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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:

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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

Jingshan Du Receives APS Award

Group alumnus Jingshan Du receives the FIP Distinguished Student Award of the American Physical Society.
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VPD Group and NUANCE Celebrate the Holiday Season

New members joined our group at the annual holiday celebration.
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Professor Dravid Gives Talk at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research Winter School

Professor Dravid delivered the talk: "The Renaissance Era in Electron Microscopy: From Hybrid & In-Situ Microscopy to High Throughput & AI-enabled Discovery" at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research 2022 Winter School.
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Stephanie Ribet wins MRS gold graduate student award at MRS Fall

Dravid Group member Stephanie Ribet gave a talk at MRS about her research on virtual detectors and beam modification in 4D-STEM, for which she was selected for a gold award (the highest level).
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