Department of Physics

UNI Physics Team awarded $105,000 grant from National Science Foundation


Rui He, assistant professor, UNI Department of Physics, 319-273-2274,

Paul Shand, acting head, UNI Department of Physics, 319-273-2930,

Tim Kidd, associate professor, UNI Department of Physics, 319-273-2380,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A team of physics professors from the University of Northern Iowa received a federal grant of $105,000 from the National Science Foundation to perform new experiments on materials at temperatures within 10 degrees Fahrenheit of absolute zero, the lowest temperature that can be achieved. The funding will be used to purchase a new low-temperature system to work alongside current equipment in the laboratory of Rui He, principal investigator and assistant professor of physics at UNI. Other members of the team include Paul Shand and Tim Kidd.

"This equipment will significantly enhance and broaden our research capability. It will provide our undergraduate students with hands-on experience in low-temperature optical experiments and with world-class opportunities in scientific research," said He.

With the recent grant, UNI physics faculty have secured more than $740,000 in competitive grants from the National Science Foundation since 2009. This funding has helped support five to 10 undergraduate students per year to perform research in areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology, and has resulted in the publication of seven scientific papers involving students as co-authors.

For more information, contact He at 319-273-2274 or