Pint Lab, Summer 2017: from left to right – Keith Share, Nitin Muralidharan, Jennifer Donohue, Cary Pint, Dominic Jiang, Kate Moyer, Jeremiah Afolabi, Mengya Li, Adam Cohn, and Tommy Metke. Not shown are Anna Douglas and Jackson Meng.
Welcome to the Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory at Vanderbilt University. We are a team of creative, passionate, and hard-working researchers with a focus on topics ranging across nanomaterials, energy storage, energy harvesting, sustainability, and water purification/desalination. Read more about recent exciting news from our lab below, more about our research at our research page, and check out our most recent publications and patents on our publications page. If you want to know more about us, learn how to join us, or just stop by to have an espresso and talk energy systems, feel free to contact Cary Pint at cary.l.pint at Vanderbilt.edu!
RECENT EVENTS AND NEWS FROM OUR GROUP
July 21, 2017: Pint lab work on a 2-D black phosphorus strain energy harvester using working concepts from battery systems was highlighted in the news today! This is based on a paper published in ACS Energy Letters today, and led by graduate students Nitin Muralidharan and Mengya Li. Check out our youtube video here! Shown at left is Tommy Metke, a 5th year researcher in the Pint lab and rising senior mechanical engineering undergraduate student at Vanderbilt. This is a critical step for our team to bridge biomechanical systems, novel electrochemical device technologies, and the fundamental understanding enabling innovation at this intersection. Go Pint Lab!
July 13, 2017: SkyNano, a spin-off company led by graduate student Anna Douglas and Prof. Pint, was named as one the top 500 deep tech start-ups in the world by Hello Tomorrow, a global non-profit. Anna will travel to Paris, France in October for their global summit to pitch SkyNano’s technology and compete for a globally competitive deep tech award.
June 27, 2017: Congratulations to Anna Douglas and SkyNano! After being runner-up at the Cleantech Regional Competition (MegaWatt Venture Challenge) in early June, Anna proceeded on to the National Cleantech University Prize competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and held in Austin, TX June 26-27th. Of the teams hailing from 8 regional competitions (contenders shown in picture), SkyNano was selected among the top six final teams that competed for the top award on the 27th. This is a huge honor – way to go Anna Douglas, who is a Ph.D. student in the Pint lab and the CEO of SkyNano LLC. Within 6 months of launching the company, it has already been distinguished as one of the top six in the nation. Imagine where SkyNano will be in 2018! Go SkyNano! Go Anna!
June 19, 2017: Congratulations to Andrew Westover. He was awarded the 1st place Best Student Poster award at the 2017 ECS Meeting for his poster entitled, “Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Structural Composite Supercapacitors.” This is a giant honor since the ECS meeting is a home society for electrochemical sciences and devices, and there were very many excellent student posters presented! Way to go Andrew! Shown is Andrew presenting his award winning poster at ECS.
June 9, 2017: Congratulations to SkyNano LLC and Mrs. Anna Douglas! After being selected as one of 10 finalists to pitch and compete in the MegaWatt Ventures Cleantech Business Competition in Orlando, FL, SkyNano was named runner-up for the award. Way to go Anna Douglas for this huge achievement. Shown in the picture are the finalists, including Mrs. Anna Douglas (2nd from left) in Orlando, FL after the smoke cleared from the competition. This win qualifies Anna and SkyNano to advance to the overall National University Cleantech Venture competition to be held in Austin, TX on June 26-27th. Go SkyNano!
May 31, 2017: Prof. Pint attended the 2017 ECS Meeting held in New Orleans, LA, and in three days of the conference gave 3 talks (2 contributed, and one invited), and chaired two sessions. Pint presented work focused on (1) Mechanochemistry of batteries, (2) Anode free sodium batteries, and (3) CO2 conversion into small diameter CNTs, and these were all well accepted! Shown here is a picture after lunch on Wednesday with (L-R) Prof. Rong Xiang (University of Tokyo), Prof. Pint, Dr. Andrew Westover and his wife Jamie (Oak Ridge National Lab, and formerly Pint lab), Prof. Yan Li (Peking University), and Prof. Shigeo Maruyama (University of Tokyo). Looking forward to the next ECS Meeting!
May 26, 2017: The Pint Lab relocation has now begun! After several months of (patient?) waiting, renovations have begun on our new flagship space in the Engineering and Science Building – the new hub of Innovation at Vanderbilt University. This building has a new cleanroom downstairs, all of VINSE’s equipment within an elevator ride, and our lab is situated next door to the Wond’ry – a multidisciplinary innovation center. These amazing facilities, and this early picture, will go down in history as the “seed of greatness.” We’re excited!
May 18, 2017: Congratulations to Anna Douglas, graduate student in Pint Lab and CEO of spinoff company from Pint group, SkyNano LLC. SkyNano was awarded a prestigious slot in the 2017 ORNL Innovation Crossroads Fellow cohort to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into high valued single-walled carbon nanotubes. This provides $350,000 of start-up funds and salary/funding support for Anna from the Department of Energy as she continues her graduate research at ORNL and simultaneously develops this company. Read about this extraordinary opportunity in Vanderbilt News.
May 16, 2017: Prof. Cary Pint and Anna Douglas traveled to capitol hill in Washington DC to personally visit the congressional offices of TN Senator Alexander, and TN Representatives Cooper, Cohen, Blackburn, Fleischmann, and Kustoff to discuss the importance of federal funding agencies, and specifically NSF, to the education and research mission of our country. To cap off the evening, we presented a poster alongside 35 NSF-funded researchers at the NSF Advocacy day event.
May 12, 2017: Prof. Cary Pint graduated his first three students from the Pint Lab: Dr. Andrew Westover, Dr. Rachel Carter (shown in picture), and Dr. Landon Oakes. Both Rachel and Andrew attended the hooding ceremony. These three folks emerged from our team as superstars – they all got the first jobs they applied for, and left big shoes to fill for the new cohort of Pint lab students joining this fall. Congratulations to Dr. Westover, Dr. Carter, and Dr. Oakes – we will miss you, and you will always have an extended family in the Pint lab! (photo credit: May Ou)
April 21-25, 2017: Prof Pint delivered an invited talk at the 2017 Guadalupe workshop on Nucleation and Growth Mechanisms of Atomically Thin Nanomaterials – similar to a Gordon workshop, but held at the Guadalupe river ranch in TX. Pint’s talk focused on efforts aiming to achieve small diameter CNT growth from ambient CO2. Shown in the picture is a historic team of researchers (including Prof. Pint, right) that made huge leaps in understanding of carbon nanotube growth science.
February 2017 Congratulations to Rachel Carter for her work published in Nano Letters entitled, “A Sugar Derived Room Temperature Sodium Sulfur Battery with Long Term Cycling Stability” and corresponding press release that was independently picked up through IOP’s Nanotechweb.org. Notably, this paper was also one of the Most Read papers in Nano Letters during the month of February and early March, and describes a process to produce sodium sulfur batteries from (very cheap!) table sugar, bulk sodium, and bulk sulfur that involve a stable anode-electrolyte-cathode configuration that results in excellent cycling performance. Go Rachel!