Dr. Alexander Sinitskii has been promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure in the UNL Department of Chemistry. (April 2016)

CNFM was highlighted on the Nebraska EPSCoR  website.  "Team Science Takes A Closer Look: CNFM Develops New Optical Microscopy Technique", explains the shaping of a new concept for optical microscopy. The CNFM team generated optical anisotropy contrast microscopes (OACM), a new class of instrumentation combining anisotropy contrast modulation with ellipsometric imaging principles.  "It’s a new paradigm in imaging,” said Dr. Mathias Schubert, CNFM co-leader and UNL professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “Up to 16 independent images of an object can be obtained with substantially enhanced contrast for extremely small samples.”  Read more...  (March 23, 2016)

Instead of a pan and a pick ax, prospectors of the future might seek gold with a hand-held biosensor that uses a component of DNA to detect traces of the element in water. The gold sensor is the latest in a series of metal-detecting biosensors under development by Dr. Rebecca Lai, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Other sensors at various stages of development detect mercury, silver or platinum. Similar technology could be used to find cadmium, lead, arsenic, or other metals and metalloids. A primary purpose for the sensors would be to detect water contaminants, Lai said. Fabricated on paper strips about the size of a litmus strip, Lai’s sensors are designed to be inexpensive, portable and reusable.  Read more in UNL Today...  (Feb. 17, 2016)

UNL Chemistry Professor Dr. David Hage accepted the 2015 Award for Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science at the Eastern Analytical Symposium in Somerset, NJ. The award honored Hage’s efforts to advance techniques that include high-performance affinity chromatography, which uses biological agents such as antibodies and proteins to analyze and separate chemical compounds. His work has helped isolate drugs, hormones and other compounds from complex samples at extremely fast rates. This has allowed Hage’s research group to characterize the behavior of pharmaceutical drugs in individual patients, including the extent to which drugs bind with proteins in those contending with diabetes and other diseases. That research group includes Xiwei “Emmi” Zheng, who earned her doctorate under Hage's guidance earlier this year and has since worked as a postdoctoral fellow in his lab. Zheng received the 2015 Young Investigator Award from the peer-reviewed journal Bioanalysis at the European Bioanalytical Forum’s annual symposium in Barcelona, Spain. Read more... (Nov. 18, 2015)
Sean Knight (pictured on the left), a member of Dr. Tino Hofmann's UNL research group, was a co-winner of the Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Focus Topic Student Award for his presentation "Cavity-enhanced Optical Hall Effect in AlInN/GaN based HEMT Structures Detected at THz frequencies" at the 62nd American Vacuum Society International Symposium and Exhibition in San Jose California, Oct. 18-23, 2015. Also attending and making presentations were Alyssa Mock and Chad Briley, members of Dr. Eva Schubert's research group.  (October 2015)

Doane College Associate Professor Dr. Andrea Holmes, Co-PI of CNFM and member of the CNFM executive committee, was recently named as one of seven recipients of the 2015 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. The award provides an unrestricted research grant to faculty at primarily undergraduate institutions who are accomplished researchers and committed educators.  Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars nominations are submitted by undergraduate institutions from throughout the United States. "Research support at undergraduate institutions is very important," states Dr. Mark J. Cardillo, Executive Director of The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.  "Nearly half the chemists who earn a doctorate degree receive their bachelor's degree from an undergraduate institution, and research is a fundamental part of chemistry education."

Holmes and her research team have developed reliable detection assays that detect discrete color changes arising from the reaction of small molecules such as drugs and abused narcotics with select organic compounds, now referred to as DETECHIP® sensors. Most recently, the technology was automated and miniaturized by using an in-house designed computer program to generate a unique code that identifies the analyte based on overall color changes. For the miniaturized assay, inkjet printing was used to link the sensors non-covalently onto or into solid polymeric matrices. Analytes were identified by using image software that analyzes RGB (red, green, blue) content.  However, in order to make this technology available for broader use, such as for first responders like police or military who are not scientists, it was envisioned that DETECHIP® could be analyzed in the field using cameras in smartphones. Now, for the first time, smartphone analysis (Android and iPhone) techniques have been developed and tested in analyzing DETECHIP®

