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“Spin Coating Photoactive Photosystem I−PEDOT:PSS Composite Films” published in ACS Applied Polymer Materials, selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication

Feb. 21, 2024—About the author: Marc Nabhan, a 2023 PhD graduate from the Department of Chemical Engineering, successfully defended his dissertation under the guidance of Dr. Kane Jennings. Currently serving as the co-founder and CEO of Optomar Technologies, Marc leads the development of a metabolic rate sensor designed for precise calorie counting in medical ICUs. During his...

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Dissertation Defense: Jeremy Espano, Interdisciplinary Materials Science

Feb. 20, 2024—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Jeremy Espano, Interdisciplinary Materials Science *under the direction of Janet Macdonald “Understanding the Crystalline Landscape of Metal Chalcogenide Materials” 03.01.24  |  2:30PM CST  |  214 Light Hall | The identity and arrangement of atoms determine the properties of all crystalline solids, and when the identity of the atoms is the same, multiple arrangements and different crystalline...

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Spotlight Publication: “Engineering endosomolytic nanocarriers of diverse morphologies using confined impingement jet mixing” published in Nanoscale

Feb. 15, 2024—Co-first author Hayden Pagendarm is a 4th year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering program advised by Dr. John T. Wilson. His research is focused on the development of novel technologies to induce antigen-specific immune tolerance, with a focus on engineered proteins and extracellular vesicles. Co-first author Payton Stone is a 4th year PhD student in...

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Dissertation Defense: Alexandra Koziel, Chemistry

Feb. 13, 2024—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Alexandra C. Koziel, Chemistry *under the direction of Janet Macdonald “Think Smaller: Understanding Selenium Pathways in Metal Chalcogenide Nanocrystal Synthesis” 03.07.24  |  2:00PM CST  |  512 Light Hall As nanochemistry grows as a field and the applications of nanomaterials emerge, the importance of understanding what happens in the reaction flask during synthesis—thinking smaller than the...

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Dissertation Defense: Simon Ward, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Feb. 12, 2024—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Simon J. Ward, Electrical and Computer Engineering *under the direction of Sharon Weiss “Improving Biosensor Performance using Machine Learning and Signal Processing” 02.15.24  |  1:00PM CST  |  308 Featheringill Hall | Zoom ID: 935 9293 1256 The field of biosensing, encompassing the detection of harmful biological molecules in medical diagnostic, food safety, and environmental monitoring contexts,...

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Dissertation Defense: Lauren Wenger, Chemistry

Feb. 10, 2024—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Lauren E. Wenger, Chemistry *under the direction of Timothy Hanusa “Mechanochemical Exploration of the p-Block” 02.20.24  |  1:45PM CST  |  1220 MRBIII As environmental concerns over organic solvents rise and chemists become more aware of the interference solvents can play in reactions, solvent-free methods have grown in popularity, including mechanochemical methods. Mechanochemical reactions are induced...

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“First principles insights into stability of defected MXenes in water” published in Nanoscale, selected as VINSE spotlight publication

Feb. 9, 2024—Haohong Song is a third year Ph.D. student from Interdisciplinary Materials Science program. His PI is Prof. De-en Jiang. They report on the interfacial chemistry between water and defected Ti3C2O2 MXene at room temperature using first principles molecular dynamics simulations. They investigate how defects such as O vacancy, Ti vacancy, F terminal groups, and Ti–O...

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Vanderbilt engineering professor Joshua Caldwell elected SPIE Fellow

Feb. 9, 2024—Joshua Caldwell, a professor of mechanical engineering and director of Vanderbilt’s Interdisciplinary Materials Science (IMS) graduate program, has been elected to the grade of Fellow of SPIE. Fellows are Members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. Dr. Caldwell is honored for his technical achievement and for his service...

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VINSE Spring 2024 Newsletter

Jan. 30, 2024—The Spring 2024 edition of the VINSE Nano News is out now! This issue features the following stories: A Note From The Director Welcome New VINSE Faculty New Tools Highlight VINSE Analytical Lab & Cleanroom Open House Apply now for Summer 2024 Tech Crew Researcher Highlights VINSE Community Picnic Spring Short Courses NanoGuide Program Immersion with...

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VINSE Analytical Lab & Cleanroom Open House

Jan. 29, 2024—Interested in learning more about the VINSE Analytical Lab and Cleanroom facility and how our tools could impact your research? Bring your samples to our Open House on February 29, 2024 from 1:00-4:00 and use any tool… at no cost! This event is open to everyone, both current and potential new users. VINSE staff will also be...

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