NCESR selects new funding projects for Cycle 17

Six new research projects selected for funding by the Energy Center in its seventeenth annual grant competition started on January 1, 2023. The overall goal of NCESR is to foster research and education in energy sciences by providing funding to support innovative research and collaboration among UNL faculty and with other public- and private-sector organizations and businesses. Cycle 17 awards are listed by project title, principal investigator, and department or college:

  • Co-application of biochar and biosolids for carbon sequestration and sustainable soil management in urban-agricultural landscapesDr. Michael Kaiser, Assistant Professor for Applied Soil Chemistry, Agronomy & Horticulture.
  • Additive Manufacturing of Advanced Magnets for Power Systems ((AM)²PS)Dr. Jeff Shield, Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering.
  • Photocatalytic Corrosive Nanostructured Electrode to Split WaterDr. Ravi Saraf, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
  • Smart Grid cybersecurity enhancement using smart authentication and intelligent threat detectionDr. Byrav Ramamurthy, Professor, School of Computing, College of Engineering.
  • Biohydrogen systems for electricity and transportationDr. Paul Blum, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Reducing energy to produce corn ethanol by optimizing fermenter operation and off gases treatmentDr. Bruce Dvorak, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering.

To learn more go to 2023/2024 Energy Research Grants (Cycle 17)