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation is a leading non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of the chemical sciences.  It was established in 1946 by chemist, inventor, and businessman Camille Dreyfus, who directed that the foundation's purpose be "to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances around the world." For more information about the program and The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, see (August, 2015)

Dr. Angela Pannier, associate professor in the UNL Department of Biological Systems Engineering, will speak during the SCIENCE 2034 Live Congressional briefings on June 24, 2015. Pannier will join a group of panelists to discuss the future of science and research during events before audiences from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Pannier’s research on the potential for safer, faster and easier vaccines will be one topic covered during the briefing. Funding for vaccine research is critical because she believes that the pace of current vaccine development will not be able to keep up with multiplying infectious disease threats.   Read more...

Dr. Chris Exstrom, professor in the UNK Department of Chemistry and Director, Science/Math Education M.S.Ed. Program at UNK, has an article published on the SCIENCE 2034 website. "Nano-inks for Solar Power, Medical Sensors, and More" describes possible future ways in which people will benefit from nanoscale inks by 2034. The article cites the work that has been done over the past decade by chemists and engineers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln toward creating better photovoltaic energy cells and sensors which increase the potential of nano-inks for energy and human health.  Read more... (June 23, 2015)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln chemists Dr. Xiao Cheng Zeng and Dr. Alexander Sinitskii have demonstrated that a compound called titanium trisulfide could surge toward the fore of two-dimensional materials that are gaining popularity among designers of microelectronics. Featured in the photo at right are UNL chemists involved in the studies:  Jun Dai, postdoctoral researcher; Xiao Cheng Zeng, Ameritas University Professor of chemistry; Alexander Sinitskii, assistant professor of chemistry and CNFM faculty; and Alexey Lipatov, postdoctoral researcher. Read more in UNL Today... (June 22, 2015)

Drs. Yusong Li and Mathias Schubert, together with Dr. Huilian Ma, University of Utah, have earned a National Science Foundation grant for collaborative research on the retention of anisotropic colloids in porous media through a multiple scale modeling and experimental approach. The team aims to improve the ability to predict the transport of anisotropic colloids in groundwater through the exploitation of sensing and separation principles based on nanohybrid functional materials developed in CNFM. (June 2015)

Dr. Alexander Sinitskii, assistant professor of chemistry, has earned a five-year Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award  from the National Science Foundation to investigate graphene’s properties. Sinitskii is capitalizing on a technique he developed to create atomically precise graphene nanoribbons, ultra-narrow bands of one-atom thick sheets of carbon. He and his team build the ribbons from the bottom up, using organic chemistry techniques to couple smaller molecules together.  Read more... (June 2015)

Dr. Patrick Dussault has earned a three-year National Science Foundation grant to explore new methods for synthesizing the class of chemical compounds known as ethers. Dussault aims to update the ether cookbook by expanding the slim chapter on organic peroxides, a family of molecules that appears to reverse how the standard ingredients interact to produce the compounds. Dussault will also use the NSF funding to create a website for researchers interested in working with or learning more about peroxides.  Read more...  (May 2015)

Dr. Mathias Schubert has been awarded the title of Honorary Doctor of Technology from Linköping University, Sweden.  Since 2000 his collaboration with researchers from Linköping University has resulted in theses, scientific papers and patents, as well as student and researcher exchanges. Professor Schubert also played a key role in the foundation of laboratories for spectroscopic ellipsometry at Linköping University. Read more...  (May 23, 2015)

Dr. Yusong Li has been promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure in the UNL Department of Civil Engineering. (April 2015)

