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“Minimizing the Reorganization Energy of Cobalt Redox Mediators Maximizes Charge Transfer Rates from Quantum Dots” selected as VINSE Spotlight Publication

Jun. 8, 2022—About the author: Madeleine Fort is working on her PhD in Interdisciplinary Materials Science under the guidance of Dr. Janet Macdonald. In this recently published article, she, and Sophia Click from Dr. Sandra Rosenthal’s lab, observed the effect of the reorganization energy of a charge acceptor on electron transfer rates from cadmium-based quantum dots. This...

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Spotlight Publication: “Alkyl Selenol Reactivity with Common Solvents and Ligands: Influences on Phase Control in Nanocrystal Synthesis” published in Nanoscale

Dec. 15, 2021—“Alkyl Selenol Reactivity with Common Solvents and Ligands: Influences on Phase Control in Nanocrystal Synthesis” published in Nanoscale has been selected as a VINSE spotlight publication. About the authors: In his honors project in the chemistry laboratory of Assoc. Prof. Janet Macdonald, undergraduate Eric Ho examined the synthesis of copper selenide nanocrystals. Eric  closely looked...

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Spring 2022 Graduate Student Research Highlights

Dec. 13, 2021—Spring Newsletter 2022 graduate student research highlights:   Ella Hoogenboezem, 5th year graduate student in the Duvall lab Short interfering RNA (siRNA) is a powerful gene silencing platform that has the potential to silence tumor-driving genes. However, siRNA medicines for tumor delivery have remained clinically elusive. In their native form, siRNAs are rapidly cleared by...

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VINSE recognizes faculty accomplishments in annual fall faculty celebration

Sep. 15, 2021—Join in welcoming new members of our community, recognizing the accomplishments of our community, and celebrating faculty promotions. WELCOME Michael J. Valenti & Christina L. McGahan FACULTY PROMOTIONS We celebrate the recent promotions of the following faculty: Endowed Chairs Craig L. Duvall – named Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair Joshua D. Caldwell – named Flowers Family Chancellor...

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Spotlight Podcast Episode 33: Chris Sharp – accessing new crystal structures using nanoparticles

Jan. 13, 2021—In Episode 33 of the VINSE Spotlight Podcast Chris Sharp tells Alice Leach about accessing new crystal structures using nanoparticles. Chris’ paper “Tolman’s Electronic Parameter of the Ligand Predicts Phase in the Cation Exchange to CuFeS2 Nanoparticles” was published in Nano Letters. Chris is a 4th year chemistry graduate student working in the lab of Janet...

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VINSE recognizes faculty accomplishments in annual fall faculty celebration

Oct. 4, 2020—Please congratulate the following members of the VINSE faculty on recent accomplishments and promotions. FFC 2020 program. FACULTY PROMOTIONS We celebrate the recent promotions of the following faculty: Endowed Chairs Craig L. Duvall named Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair Joshua D. Caldwell named Flowers Family Chancellor Faculty Fellow in Engineering Kelsey B. Hatzell named Flowers Family Dean’s...

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Spotlight Podcast Episode 6: Nathan Spear – Exotic optical properties of nanoparticles

Jun. 9, 2020—This week in episode 6 of the VINSE Spotlight Podcast Alice Leach talks with Nathan Spear about exotic optical properties. Nathan’s paper “Enhanced Broadband and Harmonic Upconversion from Coupled Semiconductor and Metal Nanoparticle Films” was published in ACS Applied Nano Materials.  Nathan is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Interdisciplinary Materials Science working under the direction...

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Janet Macdonald Promoted to Associate Professor

Apr. 22, 2020—Congratulations are in order for Janet Macdonald on her promotion to Associate Professor of Chemistry with tenure. The Macdonald group is a nanoparticle synthesis group in the Department of Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. Janet and her students contribute fundamental knowledge to problems in green energy and catalysis. Most recently Janet was featured along with the...

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New form of crystalline order holds promise for thermoelectric applications

Nov. 14, 2014—Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope image showing the interlaced crystalline structure. (Wu Zhou/ORNL) Since the 1850s scientists have known that crystalline materials are organized into 14 different basic lattice structures. However, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) now reports that it has discovered an entirely new form of crystalline...

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VINSE Welcomes Janet Macdonald, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Oct. 3, 2011—Janet E. Macdonald, assistant professor of chemistry B.S., McGill University, 2002 Ph.D., University of Alberta, 2008 Macdonald recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Institute of Chemistry at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her work on semiconductor nanostructures has led to the discovery of a novel, unpredicted semiconductor nanocage. At Vanderbilt, she proposes to synthesize novel semiconductor...

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