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Weiss to lead VINSE starting July 1

Sharon Weiss, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, professor of electrical engineering and physics and deputy director of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE), will become the new director of VINSE, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente announced today. Weiss’ appointment will begin on July 1, following the completion…

Posted by on June 26, 2019 in News


iPhone plus nanoscale porous silicon equals cheap, simple home diagnostics

The simplest home medical tests might look like a deck of various silicon chips coated in special film, one that could detect drugs in the blood, another for proteins in the urine indicating infection, another for bacteria in water and the like. Add the bodily fluid you want to test, take a picture with your…

Posted by on June 11, 2019 in News,


2019 Summer Nanoseminar Schedule

2019 Summer Nanoseminar Schedule The VINSE summer nanoseminar series provides an opportunity for graduate students or post-docs to share their current research with the larger VINSE community to foster discussion and collaboration.  Each seminar will consist of 2 talks of 15-20 minutes each with 10-15 minutes of questions.  The goal of these talks is to…

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in Events, News,


Hatzell awarded NSF CAREER grant to expand research on lithium-ion batteries

Kelsey Hatzell, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant. . The five-year, $515,600 grant— Understanding Interfaces in Solid State Energy Storage Systems and Cross-Disciplinary Education—begins June 1, 2019. Advanced lithium-ion batteries for vehicles and for renewable electricity grid storage could improve domestic energy security but performance…

Posted by on April 10, 2019 in News

Professor Sandy Rosenthal
The cover story of the Fall 2017 issue of Vanderbilt Magazine is about the Chancellor's Chair Challenge, an effort to expand the number of endowed chairs. The story will spotlight seven current chairholders and their research, including Professor Rosenthal. standing next to the Osiris STEM in the basement of the ESB.

(Copyright Vanderbilt University / Daniel Dubois)

Rosenthal to step down as VINSE director; planning for institute’s future begins

Sandra Rosenthal, Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry, will step down as director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) on June 30 following 12 years of service. “I am so grateful to Sandy for her many years of devoted service at VINSE,” said Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente….

Posted by on April 5, 2019 in News


Do you know a rising 9th or 10th grader interested in science? Apply now for the VINSE Scholarship to attend our 2 week residential summer science academy.

VINSE is offering a limited number of full scholarships for TN rising 9th and 10th graders to attend the Vanderbilt Summer Academy in Nanoscience – applications are currently being accepted. Learn more and apply at:  

Posted by on February 12, 2019 in News

Tech Crew

VINSE is accepting applications to the 10-week summer internship program

Looking for a unique summer opportunity?  Apply for the VINSE Summer Tech Crew What is the VINSE Summer Tech Crew? 10 week summer internship experience in the VINSE cleanroom Interns (known as Tech Crew) support process development for VINSE researchers What’s in it for me? Extensive hands on laboratory experience Develop skills relevant in academia and industry…

Posted by on February 1, 2019 in News


VINSE wins 1st place in MRS SciVid Competition

Congratulations to VINSE graduate student Stephanie Castillo and VINSE’s very own Dr. Alice Leach – this duo won 1st place in the Materials Research Society Science in Video Competition. “Little Silcon is a Big Deal”   Full press release

Posted by on January 30, 2019 in News


Safe solid-state lithium batteries herald ‘paradigm shift’ in energy storage

The race to produce safe, powerful and affordable solid-state lithium batteries is accelerating and recent announcements about game-changing research using a solid non-flammable ceramic electrolyte known as garnet has some in the race calling it revolutionary. “This is a paradigm shift in energy storage,” said Kelsey Hatzell, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. A paper –…

Posted by on October 10, 2018 in News


VINSE Deputy Director Sharon Weiss featured on News Channel 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Running computers on tiny beams of light? It may sound very Sci-Fi, but that’s exactly what researchers at Vanderbilt University are trying to do. <- Read more and Watch Video ->    

Posted by on September 7, 2018 in News

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