CNFM graduate students won several poster awards in the 2014-15 UNL Electrical and Computer Engineering Department poster competition. Congratulations to: Derek Sekora, 1st place, "Electrical Reduction of Methylene Blue Immobilized on Highly Ordered 3-dimensional Nanostructured Surfaces Studies by In-situ EC and Generalized Ellipsometry"; Chad Briley, 2nd place, "Anisotropic Plasmon Resonances in Nanostructured Thin Films: An Optical Model Approach"; and Alyssa Mock, 3rd place, "Enhanced Temperature Stability of Slanted Columnar Thin Films by ALD Overcoating". Alyssa’s poster was also  selected for one of the four awarded College of Engineering Commendation Awards from among the 50 entries submitted. (April 2015)

An article in UNL Today features CNFM faculty Dr. Ming Han for his work as co-designer of a next-generation temperature sensor set to improve the measurement of oceanic dynamics that shape marine biology, climate patterns and military operations. UNL engineers and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have designed the fiber-optic sensor that can register significantly smaller temperature changes at roughly 30 times the speed of existing commercial counterparts.  In the photo, Ming Han (left) is shown with postdoctoral researcher Guigen Liu.  Read more...  (April 2, 2015)

CNFM faculty Dr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt is featured in the UNL Today article, "Researchers show environment can neutralize lethal proteins".  Researchers from UNL, Creighton University and Colorado State University found that watering and drying soil as few as 10 times can reduce the presence of prions and curb their ability to infect normal proteins in brain tissue.  “We know environmental prions remain infectious, but there is little information about how natural processes influence soil-bound prions,” said co-author Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, associate professor of civil engineering at UNL. "We were interested specifically in the behavior of the protein attached to surface soils, so we wanted to evaluate a process that routinely occurs in the environment.”  Read more... (February 20, 2015)

CNFM faculty members Dr. Alex Sinitskii, Dr. Eva Franke Schubert, Dr. Tino Hofmann, and graduate student Peter Wilson are featured in the UNL Today article, “Study shows graphene can protect nanotechnology from heat”. Along with others from UNL, they co-authored a new study showing that coats of graphene — a honeycombed sheet of carbon only one atom thick — can protect delicate nanostructures against temperatures that would otherwise melt them. Their results suggest that graphene could be employed to protect many other metallic — and possibly even nonmetallic — materials that might be used in nanotechnology. Read more... (February 16, 2015)

Dr. Philipp Kuehne, CNFM PhD graduate in May, 2014, was selected to receive the 2015 Folsom Distinguished Dissertation Award. The Folsom Distinguished Dissertation Award is the highest distinction given by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln among its annual class of graduating PhD candidates, based on internal and external reviews of their theses considering quality, clarity, scholarship, methodology, and contribution to the field. Three awards were selected for 2015. (January 2015)

Dr. Alexander Sinitskii is featured in the 2013-2014 Annual Report of the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development article "Fabricating Graphene Nanoribbons". He and his research team have developed a method to create a narrow band of graphene, or nanoribbon, that can effectively channel electrons and allow devices to control their flow. Sinitskii and his team build the high quality ribbons from the bottom up, using organic chemistry techniques to couple smaller molecules together. The process also allows scientists to fabricate nanoribbons in large quantities. Read the article... (January 2015)

Dr. Tino Hofmann was named a Marie Curie Fellow and a VINNMER Fellow. The Fellowship is supported by the EU Marie Curie Action and Sweden's innovation agency, VINNOVA, with a generous grant to progress collaboration between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Linköping, Sweden, and private enterprises in the US and Sweden. The goal of this collaboration between world-leading experts in epitaxial graphene growth in Sweden with experts in the Center of Nanohybrid Functional Materials at UNL is to design, manufacture, and characterize graphene-metal nanostructure hybrid materials for novel terahertz frequency devices. (December 2014)

Dr. David Hage will receive the 2015 Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in Separation Science. The award recognizes his leadership at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry and clinical chemistry creating and developing many new separation methods for bioanalysis that have important applications in the life sciences. The award ceremony will be held at the 2015 Eastern Analytical Symposium at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey, November 16-18, 2015 in conjunction with a symposium held in Hage's honor. (December 2014)

