Competetive seed grants grow energy ideas

Competetive seed grants grow energy ideas

The Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR), chartered in 2006, supports innovative research and interdisciplinary collaboration by funding competitive “seed grants” for energy sciences research. About Us describes the mission, goal, vision, center organization and administration, including the Director, Associate Director, Executive Council and the External Advisory Committee. Contact Us gives the office address plus contact information for the Center’s staff. Use the Whittier Research Center Map or UNL’s Campus Maps to locate the NCESR office in Suite 230 of the Whittier Research Center, 2200 Vine Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.


First Summer Undergraduate Internships Selected in 2014

Four undergraduate students were selected as the first recipients of the Darrell J. Nelson Summer Undergraduate Internship in Energy Sciences Research for the summer of 2014.  The four recipients and their supervising faculty member are:   Joseph Beeson sponsored by Professor Li Tan, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering;   Mitchell Schmidt sponsored by Professor Stephen Ducharme, Department of Physics and Astronomy;   Boqiang Tu sponsored by Professor Concetta DiRusso, Department of Biochemistry; and Carina Winters sponsored by Professor Yasar Demirel, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.    The internship is named after Mr. Darrell J. Nelson, who served 41 years on the Custer County Public Power District and Nebraska Public Power (NPPD) Boards.  In 2005, Mr. Nelson proposed a partnership between NPPD and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for the purpose of engaging in energy sciences research.  The following year, the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research (NCESR) was created with NPPD’s support.  At the end of the paid internship, each student will prepare a summary report that describes their experience and prepare a poster to describe the accomplishments or results of their work experience in energy sciences research.   

Video showcases five energy research projects

The Nebraska Public Power District recently produced a video showcasing five energy research projects funded through the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research.  The
University of Nebraska-Lincoln  professors leading these projects are Galen Erickson, Animal Science; Concetta DiRusso, Biochemistry;  Joe Luck, Biological Systems Engineering; James Specht, Agronomy and Horticulture;  and Alexander Sinitskii, Chemistry.  To view the video, go to Video Showcases Five Energy Research Projects  Click on Research Grant Awards to see more information about all research projects.

Energy Center grant leads to new materials that could help with carbon storage

With funding from the Energy Center, Xiao Cheng Zeng and his research team discovered a new material that could have significant implications from carbon storage to planetary science and solid lubrication.  Tom Simons, University Communications shares more about these developments in the UNL Today article, “New material could help with carbon storage”. Full Story

NCESR-funded seed grant leads to development in graphene research

With funding from the Energy Center, Alexander Sinitskii and his research team are developing answers to questions about harnessing the conductivity of graphene.  Tom Simons, University Communications shares more about these developments in the UNL Today article, “Team develops chemical solution for graphene challenges.”  Full Story