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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

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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Stoicheia Announces Scientific Advisory Board

"Stoicheia, a new technology startup that uses a nanotechnology-based approach to ultrahigh throughput materials discovery, today announced the first four members of its scientific advisory board. Bringing expertise in nanotechnology, materials science and clean energy, Richard Crooks, Vinayak Dravid, Edward Sargent and Peidong Yang joined the Stoicheia team, effective February 17. With the ability to perform millions of experiments simultaneously, Stoicheia’s technology can rapidly identify new materials with ideal properties for numerous applications, including for the energy, transportation, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries." Click to read the full article
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Matthew Cheng Featured in MSA Student Spotlight

"This month's Physical Sciences Student Spotlight is on Matthew Cheng. Matt is a 4th year PhD student at Northwestern University in the group of Professor Vinayak Dravid. Matt graduated from University of Illinois Urban-Champaign (UIUC) in 2016 from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Research Focus: Matt’s area of expertise is on characterizing 2D materials with an emphasis on high resolution electron microscopy. He works to establish structure-property relationships in 2D ferroic materials for next generation memory storage and quantum devices. This ties into larger efforts in the field of device development to miniaturize new technologies." Read the full feature here: https://www.facebook.com/MSAStudentCouncil/posts/4149230435098777
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