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Forensic science comes to Vanderbilt

Nov. 13, 2017—Vanderbilt scientists have teamed up with the Italian Scientific Police to apply nanoscience techniques to improve the accuracy of forensic investigations.

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VINSE announces new facilities open house Oct. 24

Sep. 28, 2017—The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) announces an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Core Facilities Oct. 24.

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Tellinghuisen receives nanoscience center’s Distinguished Service Award

Sep. 21, 2017—Pat Tellinghuisen, program director of Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, is this year’s recipient of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's Distinguished Service Award.

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Multitasking monolayers

Jul. 21, 2017—Scientists have discovered a natural process that makes patterned monolayers suitable for creating a wide variety of novel materials with dual optical, magnetic, catalytic or sensing capabilities.

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Nanoscale optical switch breaks miniaturization barrier

Mar. 13, 2014—An ultra-fast and ultra-small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles.

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New faculty: Rizia Bardhan finds solutions at the nanoscale

Dec. 11, 2012—Rizia Bardhan has a large picture of Mahatma Gandhi in her office. “Gandhi has always been very special to me,” she said. “We share the same birthday. He exemplifies the power of perseverance.” Perseverance has carried the new assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering to Nashville from Kolkatta, India, where she was born. Early in...

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Director of German nanosciences institute is NanoDay! keynote speaker

Oct. 16, 2012—Oliver Schmidt, director of the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden, Germany, is the keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Forum Oct. 24 at Vanderbilt University. The Forum and NanoDay! activities are sponsored by the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (VINSE) and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Materials Science.

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Quantum dots brighten the future of lighting

May. 8, 2012—Vanderbilt researchers have boosted the efficiency of a novel source of white light called quantum dots more than tenfold, making them of potential interest for commercial applications.

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High school students turn blackberries into solar cells

Mar. 21, 2012—VINSE is starting new high school field trip program where they will have students create a solar cell out of blackberries and raspberries.

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Barrier to faster graphene devices identified and suppressed

Mar. 13, 2012—Vanderbilt physicists report that they have nailed down the source of the interference inhibiting the rapid flow of electrons through graphene-based devices and found a way to suppress it.

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VINSE engineers and researchers explore possibilities on the nanoscale

Dec. 15, 2011—There is much to celebrate, including the fact that in the past decade, VINSE has attracted more than $75 million in federal funding for nanoscience research, says VINSE Director Sandra J. Rosenthal.

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Yaqiong Xu receives NSF career development award

Oct. 25, 2011—Electrical engineer and physicist Yaqiong Xu has received a prestigious career development award to study a new class of molecules called nanobiohybrids.

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