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Engineers develop better graphene sieve that could advance clean water efforts

Developing atomically thin graphene membranes used to separate salt from water is extraordinarily complex and the effort grows more crucial as population growth, industrialization and climate change strain freshwater resources. Vanderbilt engineering researchers report a breakthrough in scalable fabrication of graphene membrane with a sealing technology that corrects variations in the pore size so they…

Posted by on September 23, 2020 in News,

Cynthia Reinhart-King, Engineering, BME publication and more. Photo by Joe Howell

Cynthia Reinhart-King receives 2020 Chancellor’s Award for Research

Cynthia Reinhart-King is one of five Vanderbilt professors who received a Chancellor’s Award for Research at the Fall Faculty Assembly Aug. 27, 2020. This award recognizes faculty excellence in works published or presented in the last three calendar years. Honorees each receive a cash prize $2,000 and an engraved pewter julep cup. The annual event took place…

Posted by on September 9, 2020 in News,


Tiny tweezer developed at Vanderbilt can trap molecules on a nanoscale, creating powerful research capabilities into cancer metastasis, neurodegenerative diseases

In 2018, one-half of the Nobel Prize was awarded to Arthur Ashkin, the physicist who developed optical tweezers, the use of a tightly focused laser beam to isolate and move micron-scale objects (the size of red blood cells). Now Justus Ndukaife, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, has developed the first-ever opto-thermo-electrohydrodynamic tweezers, optical nanotweezers…

Posted by on September 1, 2020 in News


VINSE is Launching Faculty Speed Talks

This fall VINSE will be hosting faculty speed talks.  Join in to hear about current nano research and collaborations, all concentrated into 5-minute presentations.  Seminars will be held at the normally scheduled time of 4, through Zoom webinars. Register in advance for these sessions: HERE September 16, 2020 – Nano Electronics & Nano Bio Nano Electronics Richard…

Posted by on August 31, 2020 in Events, VINSE Colloquium, ,

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2020 NanoDay! Poster Competition

In response to the circumstances and restrictions associated with COVID-19, the 21ST Annual Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Forum will be postponed until next year.  Continuing to safely engage with one another, share scientific discoveries and collaborate is a goal we are striving to achieve during this global health crisis. While we will not be hosting a visiting speaker…

Posted by on August 31, 2020 in Events, News, ,


VINSE Image Competition

The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) is holding the annual competition seeking new images to be displayed in the VINSE Facilities.  If you have materials or devices that have been fabricated, characterized, or imaged using VINSE equipment, submit them to for consideration.  Interesting photos of the tools and facilities are also…

Posted by on August 31, 2020 in Events, News,

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Social Media Competitions!

This semester VINSE will have 4 social media competitions on our Instagram and Facebook pages.  Hint: This is a great time to follow us on socials if you haven’t already!  Once the competition is posted it will remain open until the end of the month.  Winners will receive a VINSE t-shirt! September – Hashtag Sharing…

Posted by on August 31, 2020 in Events,

From left, Scott Guelcher, Ph.D., associate professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering;
Jeffrey Davidson, M.D., professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (vest, white hair);
Christopher Nelson, graduate student in Biomedical Engineering (black gloves, striped shirt); and
Craig Duvall, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering (beard).
Nelson is holding the biodegradable tissue “scaffold” that enhanced wound healing in mice

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Craig Duvall named Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society

Craig Duvall, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, has been elevated to the rank of Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Duvall and his research program focus on development of technologies for controlled drug release, tissue regeneration and therapeutics, and delivery of intracellular-acting biologic drugs such as siRNA and peptide therapeutics. The applications of these technologies…

Posted by on August 26, 2020 in News,

Fuel from the Sun (003)

VINSE Colloquium Series “Fuel from the Sun: Where is that Pot of Gold?” Dr. Krishnan Rajeshwar, University of Texas Arlington 02/24/2021

February 24, 2021 Krishnan Rajeshwar Distinguished University Professor Past President, The Electrochemical Society University of Texas Arlington “Fuel from the Sun: Where is that Pot of Gold?” 4:10 PM, Location TBA Abstract : Even after ca. four decades of R&D effort, we still do not have a “magic bullet” inorganic semiconductor to photoelectrochemically generate fuels…

Posted by on July 29, 2020 in Events,

Cynthia Reinhart-King, Engineering, BME publication and more. Photo by Joe Howell

Cynthia Reinhart-King receives $1M W. M. Keck Foundation Grant

A bold engineering approach by a Vanderbilt University researcher to sort breast cancer cells based on their behavior first has produced compelling data that show less migratory cells create more metastases, contradicting the prevailing hypothesis on how cancer spreads. Expanding this ambitious research by Cynthia Reinhart-King, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, to other highly metastatic and…

Posted by on July 15, 2020 in News,

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