Career Award from DoE

Xiaoshan Xu Xiaoshan Xu was awarded a 2018 Early Career Award from the Department of Energy for his work exploring how combinations of thin materials may be used to control electrons’ spins. The award will provide him with $150,000 in annual funding for the next five years. (6/22/18)


UNL home to new hybrid 3-D printers

3-D printer housed in the NEAT labs UNL’s Scott Engineering Center is now home to three unique hybrid 3-D printers that can add and subtract materials to create complex designs. The Nebraska Engineering Additive Technology (NEAT) Labs will provide researchers and students with endless possibilities for projects affecting a plethora of fields and industries. Click here to learn more about the NEAT Labs and the new instruments. (5/24/18)


Sellmyer Honored at MRS Meeting

David J. Sellmyer The Spring MRS Meeting in Phoenix hosted a five-day Symposium “Nanoscale Magnetic Structures and Materials,” which was organized by friends and colleagues of David Sellmyer to celebrate his many achievements and contributions to the field. Some 30 outstanding invited talks were presented by speakers including Stuart Parkin (Halle), Claudia Felser (Dresden), Ivan Schuller (UCSD), Michael Coey (Dublin), Sara Majetich (CMU), Shouheng Sun (Brown), J.P. Wang (MN), B. Koopmans (Eindhoven), Y. Hou (Beijing), Arun Gupta (Alabama), Axel Hoffmann (ANL), and others. Current and former Nebraska colleagues and speakers included: Ralph Skomski, Jeff Shield, George Hadjipanayis, Toshi Matsui, Damien LeRoy, Yunlong Jin, and co-organizers J. Ping Liu and Hao Zeng. A banquet on April 3 featured excellent food and several roasts with good-natured ridicule. (5/18/18)


Sellmyer book one of most downloaded in 2017

Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications The book “Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications,” co-edited by David Sellmyer, is among the top 25 percent of Springer downloaded books in 2017 with 10,628 chapter downloads last year. There have been a total of 56,676 chapter downloads since the books publication in 2009. (5/1/18)


Four NCMN Faculty granted promotions and/or tenure in 2018

University of Nebraska Logo Congrats to the four NCMN faculty members who were honored on April 24: Jian Wang (Mechanical & Materials Engineering), promoted to full professor and granted tenure; Angela Pannier (Biological Systems Engineering), promoted to full professor; and Sidy Ndao and Sangjin Ryu (both in Mechanical & Materials Engineering), promoted to associate professor and granted tenure. (4/24/18)


Rao earns NSF CAREER award to revolutionize smart additive manufacturing

Prahalada RaoPrahalada Rao was awarded a five-year $500,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to continue his work on improving the process of smart additive manufacturing (commonly referred to as 3-D printing) so that it might consistently produce flawless metal parts, which could make it feasible to mass-produce inexpensive metal parts where safety is paramount. (4/17/18)


Dishari earns CAREER award for work on hydrogen-based fuel cells

Shudipto DishariShudipto Dishari earned a five-year, nearly $600,000 CAREER award from the NSF to continue her work on reducing the cost and improving the energy efficiency of hydrogen-based fuel cells and related energy conversion and storage devices (e.g., lithium batteries, semiconductors, natural biochemical systems). (4/15/18)


Tsymbal and colleagues observe long-sought phenomenon

Evgeny TsymbalTwo UNL researchers were part of an international team that ended a 15-year quest to observe a phenomenon that could help power a future generation of (smaller) electronics. In 2004, researchers observed a gas of electrons coursing two-dimensionally through a nano-sandwich made from oxides. This suggested that electric currents could be confined to smaller spaces, allowing electronic components to shrink in size. However the negatively charged electron also leaves behind a positively charged “hole” when ejecting from its orbit around an atom. The goal of researchers was to create and observe a 2-D hole gas that likewise acts as a source of electric current. (3/7/18)


Researchers develop material gradient models that could strengthen polymer-based components
Mehrdad Negahban

Mehrdad Negahban, Li Tan, and Wenlong Li - along with researchers from France and China - have developed a model that can map an optimal gradient onto a structure and calculate the resulting performance improvement. (2/6/18)


Gu and colleagues seek to improve energy absorbing tubing to boost vehicle safety
Linxia Gu

Linxia Gu and colleagues are working to combine the best qualities of different designs of energy absorbing tubing that could improve the design of certain automobile components, helping to reduce injury risk in the event of a crash. (12/6/17)


