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Hijacking human proteins to better deliver anti-cancer drugs

Powerful molecules can hitch rides on a plentiful human protein and signal tumors to self-destruct, a team of Vanderbilt University engineers found. Their research gives oncologists a better shot at overcoming the problems of drug resistance, toxicity to patients and a host of other barriers to consistently achieving successful gene therapy for cancer. It is…

Posted by on July 24, 2017 in News


Cotton candy capillaries lead to circuit boards that dissolve when cooled

Building transient electronics is usually about doing something to make them stop working: blast them with light, soak them with acid, dunk them in water. Professor Leon Bellan’s idea is to dissolve them with neglect: Stop applying heat, and they come apart. Using silver nanowires embedded in a polymer that dissolves in water below 32…

Posted by on June 27, 2017 in News


Congratulations to Quinton Mcclain, recipient of the 2017 VINSE Scholarship to attend the Vanderbilt Summer Academy Program in Nanosciences

Congratulations to Quinton Mcclain, recipient of the 2017 VINSE Scholarship to attend the Vanderbilt Summer Academy Program in Nanosciences.  Quinton is a 10th grader at the Nashville School of Arts. Students who attend VSA are among the brightest in the country, scoring in the top tier on academic achievement tests such as the SAT and ACT….

Posted by on June 26, 2017 in News


Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy in Nanoscience is Underway

Week 2 of the Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) program in Nanoscience is underway. VSA is a residential, two week session in nanoscience and nanotechnology for 15 gifted high school students who have expressed an interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology.  The program is part lecture, part hands-on, and in addition to nanoscience experiments (e.g. nanocrystal synthesis)…

Posted by on June 26, 2017 in News

Anna Douglas – Engineering – Olin. Anna Douglas is a PhD student who has received a prestigious (and not yet publicly announced) award to work at ORNL on SkyNano, a company based on technology she developed that could make the manufacture of single-walled carbon nanotubes easier and cheaper. Production now requires expensive equipment and controlled conditions, resulting in a final product that sells for $900/gram and makes widespread adoption cost prohibitive. She is one of five entrepreneurs picked for Innovation Crossroads, at ORNL for the first time, and is the only one who does not already have her PhD. The fellowship covers living costs, benefits, travel and up to $350,000 in research costs for up to 2 years to use on collaborative research in clean energy innovations.

Anna's technology takes carbon dioxide out the ambient air to produce high-value carbon nanotubes, which have applications in electronics, aerospace, medical devices, drug delivery, shielding, sensors, etc. The material has great strength and less weight than typical composites. It has great conductivity and can withstand high heat and pressure. Single-walled carbon nanotubes, if successfully commercialized at a larger scale, could be the foundation for nextgen electronics.  Anna and Professor Cary Pint believe her system could produce SWCN for less than $1/gram. They formed SkyNano - Anna is the CEO and deferring her NSF fellowship to work on scaling it to a product line. For Engineering School website, likely Research News at Vanderbilt and possible outside media. Photo by Joe Howell

IMS graduate student Anna Douglas selected for prestigious entrepreneurship program

An interdisciplinary materials science graduate student has been selected for a prestigious entrepreneurship program to scale and commercialize a revolutionary method of carbon nanotube production. Anna Douglas is one of five entrepreneurs selected for the inaugural cohort of the Department of Energy Innovation Crossroads program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The accelerator program includes…

Posted by on June 7, 2017 in News



June 5, 2017 Significant progress has been made resolving ventilation issues in the new cleanroom. Corrective actions are currently being planned for remaining items that affect the exhaust from several tools. The cleanroom tool move schedule has been updated reflecting the progress made to date. Dates for moving the remaining tools will be determined once…

Posted by on June 5, 2017 in News


Nanocrystal / Analytical Lab Relocation Information

VINSE plans to begin moving Nanocrystal and Analytical tools from the current SC 6210 lab to the new ESB 107 lab on Thursday June 1. The last day to use the current laboratory will be Wednesday May 31. VINSE hopes and expects to have the new up and running on Monday June 5, or early…

Posted by on June 5, 2017 in News


2017 Summer Nanoseminar Schedule

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…

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Events, News,


Clare McCabe and Sharon Weiss named to endowed chairs

  Clare McCabe McCabe is a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, associate dean of Vanderbilt’s graduate school and director of Postdoctoral Affairs. She uses molecular modeling to understand the thermodynamic and transport properties of complex fluids, nanomaterials and biological systems. Current projects including developing novel lubricants for nano-scale devices, understanding the self-assembly of skin…

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in News


OSIRIS STEM relocation complete

The Osirirs STEM has been relocated to its new home in the VINSE Imaging Suite located in the basement of the Engineering and Science Building (ESB) Room 011. This is a fully digital 200 kV S/TEM system, designed to deliver revolutionary analytical performance in all imaging and analytical modes. Click here for training and access

Posted by on April 23, 2017 in News

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