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Atomic and Nanoscale Phenomena in Advanced Materials

Dravid Group Research in the News

PEARL featured on Scripps
Based on the recent publication in PNAS, Prof. Dravid, Dr. Nandwana, and PhD student Stephanie Ribet were featured in a story by Scripps regarding their revolutionary nanocomposite coating. Now, a common kitchen sponge can be used to clean water of phosphate. Click the link to view full story: LEARN MORE
Vinayak Dravid is Named Among Global ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ 

This annual list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. LEARN MORE


NSF-funded researchers at Northwestern University, lead by Professor Vinayak P. Dravid, have developed a nanocomposite coating of magnetic nanostructures that attracts oil and resists water. When the coating is applied to any cheap sponge, it binds with the oil holding it in the sponge until it is squeezed out. For more information:

Press Release: HERE
Media Information: HERE 

BBC interview covering OHM Sponge with Vinayak Dravid:
September 30, 2020
The Guardian coverage of the OHM Sponge:

Welcome New MSE Graduate Students!

Group meetings during the fall quarter are alternating Wednesdays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in the NUFAB conference room (FG70 Tech - ground floor F wing).  The first three group meetings of the fall will be on September 27th, October 11th, and October 25th.  All students are welcome to attend!  Please reach out to for subgroup meeting times and for scheduling meetings with Professor Dravid.

VPD Group Research

Environmental Subgroup

Environmental Subgroup

Multifunctional Materials for Environmental Applications
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Hybrid Microscopy Subgroup

Hybrid Microscopy Subgroup

Hybrid Microscopy, Soft/Hard Interfaces, Advanced EM Techniques

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Quantum and Energy Subgroup

Quantum and Energy Subgroup

Surfaces and Interfaces in Low-Dimensional, Quantum, and Energy Materials
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VPD Group in the News

VPD Group Takes ACS Fall

Ben and Jack attended the fall meeting of the American Chemical Society, presenting on their work in the Environmental and Energy and Fuels divisions.
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REU Students Present at Montana State University

SHyNE’s 5 REU students presented their work during the 2023 Convocation, hosted by Montana State University
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RET/REU Farewell Party!

On Friday July 28th, the summer RET and REU participants gathered, together with their mentors, for a farewell party.
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Yukun Liu Selected for 2023 Microscopy & Microanalysis Student Scholar Award

Yukun Liu, a doctoral student in the VPD Group in Material Science & Engineering, has been selected for the 2023 Microscopy & Microanalysis Student Scholar Award for his work titled "Probing the 'Order' in Complexity: Entropy-Engineered Thermoelectric Materials."
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