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

Alexander Sinitskii promoted to Associate Professor

CNFM highlighted on Nebraska EPSCoR website

Rebecca Lai featured in UNL Today article:  UNL researcher finds gold — and other metals

David Hage and advisee earn research awards

Sean Knight is co-winner of SE FT Student Award at AVS 62 International Symposium

Andrea Holmes named as one of seven recipients of the 2015 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

Angela Pannier to discuss vaccine development at Science 2034 Congressional briefings; Chris Exstrom article published on Science 2034 website

Alex Sinitskii featured in UNL Today article: New 2-D material’s properties show promise

Yusong Li and Mathias Schubert earn NSF grant to improve prediction of the transport of anisotropic colloids in groundwater

Alex Sinitskii earns National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Pat Dussault earns National Science Foundation grant to support new paradigm for ether creation

Mathias Schubert awarded Honorary Doctorate of Technology from Linköping University, Sweden

Yusong Li promoted to Associate Professor

Derek Sekora, Chad Briley and Alyssa Mock receive 2015 poster awards

Ming Han helps develop next-gen temperature sensor

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt's research featured in UNL Today

CNFM members' graphene research and article featured in UNL Today


Philipp Kuehne receives the 2015 Folsom Distinguished Dissertation Award at UNL


Alexander Sinitskii's research with nanoribbons featured in UNL Annual Research Report

Tino Hofmann named Marie Curie Fellow and VINNMER Fellow; receives EU Marie Curie Action and Sweden's VINNOVA Fellowship


Dave Hage receives the 2015 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science


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

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