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 four leading electronics companies, IBM, Micron Technology, Texas Instruments, and Intel, 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:
Argonne National Lab: MBE growth UHV nanoprobe structure XMCD/XMLD;
Los Alamos National Lab: Polarized neutron scattering;
: Neutron scattering fabrication of graphene devices SEMPA;
North Carolina A&T State University: Studying nanomagnetic materials;
Oak Ridge National Lab
: SPM of thin films Neutron scattering Super computing HRTEM of organic heterojunctions;
Univ. of Minnesota and Louisiana State Univ.: Studying novel half-metallic compounds.

International Collaborations

Major international collaborations exist with the Universities of Strasbourg, Rouen, and Bordeaux, France; Shanhai Normal University; National University of Singapore; Max Planck Institute Halle and Stuttgart, Germany; Russian Academy of Sciences and Moscow State University; Indian Institute of Technology - Mandi, India; Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Spain; and Research Center - Jülich, Germany.