Center For Nanohybrid Functional Materials

The Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials (CNFM) includes eighteen investigators from six Nebraska colleges and universities. CNFM research is dedicated to the surface science of 3-D ordered nanostructures, and the study of physical and chemical phenomena that occur at their solid–liquid and solid–gas interfaces. CNFM combines expertise in the fields of surface chemistry, surface physics and cell biology. Specifically, CNFM targets the discovery and exploitation of new sensing principles based upon the combination of 3-D ordered nanostructures and chemical or biochemical sensing elements.

Research within CNFM is focused within three complementary and mutually supporting clusters, and includes the acquisition of specialized instrumentation for a developing core facility.

Cluster 1, Nanohybrid Fabrication, focuses on preparation of highly ordered spatially coherent 3-D nanostructures and their hybridization with chemical or biological sensing elements.

Cluster 2, Nanohybrid Characterization and New Sensing Principles, focuses on new characterization and sensing principles based on new surface physics and surface chemistry of the anisotropic nanohybrids, including optical, mechanical, fluidic and electrochemical phenomena.

Cluster 3, Molecular Interactions within Nanohybrid-based devices focuses on potential sensing and separation applications based on molecular interactions within nanohybrid-based devices.

CNFM News

Alex Sinitskii's research with improvements in random access memory featured in UNL Today

Jordyn Atwater and Raychelle Burks invited to give presentations at UNL's WoPhys14.


David Hage's research with the potency of diabetes medications  featured in UNL Today

CNFM in collaboration with NSF MRSEC QSPIN proudly announces the Sixth Annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences Thursday, Nov. 6 - Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 

"Vampires versus Zombies - A Battle of the Undead". Hear CNFM faculty Rebecca Lai and CNFM PostDoc Raychelle Burks feature SciPOP in Love Library Talk Zone on October 29, 2014 at 7PM.

Eva Schubert, Angela Pannier,  Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, Ming Han named Engineering Leadership Fellows

Mathias Schubert named a Fellow of the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany

Donna Kunkel wins prestigious Nottingham Prize

Angela Pannier's research featured on NSF Science 360 News Service

Erika Pfaunmiller nominated for Young Investigator award

Ming Han promoted to Associate Professor

2014 Awards and Scholarships announced

Alexander Sinitskii
receives Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award

Rebecca Lai named Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Chemistry

CNFM Co-director Pat Dussault recognized with CAS Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award

Alexander Sinitskii's team develops chemical solution for graphene challenges

Philipp Kühne and Alex Boosalis awarded the 2013 Ellipsometry Focus Topic Award at AVS

GeekGirlCon in Seattle features Raychelle Burks' DIY Science Zone

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