The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) “Quantum and Spin Phenomena in Nanomagnetic Structures” (QSPINS) at the University of Nebraska is one of a nationwide network of MRSEC’s sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF MRSEC’s are centers of excellence that support interdisciplinary materials research and education of the highest quality in our nation.
QSPINS was established in 2002 and renewed in 2008 to carry out collaborative research on new magnetic structures and materials at the nanometer scale, with the aim of developing fundamental understanding of their properties and related phenomena. Nanomagnetic structures have potential applications in areas such as advanced electronics, computing, data storage, energy production, handheld electronic devices, sensors and medical technologies. QSPINS fosters interactions with industrial companies to leverage the expected scientific innovations for potential technological advances.
As an integral part of the Center, QSPINS offers interdisciplinary training for the next generation of materials scientists and engineers by providing regional four-year institutions experience and tools to improve their materials science programs and curricula, offering opportunities for middle- and high-school teachers and their students to learn about materials science, and by addressing pre-college segments of the educational pipeline via targeted outreach activities.
QSPINS’s vision is to be an internationally recognized center of excellence for integrated research and education in nanoferroic materials. To fulfill this vision, QSPINS brings together broad expertise in novel nanofabrication techniques, comprehensive physical and spectroscopic measurements, and advanced theory and modeling; supports active outreach programs and partnerships with industrial, academic, and educational organizations; and provides unique opportunities for education at all levels.
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» Xia Hong is featured on NSF Science 360 about her research in improving nanostructures (April 2014).
» NanoDays 2014 was held at Gateway Shopping Mall on Apr.5!
» Alexei Gruverman is named a fellow of the American Physical Society for pioneering contribution to the development of piezoresponse force microscopy for ferroelectric and piezoelectric heterostructures. (Jan. 2014).
» The book "Ferroelectricity at the Nanoscale: Basics and Applications", edited by Vladimir Fridkin and Stephen Ducharme, was recently published by Springer (Jan. 2014).
» David Sellmyer is named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his distinguished contributions to the physics of magnetic materials and nanostructures and director of NCMN. (Nov. 2013)
» The Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physical Sciences (WoPhyS13) was held on Oct. 24-26, 2013, here at UNL. The theme of this year’s conference was “Nano Trek”.
» UNL will lead a $7M research collaboration involving six universities and an industry consortium to develop a new generation of electronic devices. 6 MRSEC scientists are the core of the team.
» Christian Binek's APS Physics Viewpoint "Controlling Magnetism with a Flip of a Switch" was published in Physics 6, 13 (Feb. 2013).
» Check out our recently installed Pulsed Laser Deposition System.