Pannier earns NIH award to enhance gene therapy
Angela Pannier

Angela Pannier has received an NIH New Innovator Award to develop novel methods that improve the use of adult stem cells in gene therapy. Pannier is investigating nonviral delivery methods to introduce therapeutic genes into stem cells and how to improve the gene uptake of these methods. (10/5/17)


Nebraska-led website offers brief highlights of condensed-matter physics
Funsize Physics logo

Shireen Adenwalla and Jocelyn Bosley recently received another round of funding from the National Science Foundation for their website Funsize Physics, which offers brief, easy-to-understand highlights of condensed-matter physics research from NSF-funded scientists from across the country. (9/7/17)


Yang & colleagues find way to improve bio-plastic properties
Yiqi Yang

Yiqi Yang and colleagues have found that increasing the temperature of bio-plastic fibers to several hundred degrees Fahrenheit, then allowing them to slowly cool, greatly improved bio-plastic’s resistance to heat and moisture. This method can also make commercial manufacturing of bio-plastic’s possible. (8/31/17)


NanoArt on display in Nebraska East Union
nano art

For the month of August, NanoArt created by University of Nebraska-Lincoln STEM students will be on display on the third floor of the Nebraska East Union. Read more at the Daily Nebraskan. (8/21/17)


Yiqi Yang co-edits book
Yang

Yiqi Yang and colleague Helan Xu served as co-editors for the book Porous Lightweight Composites Reinforced with Fibrous Structures. The publication offers a comprehensive overview of the raw materials, processing technologies, performance properties and applications of lightweight composites. (8/11/17)


Sorghum husks potential use as wool dye
Yang

A study by Yiqi Yang and Chinese colleagues recently found that the husks of sorghum plants could potentially be used as a fade-resistant, UV-shielding dye for wool fabrics. (8/7/17)


Dr. Sellmyer co-edits book
Sellmyer

Dr. David Sellmyer acted as a co-editor for a recently published book titled, “Magnetic Nanomaterials: Fundamentals, Synthesis and Applications.” The book outlines how the latest developments in magnetic nanoparticles and nanomaterials are advancing the fields of biomedicine, energy storage, water treatment, and more. Learn more about the book here (7/28/17)


Controlling elasticity with magnetism
Binek

Christian Binek has found that, under certain conditions, the magnetic properties of a material can predict the relationship between its elasticity and temperature. You can read more about his findings here. (7/19/17)


Milestone in effort to treat bone disorders
pannier

A recent study by Pannier and colleagues from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska Medical Center has reported progress toward the bioengineering of cartilage that could help treat disorders known to disrupt the normal development of bones. (7/19/17)


Discovery Could Increase Functionality of Electronics
polymer device

Xia Hong, Stephen Ducharme, and colleagues have demonstrated a method for altering the properties of a nanoscopic material, pointing the way toward merging several functions of modern electronics into a single component. (6/7/17)


Argyropoulos Receives Award and Fellowship
Christos Argyropoulos

Christos Argyropoulos has been chosen an Office of Naval Research Fellow and will spend 10 weeks this summer at the NRL in Washington, D.C. He has also recently received the Young Scientist Award from the International Union of Radio Science to attend their General Assembly in Montreal, Canada from August 19-26. (4/27/17)


Nano Faculty Earn Promotion, Tenure
NNF building

Three faculty members are earning promotions. Promoted to full professor: Shannon Bartelt-Hunt and Kirill Belashchenko. Promoted to associate professor and granted tenure: Jian Zhang. Congratulations! (4/24/17)


Huang & Team Publish Perovskite Research
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang and team authored a study in Nature Photonics April 17. The study demonstrates a technique for bonding single crystals of perovskite onto a range of foundational materials that include silicon. (4/21/17)


Thermal Diode Allows Heat as Energy Source
Ndao thermal diode

Sidy Ndao and grad student Mahmoud Elzouka have created a thermal diode that will allow computers to use heat as an energy source to allow their operation in ultra-high temperatures. Their findings were published in Scientific Reports. (4/17/17)


Three Nano Faculty Earn Teaching Awards
NNF building

Three faculty have earned College Distinguished Teaching Awards, which recognize consistent excellence in teaching. Recipients are Yusong Li, Alexander Sinitskii, and Joseph Turner. (4/11/17)


Particle Offers Promise for Vaccine Pill
Pannier research image

Angela Pannier and colleagues have demonstrated that nesting a specialized nanoparticle inside a microparticle could protect engineered genes or virus-derived DNA against the rigors of the stomach and ensure safe passage to the intestine. (4/11/17)


