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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


Weiss featured in Opli and Research News @ Vanderbilt

Bowtie-funnel combo best for conducting light; team found answer in undergrad physics equation Running computers on virtually invisible beams of light rather than microelectronics would make them faster, lighter and more energy efficient. A version of that technology already exists in fiber optic cables, but they’re much too large to be practical inside a computer….

Posted by on September 6, 2018 in News


2018 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 18th Annual Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Forum.  This forum brings together Vanderbilt scientists and engineers working in nanoscience and nanotechnology for…

Posted by on September 5, 2018 in Events, News,


19th Annual Nanoscience & Nanotechnology Forum NanoDay! 10/3/18 – Keynote Speaker Yi Cui

19th Annual Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Forum Wednesday, October 3, 2018 A yearly forum for faculty, postdocs, and students engaged in nanoscience and nanotechnology research.  STUDENT LIFE, BOARD OF TRUST 1:00 – 1:15  Welcome Sandra Rosenthal, Director of VINSE 1:15 – 1:30  Optical Metasurfaces for Wavefront Control Jason Valentine, ME 1:30 – 1:45  Carbon-based Nanomaterials for Biosensing Yaqiong Xu, EECS 1:45 –…

Posted by on September 5, 2018 in Events, News, VINSE Colloquium,

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