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Corinne Cowan, recipient of the 2022 VINSE Scholarship to attend the Vanderbilt Summer Academy Program in Nanosciences

Jun. 20, 2022—Congratulations to VINSE Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) scholarship winner, Corinne Cowan! Each year VINSE sponsors up to three scholarships for Tennessee students to attend the VSA program in nanosciences.  Corinne is a rising sophomore with an interest in math and science, so the VSA’s two-week residential program that exposes students to the exciting world of nanoengineering...

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“Dynamic Color Tuning with Electrochemically Actuated TiO2 Metasurfaces” published in Nano Letters selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication

Jun. 17, 2022—About the author: Janna Rathert recently completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering under the direction of Prof. Jason Valentine at Vanderbilt University and Prof. Cary Pint at Iowa State University. The collaboration between the Pint and Valentine groups seeks to explore ways in which electrochemical methods can be leveraged to reversibly modulate photonic devices, especially...

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Wilson named 2022 Chancellor Faculty Fellow

Jun. 15, 2022—VINSE faculty John T. Wilson joins 13 outstanding faculty members from across the university as the 2022 class of Chancellor Faculty Fellows. This group is composed of highly accomplished, recently tenured faculty from a wide variety of disciplines and areas of expertise. “Vanderbilt’s faculty drive the pathbreaking research and transformative education that set our university apart,” Chancellor Daniel Diermeier...

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“Minimizing the Reorganization Energy of Cobalt Redox Mediators Maximizes Charge Transfer Rates from Quantum Dots” selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication

Jun. 8, 2022—About the author: Madeleine Fort is working on her PhD in Interdisciplinary Materials Science under the guidance of Dr. Janet Macdonald. In this recently published article, she, and Sophia Click from Dr. Sandra Rosenthal’s lab, observed the effect of the reorganization energy of a charge acceptor on electron transfer rates from cadmium-based quantum dots. This...

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Spotlight Publication “Photonic crystals with split ring unit cells for subwavelength light confinement” published in Optics Letters

May. 27, 2022—About the author: Kellen P. Arnold is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary materials science under the direction of Dr. Sharon Weiss. The Weiss group focuses on advancing silicon photonics for communications, sensing, and quantum information by leveraging nanoscale light-matter interactions in photonic crystal devices. Kellen’s recent publication proposes a new...

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Meet Our Graduates: Jason Bonacum

May. 19, 2022—Jason Bonacum earned his Ph. D. in Physics from Vanderbilt University in 2020 under the supervision of Professor Richard Haglund. His Ph. D. research focused on characterizing complex atomic structures in intercalated few-layer graphene using atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy, which was performed in collaboration with the Advanced Microscopy Lab at Oak Ridge National Laboratory....

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2022 Summer Nanoseminar Schedule

May. 18, 2022—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 discuss and challenge the...

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Dissertation Defense: Janna Rathert, Mechanical Engineering

May. 18, 2022—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Janna Rathert, Mechanical Engineering *under the direction of Dr. Jason Valentine & Dr. Cary Pint “Optimization of Ionic Transport in Electrochemical Devices” 05.25.22 | 11:00am CST | 132 Featheringill Hall | Zoom The increase in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations due to anthropogenic emissions poses imminent threats to Earth’s climate system and its most vulnerable...

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Dissertation Defense: Kan Li, Interdisciplinary Materials Science

May. 16, 2022—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Kan Li, Interdisciplinary Materials Science *under the direction of Dr. Ronald Schrimpf “Laser-induced single event effects, total-ionizing-dose effects, and low-frequency noise in advanced FinFETs” Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 12:00 | Zoom In this dissertation, radiation effects and low-frequency noise are studied in advanced FinFETs. Firstly, we evaluate the single-event effects on devices...

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Congratulations to VINSE’s 2022 Graduates

May. 14, 2022—VINSE would like to congratulate all of the 2022 Vanderbilt graduates, especially those associated with VINSE.  These students carried out research within our facilities, were members of our VINSE Tech Crew or participated in NanoDay! and colloquia events.  We wish you all the best as you begin then next phase of your career. VINSE Undergraduate...

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