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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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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

REU Student Stephanie Wang wins Best Poster at NNCI Summit

Stephanie Wang, a rising sophomore at Case Western University working with the VPD group this summer through the SHyNE NNCI REU program, presented her work this week at the 2022 NNCI summit in Louisville, Kentucky. VPD Group student, Ben Shindel, was Stephanie's mentor in her exploration of heavy metals and tea.
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Stephanie Ribet wins Student Presentation award at American Physical Society March Meeting

Stephanie Ribet was awarded 1 of 6 Student Presentation awards at the APS March meeting. This competition was sponsored by GIMS with around 50 participants at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her talk "Enhancing Contrast of Symmetry Breaking Materials" presented the work of her and her co authors: Colin Ophus (National Center for Electron Microscopy at Lawrence Berkeley Lab), as well as Prof. Vinayak Dravid and VPD Group Scientific Officer Roberto do Reis.
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Chamille Lescott defends dissertation

Chamille Lescott defended her thesis, Synthesis & Characterization of Self-assembled Polymer Nanocomposites, on June 13, 2022. Chamille has been with the VPD Group since 2017 and is co-advised by Evan A. Scott in BME, whose research focuses on synthesizing drug delivery devices for immunomodulation. In July, Chamille will start as an Assistant Professor of Instruction and First-Year Advisor in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.
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Stephanie Ribet wins 1st at Hilliard Symposium

Stephanie Ribet won 1st place in the Hilliard Symposium with her talk, “The Phosphate Elimination and Recovery Lightweight (PEARL Membrane): A Sustainable Environmental Remediation Approach”. She was joined in the symposium by fellow VPD Group member Chi Zhang with her presentation, “Low Thermal Conductivity in Heteroanionic Materials with Layers of Homoleptic Polyhedra”.
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