Collaborations with Industry and Other Sectors
Collaborations with Industry and Other Sectors

Collaborations with Industry and Other Sectors

Nebraska MRSEC provides a mix of basic and applied research with the latter having significant potential for technology transfer and commercialization. We have established active collaborations and/or have joint research projects with U.S. industrial companies. Examples of industrial collaborations include:

Information Storage Industry Consortium: Advancing data-storage technologies;
Western Digital: Magnetic data storage devices;
J. A. Woollam Co.: Magneto- and electro-optic broad band spectroscopies;
IBM-Almaden: Studying new magnetoresistive phenomena in magnetic tunnel junctions;
Seagate Technology
: Predicting transport properties of advanced magnetic field sensors; studying novel materials, principles and nanostructures for magnetic recording.

To facilitate new partnerships, in 2012, a MRSEC/Industry Workshop “Nanomagnetics and Applications” was organized, focusing on ongoing and developing research collaborations between industrial and university scientists. The Workshop was extremely successful providing a stimulating forum for recent research and technological developments, fostering interactions of MRSEC researchers with industry, and helping to leverage grant support for MRSEC.

Since 2007 Nebraska MRSEC has been supported by Supplemental Grants funded jointly by National Science Foundation and the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI) of the Semiconductor Research Consortium. The NRI includes five leading electronics companies, IBMMicron TechnologyTexas InstrumentsIntel, and GlobalFoundries, promoting basic research to develop concepts for the nanoelectronics of the future.


The hallmark of our partnership with SRC and our industrial outreach in general was establishment of a multi-university Center for NanoFerroic Devices (CNFD) in 2013 through funds provided by NRI and NIST. This new Center is headquartered at UNL and is charged with developing non-conventional, low-energy technologies that outperform current technologies on critical applications in 10 years and beyond.

Nebraska MRSEC has numerous partners at National Laboratories and U.S. universities. Examples of the on-going collaborative projects include:
Laboratory: New materials for permanent magnet applications;
Argonne National Lab: Materials characterization;
North Carolina A&T State UniversityStudying nanomagnetic materials;
Oak Ridge National Lab
: Nanophase materials sciences;
Pacific Northwest National Lab: Structural analysis of nanoclusters;
University of Texas-Pan American: Studying nanomagnetic composite materials;
Univ. of Minnesota and Louisiana State Univ.: Studying novel half-metallic compounds.

International Collaborations

Major international collaborations exist with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and CNRS-Strasbourg, France; Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang; University of Leipzig and Max Planck Institute Stuttgart, Germany; Ukranian Academy of Sciences, Kiev; Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod; Indian Institute of Technology - Mandi, India; and Research Center - Jülich, Germany.