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Meet Our Graduates: Gabriel LeBlanc

May. 6, 2022—Gabriel LeBlanc earned his PhD. from Vanderbilt University in 2010 under the direction of Dr. David Cliffel, studying how the biological nanomaterial Photosystem I in plants could be incorporated into solar cells. While at Vanderbilt, Gabriel took advantage of the analytical tools and collaborative environment enabled by Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) to publish over 10 peer-reviewed articles...

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Meet Our Graduates: Kate (Moyer) Vanderburgh

Apr. 17, 2022—Kate (Moyer) Vanderburgh graduated from the Vanderbilt University Interdisciplinary Materials Science Ph.D. program in December of 2019. Under the direction of Dr. Cary Pint, Kate worked on sustainably engineering electrode materials and additives for energy storage systems. She was an NSF GRFP recipient and summer 2018 intern at NASA Kennedy Space Center to investigate structural...

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Meet Our Graduates: Manoj Sridhar

Apr. 6, 2022—Manoj earned his PhD in Physics in 2008 under the supervision of Profs Anthony Hmelo and Leonard Feldman. Manoj’s Ph.D. research studied fluid flow through nanoscale channels both experimentally and through molecular dynamics simulations. Through his work, Manoj gained technical expertise in a wide range of VINSE nanofabrication tools including electron beam lithography, scanning electron...

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Meet Our Graduates: Sara Winn

Mar. 25, 2022—Sara Winn, Ph.D. (Melow) received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in June of 2021 under the supervision of Dr. David Cliffel. While at Vanderbilt, she received the T32 training grant in Environmental Toxicology. Her research focused on electrochemical biosensors for use in combination with organs-on-chips, collaborating internally and externally to apply these sensors. In addition to her...

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Meet Our Graduates: Patrick Wellborn

Feb. 3, 2022—Patrick Wellborn received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in January of 2021 under the supervision of Dr. Robert Webster III. In the summer of 2014, VINSE served as Patrick’s first introduction to both Vanderbilt and research in general. Through the VINSE REU, he spent the summer researching biohybrid solar cells with Dr....

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Meet Our Graduates: Anna Douglas

Jan. 25, 2022—Anna Douglas earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Materials Science at Vanderbilt University in 2019.  While at Vanderbilt, Anna began her studies developing nanostructured materials that can improve the performance of energy storage devices including lithium and sodium ion batteries. During her graduate studies, Anna co-invented a novel electrochemical synthesis method to produce high quality carbon nanotubes from...

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Meet Our Graduates: Justin Mollison

Dec. 20, 2021—Justin Mollison graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering in 2020 with a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Nanoscience. As an undergrad, Justin was a member of the VINSE Technical Crew where he learned fundamental micro- and nanoscale fabrication skills in photolithography, etching, deposition and metrology. He then used those skills...

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Meet Our Graduates: Westley Bauer

Dec. 16, 2021—Westley Bauer earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry under the tutelage of Dr. David Wright. His research was focused on developing new and improving existing diagnostics for the “big three” infectious diseases most closely linked to poverty: Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. This research pursuit afforded him the opportunity to travel to sub-Saharan Africa in collaboration with...

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Meet Our Graduates: Rayni Jules

Dec. 13, 2021—Rayni Jules received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering in 2019 from Vanderbilt University. As an undergraduate, Rayni was part of the inaugural VINSE Technical Crew where he learned valuable skills in process development, photolithography, and deposition. Rayni’s concentration was on using Electron Beam Lithography to create fine structures on thin surfaces. Rayni currently works as...

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Meet Our Graduates: You Zhou

Dec. 10, 2021—You Zhou earned his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Materials Science in August 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Jason Valentine. You Zhou’s PhD research is to address the current trend towards miniaturization of photonic devices and nanophotonic systems. In one key advance, You developed 3D cascaded flat optics as a pathway for adding complexity and functionality to...

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