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Engineers’ groundbreaking discovery points to a new route to create thermal superconductors

Apr. 29, 2021—The relentless increase in heat loads imposed on devices in modern technologies is driving renewed interest among engineers and materials scientists in the area of heat transfer. A key challenge is finding approaches to enhance the materials’ capability of conducting heat. Deyu Li A team of engineers led by Vanderbilt mechanical engineering Professor Deyu Li...

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Research Snapshot: New microscopy technique unveils feature that can shape applications of a class of quantum materials

Apr. 23, 2021—A team of researchers led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory microscopist Miaofang Chi and Vanderbilt theoretical physicist Sokrates Pantelides has used a new Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope technique to image the electron distribution in ionic compounds known as electrides— especially the electrons that float loosely within pockets and appear separate from the atomic network. Miaofang Chi; Sokrates Pantelides (Vanderbilt...

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A drop of rubbing alcohol and office laminator provides manufacturability boost for single atom thick membranes

Mar. 31, 2021—Vanderbilt engineers used  a drop of rubbing alcohol, an office laminator and creativity to develop scalable processes for manufacturing single atom thin membranes. Their membranes outperformed state-of-the-art commercial dialysis membranes and the approach is fully compatible with roll-to-roll manufacturing. Details of the imaginative experiment are recently published in the journal of the Royal Chemistry Society: “Scalable Synthesis...

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Photonics discovery portends dramatic efficiencies in silicon chips

Mar. 24, 2021—Researchers devised a hybrid, hyperbolic-silicon photonic waveguide platform that transmits mid-IR and near-IR light at the same time, on the same chip, demonstrating dual-band optical processing.  Illustration: Caldwell Lab A team led by Vanderbilt engineers has achieved the ability to transmit two different types of optical signals across a single chip at the same time. The...

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Leon Bellan among five engineering faculty recognized with innovative teaching awards

Mar. 17, 2021—The extraordinary, creative efforts of five engineering faculty members to adapt to their new teaching environments in Fall 2020 were recognized recently with a Teaching Innovation Award from Philippe Fauchet, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Dean of Engineering. The honorees quickly converted their in-person classes to online formats due to the COVID-19 pandemic and made innovative,...

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Inspiring Women in STEM: Interview with Prof Sandra J Rosenthal

Mar. 15, 2021—Valpo Women in  STEM interview Dr. Sandra J. Rosenthal, Professor of Chemistry, Biomolecular & Nanoscale Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Rosenthal is the ACS Herty Medalist and SEC Distinguished Faculty award winner as well as former VINSE Director. Watch Instagram Interview Now Join in at 6:53

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VINSE Colloquium Series “Toward Topological Quantum Computing and Research at the DOE Quantum Science Center” Dr. David Dean, ORNL 04/14/2021

Mar. 10, 2021—April 14, 2021 Dr. David Dean Director, Quantum Science Center Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) “Toward topological quantum computing and research at the DOE Quantum Science Center” 4PM via Zoom Webinar Click HERE to register Bio David J. Dean is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Quantum Science Center(QSC), a Department of Energy (DOE) National Quantum...

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Dr. Alice Leach Receives Grant from VentureWell

Feb. 25, 2021—We’re proud to announce that Dr. Alice Leach recently received a VentureWell Faculty Grant in recognition of their commitment to inclusive support of students who are creating innovations for positive social and environmental impact! This funding will support a new course providing entrepreneurial students with conceptual and experiential learning opportunities in developing and creating nanotechnology...

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VINSE Student & Postdoc Virtual Social Hour

Feb. 12, 2021—Join us for a VINSE student/postdoc social hour.  There will be opportunities to play games together as well as join individual conversations. March 25, 2021 4pm – web Register Here – register before March 19th to receive your goodie box to enjoy during the session. We will use Gather to host this event, the room shave...

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VINSE Faculty Appreciation Virtual Gathering

Feb. 12, 2021—Join us for a VINSE faculty social hour.  Register before the deadline below to receive a goodie package to enjoy during the gathering. There will be opportunities to connect with colleagues and join individual conversations. REGISTER HERE – register by March 12th We will use Gather to host this event. Links will be sent to registered attendees...

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