Dr. David Hage

Dr. Alexander Sinitskii and a team of UNL scientists are featured in the article, "Researchers engineer improvements of technology used in digital memory" in UNL Today.  The team, which published its findings in the Nov. 24 edition of the journal Nature Communications, engineered and tested improvements in the performance of a memory structure known as a ferroelectric tunnel junction. From left in the photo are Alexei Gruverman, Alexander Sinitskii and Evgeny Tsymbal. Read more...  (November 24, 2014)

Chad Briley, a member of Dr. Mathias Schubert's research group, was awarded the 2014 Ellipsometry Focus Topic Award at the AVS 61th International Symposium & Exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland. Chad's talk on "Vector Magneto-Optical Generalized Ellipsometry on Sculptured Thin Films with Forward Calculated Uniaxial Response Simulation" was selected as the winning contribution from three graduate student nominees. The Ellipsometry Focus Topic Award at the AVS 61th international symposium was sponsored by the J.A.Woollam Co., Inc., of Lincoln, Nebraska.   (November 14, 2014)

Congratulations to Derek Sekora for winning the "Men's Overall" of the 34th Annual AVS Run. The AVS Run is the oldest professional society run on our planet and was held during the AVS 61st International Symposium & Exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland.  (November 12, 2014)

Dr. Raychelle Burks gave a plenary lecture and Jordyn Atwater was an invited student speaker at UNL's WoPhyS14 Conference Nov. 6-8, 2014. Both are members of Dr. Andrea Holmes' research group at Doane College.  From the left in the photo are Jordyn Atwater, Dr. Raychelle Burks,  and Dr. Andrea Holmes.

Dr. David Hage's work investigating factors affecting the potency of diabetes medications is featured in UNL Today. Hage, professor in the UNL Chemistry Department, is constructing intersections at which to analyze how the bonding of protein and glucose, or glycation, alters the effectiveness of diabetes medications. Hage and his colleagues are exploring applications of a technique known as high-performance affinity chromatography. Read more... (November 3, 2014)

CNFM in collaboration with NSF MRSEC QSPIN proudly announces the Sixth Annual Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences WoPhyS14 Thursday, Nov. 6 - Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. This conference highlights progress in the quest for new materials and nanoscience, and invites research active undergraduate students in physics, chemistry, engineering, astronomy or related STEM disciplines. CNFM will feature guided facilities tours and presentation by graduate and undergraduate students of their research. (October 2014)

Dr. Rebecca Lai and Dr. Raychelle Burks present Sci Pop Talks! Where Science Intersects Pop Culture. A weekly series of talks open to the public featuring the intersection of science and pop culture, on October 29, 7:00pm in Love Library Talk Zone (Twitter: #SciPopTalks), Rebecca and Raychelle will unveil the struggles of relentless chemistries in survival between Vampires and Zombies. SciPOP talks are co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln University Libraries and Chemistry Department, and Doane College. (October 2014)

CNFM faculty Dr. Eva Franke-Schubert, Dr. Angela Pannier, Dr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt and Dr. Ming Han were named Engineering Leadership Fellows in the College of Engineering. The four-year term of endowed fellowships supports projects oriented toward broadening participation in faculty leadership development. Recipients are selected by the Dean of the College of Engineering and projects are conducted with support from the College leadership team and department chairs. (September 2014)

Dr. Mathias Schubert, CNFM Co-director, was named a Fellow of the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany. As a Fellow of the Institute, Schubert serves as an adjunct faculty member of the research institution, co-supervising graduate students and performing collaborative research activities. The Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V. (Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden) is one of the largest polymer research institutions in Germany, and is engaged in application-oriented fundamental research. The institute is a member of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (Leibniz Association). (June 2014)

Donna Kunkel has won the Nottingham Prize at the 74th Physical Electronics Conference for a project that is currently funded through an exploratory grant from CNFM. She reported on her research on organic co-crystals. Donna is a graduate student working with Dr. Axel Enders. The Nottingham Prize is the most prestigious award for graduate students in the field of surface sciences, and Donna is the first UNL student to be awarded the prize. (June, 2014)

Dr. Angela Pannier's NSF CAREER Award gene delivery tool research is featured as Today’s Video – front and center – on the NSF’s Science 360 News Service. (June 20, 2014)

Erika Pfaunmiller has been selected by the journal Bioanalysis as one of 15 nominees for their 2014 Young Investigator Award. (June 2014) Read more....

