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“Ultrafast X-ray imaging of the light-induced phase transition in VO2” published in Nature Physics, selected as Spotlight Publication

Jan. 30, 2023—Congratulations to Richard Haglund and Kent Hallman for their Nature Physics publication. This paper is the latest from a multi-year, multi-national (United States, Germany, Denmark, South Korea, France, United Kingdom) collaboration in which Vanderbilt’s part was the preparation and characterization (in conjunction with the Technical University-Berlin) of a challenging ultrathin holographic gold-vanadium dioxide “sandwich” on...

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“Diabetic hyperglycemia promotes primary tumor progression through glycation-induced tumor extracellular matrix stiffening” published in Science Advances selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication

Jan. 20, 2023—About the authors: Co-first author, Wenjun Wang is an NIH NCI F99/K00 Predoctoral Fellow in Biomedical Engineering advised by Prof. Cynthia Reinhart-King. Wenjun’s research focuses on the mechanism of tumor progression at the RNA, cell, and tissue levels via alteration of tissue mechanical properties. Co-first author, Dr. Lauren Hapach earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering...

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“Tunable, ferroelectricity-inducing, spin-spiral magnetic ordering in monolayer FeOCl” published in Nano Letters selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication

Jan. 5, 2023—About the author: Deliang Bao is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy under the direction of Dr. Sokrates T. Pantelides.  In recently published work, by employing density-functional-theory calculations, he demonstrated a non-collinear magnetism, namely spin spiral, in the monolayer FeOCl, which features tunability with uniaxial strain and electron/hole doping. The...

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“Nanoporous Atomically Thin Graphene Filters for Nanoscale Aerosols” published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication

Dec. 13, 2022—About the author: Dr. Peifu Cheng is a research engineer in Dr. Piran R. Kidambi’s group in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department. He researches 2D nanomaterials (such as graphene and others) for membrane applications in ionic/molecular separation, desalination, air filtration, dialysis, among others. In the recently published work, Dr. Cheng introduced precise nanoscale pores in...

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“Mid- to Far-Infrared Anisotropic Dielectric Function of HfS2 and HfSe2” published in Advanced Optical Materials, selected as a VINSE Spotlight Publication

Nov. 28, 2022—About the author: Ryan Kowalski is a fourth-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Materials Science under the direction Dr. Josh Caldwell. Using infrared spectroscopy, the Caldwell group investigates the optical properties of semiconductor materials for optoelectronic devices. Ryan’s recent publication in Advanced Optical Materials characterizes the anisotropic dielectric functions of 2D van der...

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“Freestanding Bipolar Membranes with an Electrospun Junction for High Current Density Water Splitting” published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, selected as a VINSE Spotlight Publication

Nov. 10, 2022—About the author: Devon Powers earned his Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering PhD in May 2019 under the direction of Prof. Peter Pintauro. Devon’s studies were focused on fabrication techniques for ion-exchange membranes for H2/air fuel cells and water splitting applications. Through electrospinning, he was able to obtain intimate mixing of otherwise dissimilar materials, leading to...

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“Dynamic Observation of Retinal Response to Pressure Elevation in a Microfluidic Chamber” published in Analytical Chemistry, selected as a VINSE spotlight publication

Oct. 20, 2022—About the author: Alberto Esteban Linares is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering advised by Dr. Deyu Li. Alberto’s research focuses on developing novel microfluidic platforms with probing and sensing capabilities to study the behavior of certain neurons in ex vivo retinal tissue. Alberto’s recent publication presents a microfluidic platform capable of generating and...

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“Gypsum scaling in membrane distillation: Impacts of temperature and vapor flux” published in Desalination selected as VINSE spotlight publication

Sep. 27, 2022—About the author: Kofi Christie was a PhD student under the direction of Dr. Shihong Lin. Christie is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University. His research focuses on interdisciplinary approaches to improve sustainability at the water-energy nexus. His research interests include 1) elucidating the complex...

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“Long-range transport and directed assembly of charged colloids under aperiodic electrodiffusiophoresis” published in Soft Matter, selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication

Sep. 13, 2022—About the author: Kun Wang is currently a PhD candidate under the direction of Dr. Carlos Silvera Batista. Kun’s research focuses on understanding the long-range kinetics and assembly of colloidal particles under the coupling of electric field and concentration gradient. In the featured publication, Kun and co-authors show how faradaic processes and its induced concentration...

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Elastic stiffening induces one-dimensional phonons in thin Ta 2Se3 nanowires selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication

Aug. 31, 2022—About the author: Zhiliang Pan is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering Department advised by Dr. Deyu Li. Zhiliang’s research focuses on nanoscale heat transfer in low dimensional materials and complex structures. In the recently published work, Zhiliang carried out systematic thermal property measurements on thin Ta2Se3 nanowires. Results indicate signatures of one-dimensional phonons...

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