Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University
Type Disciplines
Educational and Reseach Institutions Engineering Quantum Dots Nanomaterials Nanomedicine Fabrication Chemistry Nanoparticles
Address Postal Code
2201 West End Avenue 37235
City State / Province
Nashville TN
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link (615) 322-7311

The Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Nashville, TN) operating out of the School of Engineering has on-going work in nano-optics; nano-bio processes; spintronics; nanoscale electronics; nanocrystal fabrication, characterization, and integration; and radiation effects and defect studies.

VINSE has opened a new nano science and engineering laboratory complex and launched a National Science Foundation sponsored Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Ph.D. program.

Vanderbilt Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Greg Walker and his colleagues have developed a model that produces simulations of nanoscale energy transport throughout the entire thermodynamic cycle.

"Current research efforts to integrate models of electronic and thermal transport are limited, so our work represents the first attempt to couple models that include phonon dispersion, polarization and multiple scattering mechanisms with electronic simulation," Professor Walker says. Professor Walker hopes that this work will help microelectronics designers develop materials and fabrication techniques that will protect the equipment from, or compensate for, thermal effects.

Vanderbilt's School of Medicine has its own program of uses for nanotechnology including medical research involving quantum dots. University researchers have created an early detection method for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the most common cause of hospitalization among children under age 5. The high-tech method uses multi-colored, microscopic fluorescent beads, called quantum dots, that bind to molecular structures that are unique to the RSV's coat and the cells that it infects.

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