Lu Earns ORCA Award
Yongfeng Lu

Yongfeng Lu received the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity award for his research in laser-based material processing, characterization and imaging. The ORCA recognizes faculty for outstanding research or creative activity of national or international significance. (4/5/17)


Pannier Earns Mentor Award
Angela Pannier

Angela Pannier was awarded UNL's Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring and supporting undergraduate researchers. (4/5/17)


Gay Earns Named Professorship
Timothy Gay

Timothy Gay has been named a Willa Cather Professor. The professorships were established in 2001 to recognize faculty members with the rank of full professor who have established exceptional records of distinguished scholarship or creative activity. (3/30/17)


2016 Outreach Newsletter Published
Outreach Newsletter 2016

The 2016 issue of the nano outreach newsletter is now available online. The newsletter covers UNL nano outreach activities over the past year. (3/2/17)


Enders, Dowben Team Creates 2D Material
2D Material

Axel Enders, Peter Dowben, and team have developed a new 2D material, Monolayer Hexagonal Boron-Carbon-Nitrogen (h-BCN), with potential for developments in ultrathin technologies. The results were published in ACS Nano and covered by Phys.org. (2/16/17)


Nebraska Nanoscale Facility REU student selected for 2017 international REU
NNF building

Skye Tackkett, 2016 NNF REU student, has been chosen to participate in a 2017 NNCI REU at the National Institute of Materials Science in Japan. Skye worked with Dr. Jeff Shield developing new permanent magnet materials critical for efficient energy conversion and information technologies using UNL facilities. (1/27/17)


Cui & Wang Improve Metal Durability
Cui and Wang

Bai Cui and Jian Wang are developing a variety of “radiation-tolerant” materials that are self-healing, and that could improve metal durability. (1/19/17)


Morin Studies Stretchable Surfaces
Stephen Morin research

Stephen Morin and colleagues have demonstrated how the chemistry of stretchable surfaces can affect their interactions with microscopic particles – and enhance or streamline processes usually conducted on rigid foundations. Findings were published in Small and Chemistry of Materials. (1/3/17)

NanoArt at Nebraska Innovation Campus
NanoArt Bee Family

NanoArt is on display at Nebraska Innovation Campus through November 30, and is open to the public 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The image at left, "Bee Family," is by H. F. Haghshenas & M. Khedmati and is the winner of NCMN's 2016 NanoArt competition. (11/7/16)


Powerful Underwater Microphone Uses Silver Nanoparticles
Underwater photo

Li Tan, Qin Zhou, Steve Ducharme, and colleages have developed an underwater microphone with 6,000 times greater sensitivity to low-frequency sound waves by embedding a network of silver nanoparticles in hydrogel and placing that gel between two electrodes, as reported in Nature Communications. (11/7/16)


Huang Receives Breakthrough of the Year Award
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang and postdocs Haotong Wei and Wei Wei were awarded the NUtech Ventures Breakthrough of the Year Award for developing improved X-ray detectors based on a perovskite material that are expected to reduce the X-ray dose required for medical imaging, security, and quality control. (11/2/16)


Monolith Materials to use NCMN/NNF Facilities
Monolith groundbreaking

Monolith Materials will be using NCMN/NNF facilities for their industrial efforts. NCMN/NNF director David Sellmyer attended the October 20 groundbreaking for their new plant, which was covered by the Lincoln Journal Star. (10/24/16)


Huang Protects Solar Cells from Moisture
Jinsong Huang

A team led by Jinsong Huang has detailed an approach that can buffer perovskite against moisture without sapping its ability to convert sunlight into electricity, as reported in Nature Communications. (10/20/16)


Kim and Turner Explore Alternative Concrete Materials
Concrete

Yong-Rak Kim, Joseph Turner, and colleagues recently earned a two-year NSF grant that will enable them to explore the performance and durability of concrete made of alternative binding and recycled materials, with the aim of developing better versions. (10/3/16)


New Materials Show Promise for Clean Energy
Jian Zhang research

Jian Zhang and colleagues have synthesized new materials that show promise for energy applications aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The materials belong to an emerging family of materials called metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs, which feature metallic atom-containing clusters that are linked by carbon atoms. (7/14/16)


Lu Selected for Schawlow Award
Yongfeng Lu

Yongfeng Lu has been selected as the 2016 Arthur L. Schawlow Award recipient. The award will recognize Lu’s record of laser industry innovation and his significant contributions to basic and applied research in the fields of laser science and electrical engineering. (7/1/16)