Dr. Ming Han has been promoted to Associate Professor in the UNL Electrical and Computer  Engineering Department. (April 2014)

Congratulations to the following for receiving 2014 Milton E. Mohr Graduate Fellowships: Anita Zaitouna and Ryan Matsuda from the UNL Chemistry Department, and Alyssa Koch from the UNL  Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Congratulations also to Mitchell Milunak from the UNL Chemistry Department for receiving a Milton E. Mohr Undergraduate Scholarship. (April 2014)

Derek Sekora's poster, entitled “In-Situ Generalized Ellipsometry Characterization of Nanostructured Silicon during Lithium-ion Intercalation”, won 2nd place with a $300 cash prize from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the 2014 EE graduate poster competition held during the UNL Graduate Research Fair. Ryan Davis and Dan Liang both won an “Honorable Mention” and received a $50 cash prize each. (April 2014)

Philipp Kuehne is the recipient of the 2014 UNL College of Engineering Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. He received the award in recognition for his PhD thesis entitled “THE OPTICAL HALL EFFECT IN THREE- AND TWO-DIMENSIONAL MATERIALS” submitted to the College of Engineering in April 2014. The award was announced and honored at the annual college-wide Graduate Student Recognition Event during E-Week Open House on April 25, 2014. The winner of the award also receives a $500 cash prize from the College of Engineering.

Dr. Alexander Sinitskii, assistant professor in the UNL Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award. The honor is presented each year to recognize an outstanding junior faculty member who has demonstrated creative research, extraordinary teaching abilities and academic promise. In only two and a half years, Sinitskii’s research accomplishments have established him as a rising star at the interface of materials science, inorganic chemistry and nanoscience. (March 2014) Read more...

Dr. Rebecca Lai, associate professor in the UNL Department of Chemistry, has been named the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor of Chemistry. The Rosowski professorship recognizes faculty at the associate professor level who have achieved distinguished records of scholarship or creative activity and who show exceptional promise for future excellence. Lai has developed a well-deserved national reputation in the area of biosensors and bioanalytical chemistry.  In addition, she is an effective classroom teacher, combining a passion for education with a sense of humor. (March 2014)  Read more...

CNFM Co-director Dr. Patrick Dussault, professor in the UNL Department of Chemistry, was recognized with a College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award. The Dussault lab is a world leader in the synthesis and chemistry of organic peroxides. (March 2014) Read more...

Dr. Alexander Sinitskii, assistant professor in the UNL Department of Chemistry, has led his team of scientists in developing a chemical approach to mass producing graphene nanoribbons, a process that may provide an avenue to harnessing graphene's conductivity. (Feb. 2014) Read more...

Philipp Kühne and Alex Boosalis were awarded the 2013 Ellipsometry Focus Topic Award at the AVS 60th international symposium. The awardees were chosen by the Focus Topic Programm Committee for the best contributed papers given by a graduate student or young post-doc researcher. Philipp was awarded for his talk on "Optical Hall Effect - Detection of Symmetric and Anti-Symmetric Landau-Level Transitions in Multilayer Epitaxial Graphene on C-face SiC". Alex gave a presentation about "A Physical Model Dielectric Function for Graphene from the THz to the UV". The Ellipsometry Focus Topic Award at the AVS 60th international symposium is sponsored by the J.A.Woollam Co., Inc. of Lincoln, Nebraska. (October 2013)

Dr. Raychelle Burks, postdoctoral researcher in the Doane College Chemistry Department, created the idea of having the Do-It-Yourself ScienceZone at the GeekGirlCon held Oct. 19-20, 2013 in Seattle. She raised funds to bring scientists from all over the country to work in the ScienceZone so attendees could get to know 'real' scientists while having fun  learning about science. Read more...

