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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:
HERE

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2-D Subgroup

2-D Subgroup

Spatially and Dimensionally Confined Structures and Assembly
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Energy Subgroup

Energy Subgroup

Interfaces & Defect Phenomena in Advanced Materials

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Patterning and Microscopy Subgroup

Patterning and Microscopy Subgroup

Synthesis, Patterning and Microscopy of Nanostructures

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Multifunctional Nanostructures Subgroup

Multifunctional Nanostructures Subgroup

Environmental remediation, energy storage and theranostic medicine
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VPD Group in the News

New 'Swiss Army knife' cleans up water pollution

Phosphate pollution in rivers, lakes and other waterways has reached dangerous levels, causing algae blooms that starve fish and aquatic plants of oxygen. Meanwhile, farmers worldwide are coming to terms with a dwindling reserve of phosphate fertilizers that feed half the world’s food supply.
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Kelly Parker Wins 3rd Place at Hilliard Symposium

Kelly Parker was announced as the third place winner of this year's Hilliard Symposium with her presentation "Soft Microscopy: Advancing High-Throughput Characterization at Low-Voltage". Link to full story to come.
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Potato Chips Inspire Novel Method for Water-Splitting

Finding clean energy sources will be a key to mitigating climate change in the 21st century. Recent work by Northwestern Engineering could be part of the solution, and the result was inspired by a lowly lunchbox treat.
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Women researchers shine in science spotlight

More than a hundred attendees from around the world gathered virtually to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Women in Microscopy Conference. The event, co-hosted by Northwestern’s NUANCE Center, highlighted the work of female researchers, product specialists, and lab managers from universities, national labs, and microscope vendors. The VPD Group's own Stephanie Ribet was one of the two co-chairs that made this incredible event reality.
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