Song Research on Back Cover
Voelte-Keegan building

Jingfeng Song's latest paper will be featured on the back cover an upcoming issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. It is entitled, "Ferroelectric polymer nanopillars on flexible substrates by reverse nanoimprint lithography." This work is the capstone of his Ph.D. dissertation work, completed in May under his advisor Stephen Ducharme. (6/24/16)


UNL Team Bolsters Digital Memory
Xia Hong

Research by Xia Hong, Jeffrey Shield, Evgeny Y. Tsymbal, and colleagues, has bolstered an emerging form of digital memory, as published in Physical Review Letters. The material, lanthanum strontium manganite, features multiple properties that make it an appealing candidate for digital technologies. (6/24/16)


Sellmyer Book One of Top Springer eBooks
Sellmyer book

Nanoscale Magnetic Materials and Applications, co-edited by David Sellmyer, has had a total of 36,630 chapter downloads since 2009. This makes it one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in the relevant Springer eBook collection in 2015. (6/22/16)


Discovery Enhances Polymer Materials
Lu and Zhou polymer image

Yongfeng Lu, Yunshen Zhou, and colleagues have used thiol compounds to create a stronger polymer composite. The improvements translated to better electrical performance. (5/3/16)


Self-Assembly of Nanocrystals Captured
Peter and Eli Sutter

A research team led by Peter and Eli Sutter has become the first to directly image the self-assembly of nanocrystals in the liquid environments that foster it. The research was published in an April 4 article in Nature Communications. (4/4/16)


Huang Improves X-Ray Detection
Huang crystal research

In a March 21 study published in Nature Photonics, Jinsong Huang and colleagues reveal a crystalline material that is four times more sensitive to X-rays than leading commercial detectors. The material, methylammonium lead tribromide, can detect an X-ray dose about 11 times lower than that required for many medical applications. (3/21/16)


Bobaru Publishes Invited Study on Fracturing
Florin Bobaru

Florin Bobaru and grad student Guanfeng Zhang were invited to publish a study in the 50th-anniversary issue of the International Journal of Fracture. The study helps resolve the long-standing question of how cracks branch and propagate through brittle materials such as glass. (3/18/16)


Sellmyer Team Finds Magnetism in Nanoscale Compound
Sellmyer and Das

A team led by David Sellmyer and Bhaskar Das has discovered that a compound called manganese silicide takes on unexpected properties when reduced down to the nanoscale. (3/15/16)


New Materials Become Reflective When Stretched
Argyropoulos & Morin

Christos Argyropoulos and Stephen Morin, with graduate student Jay Taylor, have developed a method for crafting elastic materials that feature a matte appearance when relaxed but become highly reflective when stretched. (2/2/16)


Huang on Perovskite-based Solar Cells
Jinsong Huang

Jinsong Huang published an article in the inaugural issue of Nature Energy about an innovation that could help make perovskite-based solar cells more competitive with those made from silicon. (1/13/16)

Kidambi Coauthors Study Revealing Nanoparticle Damage
Sri Kidambi

Srivatsan Kidambi was among a group of UNL researchers that revealed damage caused to brain cells by titanium dioxide nanoparticles. The research was featured on the Nov. 28 cover of Nanoscale. (12/15/15)


NCMN Collaboration Leads to National Student Research Award
Voelte-Keegan building

South Dakota State University student Simeon Gilbert won a first place award at the Sigma Xi national conference. Gilbert, in collaboration with NCMN's nano-magnetic group, tested the properties of a semiconductor material that helps reduce the power needed for computer memory. (11/18/15)


Kidambi Uses Polymer Film to Mimic Tumors
Srivatsan Kidambi

Srivatsan Kidambi and colleagues have used a polymer-based film to assemble cell cultures without the need of adhesive proteins, which could accelerate the testing of cancer treatments and has already revealed a potential source of the body’s resistance to a therapeutic drug. (11/9/15)


Sellmyer Appointed Editorial Board Member
David Sellmyer

David Sellmyer has been appointed an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group. In this role he acts as an associate editor for papers in his field, arranging for referees and making editorial decisions on acceptance of papers. (10/30/15)


Kidambi Wins Emerging Innovator Award
Sri Kidambi

Sri Kidambi won the Emerging Innovator of the Year award from NUtech Ventures for his work to develop a structured environment for cancer cells to grow. (10/8/15)


NCMN Earns $3.5-million NSF Grant
David Sellmyer

NCMN has earned a $3.5-million NSF grant to establish the Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF), a regional center of excellence in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Please refer to the articles from NSF, UNL Today, and UNL's ORED. (9/16/15)