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Spotlight Publication: “Fluorescent Colloidal Ferroelectric Nanocrystals” published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society

May. 10, 2022—About the author: Cara Bradsher earned her Ph.D. in October 2021 under the direction of Dr. Sandra Rosenthal and is currently working as a research scientist in nanoparticle research and development in San Diego. Her Ph.D. work focused on the introduction of ferroelectric properties in quantum dots through cation exchange. In recently published work, she...

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Spotlight Publication: “Signatures of atomic structure in subfemtosecond laser-driven electron dynamics in nanogaps” published in Physical Review B

Apr. 28, 2022—About the author: Luke Bhan is currently an undergraduate computer science and physics major working under the supervision of Dr. Kalman Varga. His lab focuses on the simulation of nanoscale materials and their properties. In recently published work, he simulates electron dynamics across nanoscale gaps in aluminum structures containing thousands of atoms. From the simulations,...

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Spotlight Publication “Enhanced photocurrent response speed in charge-density-wave phase of TiSe2-metal junctions” published in Nanoscale

Apr. 17, 2022—About the author: Thayer Walmsley earned his Ph.D. in Physics in August 2021 under the direction of Dr. Yaqiong Xu. He is currently a J.D. student at Vanderbilt Law School. His Ph.D. work focused on exploring novel two-dimensional materials and their applications via scanning photocurrent microscopy. In his recently published work, he fabricated 2D metal-semimetal...

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Spotlight Publication “Scalable synthesis of nanoporous atomically thin graphene membranes for dialysis and molecular separations via facile isopropanol-assisted hot lamination” published in Nanoscale

Apr. 3, 2022—About the author: Peifu Cheng is currently a research engineer in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering under the direction of Dr. Piran R. Kidambi. Peifu studies low-dimensional materials (such as graphene, h-BN and carbon nanotubes) based membranes for ionic/molecular separation, desalination and dialysis. In recently published work, he created a novel roll-to-roll manufacturing compatible isopropanol-assisted hot...

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Spotlight Publication “Morlet Wavelet Filtering and Phase Analysis to Reduce the Limit of Detection for Thin Film Optical Biosensors” published in ACS Sensors

Mar. 18, 2022—About the author: Simon Ward is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under the direction of Dr. Sharon Weiss. In recently published work, he proposed a signal processing method capable of significantly lowering the detection limit of thin film optical biosensors. The signal processing method drastically reduces noise contributions...

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Spotlight Publication: “Substrate Chemistry and Lattice Effects in Vapor Transport Growth of Vanadium Dioxide Microcrystals” published in Crystal Growth & Design

Feb. 23, 2022—About the author:  Sam White is a graduate student in physics, working in the Applied Optical Physics Group of Prof. Richard Haglund.  Sam’s graduate work has focused on growing single crystals, thin films, and nanoparticles of the phase-transition material vanadium dioxide (VO2) to enable both fundamental studies and applications in technology.  In this work—with support...

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Spotlight Publication: “Bidirectional Modulation of Contact Thermal Resistance between Boron Nitride Nanotubes from a Polymer Interlayer” published in Nano Letters

Feb. 15, 2022—About the author: Zhiliang Pan is currently a Ph.D. student 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, he studied the thermal transport at BNNT tube contact with/without polymer interlayer and disclosed the bidirectional modulation...

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Spotlight Publication: “Cancer cell metabolic plasticity in migration and metastasis” published in Clinical & Experimental Metastasis

Feb. 2, 2022—About the author: Jenna Mosier is a current PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering in the Reinhart-King laboratory where she investigates the role of mechanical cues and bioenergetics in breast cancer cell migration. In recently published work, Mosier and Schwager review the current understanding of metabolic plasticity in cancer cell migration and metastasis. Metabolic plasticity refers...

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Spotlight Publication: “Nanoparticle Trapping in a Quasi-BIC System ” published in ACS Photonics

Jan. 26, 2022—About the author: Sen Yang is currently a Ph.D. student in Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program under the direction of Dr. Justus Ndukaife. Sen studies dielectric nanotweezers for nanoscale particles trapping and dielectric nanoantennas for biomaterial sensing applications. In recently published work, he proposed an all-dielectric nanotweezer based on quasi-bound states in the continuum (BIC) for...

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Spotlight Publication: “Photosystem I Enhances the Efficiency of a Natural, Gel-Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell” published in ACS Applied Bio Materials

Jan. 17, 2022—“Photosystem I Enhances the Efficiency of a Natural, Gel-Based Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell” published in ACS Applied Bio Materials has been selected as a VINSE spotlight publication. About the author: Joshua Passantino is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering under the direction of Dr. Kane Jennings and also works with Dr. David Cliffel in...

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