Dr. Rebecca Lai, associate professor in the UNL Department of Chemistry, will present "Chemistry - Harry Potter Style" at "Sunday with a Scientist" at Morrill Hall, UNL, on Sunday, June 16, 2013, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Visitors will be introduced to some of the wizardly wonders that exist in the real world.

Dr. Angela Pannier, associate professor of biological systems engineering, earned a five-year Faculty Early Career Development Program Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation to continue her research in using nanotechnology to develop a gene delivery tool that could unleash the power of gene therapy. (May 2013) Read more...

Dr. Angela Pannier has been granted tenure and been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at UNL. (March 2013)

Dr. Eva Franke Schubert has been granted tenure and been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNL. (March 2013)

"Shining a New Light with Nano Sensing Methods" is a new highlight on the Nebraska EPSCoR's website. The article features the bold vision of Mathias Schubert and CNFM in creating new biosensors.

The same article is also featured in the National Science Foundation's November 28, 2012 Science 360 e-news weekly bulletin.

The article "Sensing Change" is featured in the November 2012 issue of International Innovation magazine published by Research Media Ltd in Bristol UK. In the article, Dr. Mathias Schubert explains his study of indium gallium nitride semiconductor systems. The accompanying article "Lightbulb Moment" describes the work of CNFM scientists. International Innovation is the leading global dissemination resource for the wider scientific, technology and research communities, dedicated to disseminating the latest science, research and technological innovations on a global level. More information and a complimentary subscription offer to the publication can be found at:

Over 30 posters were presented by CNFM students and investigators at the August 15-16, 2012, EPSCoR External Review Panel Meeting held in Lincoln NE. See photo at right of Dr. Andrea Holmes' CNFM Research Group from Doane College, Crete NE.

A handheld tool is under development to diagnose traumatic brain injuries on the spot using technology developed by UNL chemist and CNFM Professor David Hage. Such a device could yield critical and in some cases life-saving information to guide triage decisions from the battlefield to the football field. SFC Fluidics, a Fayetteville, Ark.-based biotechnology company, recently entered into a license agreement with UNL's nonprofit affiliate, NUtech Ventures, to use technology developed by Dr. Hage. (July 2012) Read more...

Dr. Rebecca Lai will present "DNA: The Molecule of Life" at 'Sunday with a Scientist' at UNL's Morrill Hall, Nebraska's State Museum, from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2012. The presentation will help visitors better understand the history, structure, and importance of DNA through visuals and hands-on activities.

CNFM welcomes Research Electrical Engineer Dr. Rafal Korlacki as the new Core Facility Director. Rafal was previously a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UNL. His Ph.D. is in Physics from the Department of Biophysics and Molecular Physics at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. Rafal is a skilled researcher in optics, spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry, with applications ranging from materials, to lasers, to electrochemistry. When he’s not building microscopes, Rafal can be found playing Legos (either with his kids - or alone).

The CNFM core facility, located on the second floor of Scott Engineering Center, includes a variety of research instrumentation for surface preparation and characterization: some particular strengths include instrumentation for atomic layer deposition and ellipsometry. The facility also includes wet lab facilities for surface film preparation. Rafal can be contacted at . (April 2012)

CNFM graduate student Keith "Brian" Rodenhausen received a Mohr Fellowship for 2012-13. The Milton E. Mohr Scholarship and Fellowship Awards Program was established in 1989 for students in the College of Engineering or Biotechnology degree programs. Students are selected on their academic performance and potential for accomplishments in their specific field. (April 2012)

Congratulations to Philipp Kühne and Stefan Schöche for being selected winners in the 2012 EE graduate poster competition, held during the UNL Graduate Research Fair. Stefan received 2nd place for his poster "Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Optical Hall-Effect study of free-charge carriers in InN:Mg - Indications for successful p-type doping" and Philipp received an honorable mention for his poster "The Optical Hall effect". Photos at right show Stefan and Philipp with Dr. Jerry Hudgins, ECE Department Chair, and Cheryl Wemhoff, ECE Graduate Student Coordinator. (April 2012)

CNFM graduate students present posters at the UNL Spring Graduate Research Fair, April 4-5, 2012. See photo at right.

