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VINSE Faculty Member Dr. James Crowe wins ‘TIME’ Best Invention of 2022

Dec. 5, 2022—Two Vanderbilt faculty who conducted translational research have received the distinction of Best Invention of 2022 from TIME magazine.  TIME’s Best Inventions of 2022 Cover “These winning innovations exemplify the transformative potential of university research when it aims to solve society’s most urgent problems, and when universities partner with the broader innovation ecosystem to bring new solutions...

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Dissertation Defense, Madeleine Fort, Interdisciplinary Materials Science

Dec. 5, 2022—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Madeleine Fort, Interdisciplinary Materials Science *under the direction of Dr. Janet Macdonald “Improving Charge Separation and Transfer in Semiconducting Nanocrystalline Materials” 12.07.22 | 11:30am CST | 5502 Stevenson Center This thesis examines charge transfer from semiconductor nanocrystals. A discussion of charge transfer mechanisms and their importance to renewable technologies is given. The relationship between...

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Dissertation Defense: Joseph Matson, Interdisciplinary Materials Science

Nov. 28, 2022—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Joseph Matson, Interdisciplinary Materials Science *under the direction of Dr. Josh Caldwell “Gaining Nanophotonic Control through Crystalline Anisotropy” 12.05.22 | 3:00pm CST | 048 Engineering Science Building  |  Zoom Infrared (IR) optics form the basis for many important applications, including chemical spectroscopy for pharmaceuticals, medical testing, environmental monitoring, automotives, and aerospace, to name a few. However,...

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Dissertation Defense: Nathan Spear, Interdisciplinary Materials Science

Nov. 28, 2022—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Nathan Spear, Interdisciplinary Materials Science *under the direction of Dr. Janet Macdonald & Dr. Richard Haglund “Enhanced Plasmonic Upconversion in Coupled Metal-Semiconductor Nanoparticle Films” 12.06.22 | 11:00am CST | 132 Olin Hall A large class of nonlinear materials show enhanced harmonic generation by exciting the localized surface plasmonic resonance (LSPR) of metallic or semiconducting nanoparticles....

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Dissertation Defense: Christopher Sharp, Chemistry

Nov. 28, 2022—DISSERTATION DEFENSE Christopher Sharp, Chemistry *under the direction of Dr. Janet Macdonald “Cation Exchange in Nanocrystals Towards Novel Ternary Copper Chalcogens” 12.02.22 | 1:00pm CST | 202 Light Hall (RLH) | Zoom This thesis concerns the synthesis of copper chalcogen nanocrystals through cation exchange with focus on ternary intermediate and final products. Firstly, synthetic targeting of metastable and thermodynamic CuFeS2...

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DISCO Dicing Saw Seminar

Nov. 8, 2022—12.07.22  ESB 001 1:30-4:00 PM Please join us to learn about the capabilities of the DISCO DAD3220 dicing saw in Vanderbilt University’s VINSE cleanroom.  Representatives from DISCO will provide an overview of dicing applications and techniques. Dicing is a standard microfabrication process to create custom-sized substrates and devices for a variety of electronic, optical, biomedical, and other applications.  Silicon, sapphire, and fused...

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VINSE Colloquium Series: “The Many Phases of AV3Sb5 Kagome Metals (A case study for first principles methods and group theory)” Dr. Turan Birol, University of Minnesota 1/25/23

Nov. 8, 2022—Dr. Turan Birol University of Minnesota “The Many Phases of AV3Sb5 Kagome Metals (A case study for first principles methods and group theory)” Location TBD Abstract. First principles computational methods, such as Density Functional Theory (DFT), provide a reliable means to both reproduce and predict the properties of crystalline materials. These approaches also allow performing...

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Inaugural VU-ORNL Collaborative Workshop on November 21st

Nov. 1, 2022—The first VU-ORNL collaborative workshop on nanoscience will be held on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 in the Engineering and Science Building. 12 distinguished ORNL staff scientists and 10 Vanderbilt faculty will speak at the event which focuses on the most exciting current research and near future opportunities in nanoscience for energy and the environment. Faculty, graduate...

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NanoDay! T-Shirt Design Competition

Aug. 10, 2022—Goal: Create an attractive t-shirt design representing NanoDay! and VINSE. The winning design will receive a $300 cash prize. The design must be exclusively your own and cannot include logos and trademark images You can use any t-shirt color in your design JPEG format (at least 300 dpi) No limits to number of colors in...

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VINSE Colloquium Series: “Colloidal robotics: Engineering the autonomous behavior of self-propelled particles” Dr. Kyle Bishop, Columbia University 10/19/2022

Jun. 29, 2022—Dr. Kyle Bishop Columbia University “Colloidal robotics: Engineering the autonomous behavior of self-propelled particles” 4:10 PM, 134 Featheringill Hall Refreshments served at 3:45 PM Abstract. Mobile robots combine sensory information with mechanical actuation to move autonomously through complex environments and perform specific tasks (e.g., a robot vacuum cleaner). The miniaturization of such robots to the size...

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