It’s a counterintuitive finding that has puzzled researchers: Why do bigger atoms sometimes fare better at passing through the smallest of channels? UNL researchers have co-authored a new study that helps reveal the chemistry behind the mystery, offering answers that may inform efforts to purify water and transport pharmaceutical drugs.
With just a slight stretch of the imagination – and some elastic material – UNL researchers led by chemist Stephen Morin have shown how to create microscopic chemical patterns whose flexibility could extend from the physical to the functional.
Members of the UNL community featured in award announcements this week include Frans von der Dunk, Don Adams, Galen Erickson, Samodha Fernando, Merlyn Nielsen, Karen Kunc, Jung Yul Lim and Xiwei Zheng.
A UNL team led by chemist David Berkowitz recently published their findings in the journal Science Advances.
In a series of studies, UNL chemists (left to right) Jun Dai, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Alexander Sinitskii and Alexey Lipatov 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.
Graphene has garnered much attention for its potential to improve electronics, solar cells and other devices. UNL chemist Alexander Sinitskii is using his breakthrough graphene production technique to put the promising nanomaterial to the test.
UNL chemist 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.
They may deal in gold, atomic staples and electron volts rather than cement, support beams and kilowatt-hours, but chemists led by UNL's Xiao Cheng Zeng have drafted new nanoscale blueprints for low-energy structures capable of housing pharmaceuticals and oxygen atoms.
UNL has earned a $9.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support its Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and its nanotechnology research through 2020. A celebration of the award is 2:30 p.m. April 20 in Jorgensen Hall, Room 110.
Chemist Louis Pasteur once remarked that chance favors the prepared mind – a notion epitomized by UNL researchers who recently published fortuitous and potentially groundbreaking findings that could one day lead to a range of medical and biological applications.