Dr. David Hage has been named James Hewett University Professor of Chemistry. See article. (April 2012)

CNFM Co-director Dr. Mathias Schubert has been granted tenure and been promoted to full professor. (March 2012)

Dr. Rebecca Lai has been granted tenure and been promoted to associate professor. (March 2012)

CNFM Co-director Dr. Mathias Schubert gave invited presentations at the 65th IUVSTA Workshop in Peckforton Castle, Cheshire, UK, and the 7th Workshop Ellipsometry, Leipzig, Germany, on recent developments for chemical, biochemical and biological sensing and separation principles. For more information see IUVSTA and Leipzig. (February 2012)

Dr. Mathias Schubert was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for the development of generalized ellipsometry and the invention of the Optical Hall Effect. (November 2011)

Nov 4, 2011: Stefan Schöche is the winner of the 2011 Applied Surface Science Division Student Award at the 58th AVS meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Keith Brian Rodenhausen and Daniel Schmidt are winners of the 2011 Topical Focus Ellipsometry Session Best Young Scientist Paper Awards, along with Noemi Leick-Marius, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The Ellipsometry student awards are sponsored by the J.A.Woollam Co., Inc. of Lincoln, Nebraska.

The article "Nanohybrids Promise 'BEST OF BOTH WORLDS'" features CNFM in the 2010-11 Annual Report of the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development recently released at the UNL Research Fair on Nov. 2, 2011. CNFM Co-directors Pat Dussault and Matthias Schubert are interviewed in the article.

CNFM PIs Dr. Tino Hofmann and Dr. Mathias Schubert received a 3-year award from the U.S. Department of Commerce - National Institute of Technology (NIST) on "Ellipsometric Materials Characterization of Electronic Thin Film Heterostructures". The research will establish a database for selected contemporary semiconductor materials over an extremely wide energy range from the terahertz to the VUV using the unique instrumentation at UNL and at NIST.

Dr. Ming Han, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Navy through the nationwide Chief of Naval Research Challenge. Read more...

Dr. Christopher Exstrom, professor of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Kearney, won the Leland Holdt/Security Mutual Life Faculty Award in December 2010. This award is the most prestigious award at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and recognizes excellence in faculty teaching and research.

Keith "Brian" Rodenhausen, a CNFM graduate assistant with Prof. Mathias Schubert, was the winner of the 2011 Graduate Research Symposium "Outstanding Presentation" award from the UNL College of Engineering for his presentation on "Hybrid in-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry and quartz crystal microbalance to study rigid, organic ultra-thin films."

Dr. Daniel Schmidt,  a CNFM postdoctoral researcher,  was the recipient of the 2011 Paul Drude Medal for his contributions to the field of spectroscopic ellipsometry with a strong focus on anisotropic properties of nanostructured hybrid materials. The Paul Drude Medal is named in honor of Paul Karl Ludwig Drude (1867 - 1906), who invented and first applied ellipsometry. The Paul Drude Medal is presented by the Organizing Committee Chairman at a ceremonial session of the Workshop Ellipsometry (WSE). The Paul Drude Medal is given at each Workshop Ellipsometry to an up-and-coming young scientist for the field of ellipsometric metrology or spectroscopy. Read more...

Dr. Mathias Schubert received an Outstanding Reviewer recognition award from the Elsevier editors of Acta Materialia.

Research Assistant Professor Tino Hofmann has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Review of Scientific Instruments.

Daniel Schmidt,  a CNFM graduate student, received the 2010 Applied Surface Science Division Student Award at the 57th American Vacuum Society (AVS) meeting in Albuquerque, NM.

Stefan Schoeche, a CNFM graduate student, won a Best Research Presentation Award at the UNL Graduate Research Fair with the poster "THz optical Hall-effect and MIR-VUV ellipsometry characterization of 2DEG properties in AlGaN/GaN HEMT structures."