VINSE News & Events


On-the-move cancer cells prefer a “comfort cruise,” follow predictable paths of least resistance

New research from a group of Vanderbilt biomedical engineers reveals that while cancer cells move quickly in metastasis, they’re rather lazy in which paths they choose. According to the researchers, migrating cancer cells decide which path in the body to travel based on how much energy it takes, opting to move through wider, easier to…

Posted by on October 23, 2019 in News,

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VINSE Colloquium Series: “Lowering the Environmental Footprint of Agriculture using Efficient and Environmentally Responsive Nano-agrochemicals” Dr. Gregory V. Lowry, Carnegie Mellon University 01/08/2020

January 8, 2020 Gregory V. Lowry Walter J. Blenko, Sr. Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering Carnegie Mellon University “Lowering the Environmental Footprint of Agriculture using Efficient and Environmentally Responsive Nano-agrochemicals” 4:10 PM, 134 Featheringill Hall Refreshments served at 3:45 Abstract Engineered nanomaterials have the potential to revolutionize agrochemical efficacy and vastly improve use efficiency….

Posted by on October 21, 2019 in Events, VINSE Colloquium,


2019 VINSE Fall Faculty Celebration

VINSE Director Sharon Weiss led the annual VINSE Fall Faculty Celebration yesterday afternoon, honoring our faculty’s highest achievements of the year. Sandra Rosenthal received this year’s Distinguished Service Award, for her leadership and dedication to advancing the missions of VINSE.  Sandy served as VINSE Director for 12 years, stepping down in June. During Rosenthal’s tenure…

Posted by on October 15, 2019 in News


VINSE Fall 2019 Newsletter

VINSE is pleased to announce the launch of a new newsletter — You will find the following topics covered in this edition: VINSE pilot funding Acknowledgement text for publications that include work in VINSE facilities Facility tour policy VINSE conference room available for booking New and updated capabilities in core facilities Personnel and committee updates…

Posted by on October 11, 2019 in News


More than 500 students participating in the VINSE High School Field Trip Program

26 Middle Tennessee High Schools representing 17 Middle TN counties have signed up to participate in the VINSE high school field trip program. Groups of up to 20 from each school will to visit our facilities, perform an experiment, utilize our electron microscope, and learn about nanotechnology and energy during a day visit. Participating Schools, Fall, 2019:…

Posted by on October 10, 2019 in News


Kelsey Hatzell wins the ECS Toyota 2019-2020 Fellowship.

Kelsey Hatzell, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is one of five recipients of an Electrochemical Society Toyota 2019-2020 Young Investigator Fellowship awarded this year for projects in green energy technology. The fellowship is a partnership between the ECS and Toyota Research Institute of North America, a division of Toyota Motor North America. Fellows receive $50,000…

Posted by on September 18, 2019 in News


Cellular soldiers designed to kill cancer cells that get loose during surgery, stop metastasis

Cellular soldiers created using the body’s own defenses can track down and kill escaping cancer cells during surgeries, preventing metastasis and saving lives, a Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer has discovered, particularly in cases of triple negative breast cancer. Michael King, J. Lawrence Wilson Professor of Engineering and chair of the biomedical engineering department, and his…

Posted by on September 11, 2019 in News


Nanoscale origami: Smallest-ever, atomically precise structures set stage for quantum breakthroughs

If you think learning traditional paper origami is a difficult practice, try wrapping your head around origami on the atomic scale. In “Atomically-Precise, Custom-Design Origami Graphene Nanostructures,” published today in the journal Science, an international team of researchers have accomplished just that, using sophisticated and precise control of atoms to experiment with new structures and set…

Posted by on September 11, 2019 in News


2019 NanoDay! Poster Competition

$500 1st place  (1 award) $250 2nd place (2 awards) $100 3rd place  (3 awards) The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Materials Science are pleased to co-host the 20th Annual Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Forum.  This forum brings together Vanderbilt scientists and engineers working in nanoscience and nanotechnology for…

Posted by on August 27, 2019 in News


VINSE Pilot/Feasibility Studies – Funding Available

Funding is being made available by VINSE on a competitive basis to provide Vanderbilt investigators the opportunity to utilize VINSE tools to obtain preliminary results for new research initiatives prior to submitting grant applications. Applications from new users interested in demonstrating the feasibility of a new process or measurement are encouraged, and all necessary staff…

Posted by on August 23, 2019 in News

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