12th Annual Nanoscience/Nanotechnology Forum report

More than 100 faculty, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students engaged in nanoscience and nanotechnology research at Vanderbilt and Fisk Universities attended the 12th annual forum on Nov. 9 at Buttrick Hall. Each year the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering sponsors a full-day of presentations, poster sessions and demonstrations to highlight nanotechnology research.

Keynote speaker, Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also delivered a lecture titled “Co-opting Moore’s Law: Vaccines and Medicines Made from a Wafer”. This year’s 2011 poster competition winners were:

1st Place
Kannatassen Appavoo
Interdisciplinary Materials Science
Advisor: Richard Haglund
“Detection of nanoscale size dependence in VO2 phase transition by metamaterial nanosensors”


Chris Nelson
Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Craig Duvall
“Injectable scaffolds for the sustained delivery of pH-responsive nanoparticles”

2nd Place
Oleg Kovtun
Advisor: Sandra Rosenthal
“Single quantum dot analysis of dopamine transporter trafficking

3rd Place
Cheryl Lau
Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate
Advisor: Todd Giorgio
Macrophage-targeted siRNA delivery for cancer therapy”

Yi Liang
Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate
Advisor: Hak-Joon Sung
Electrospinning carbon nanotubes with polymers to improve electroconductivity of fiber mesh scaffolds”

Travis Wade
Interdisciplinary Materials Science
Advisor: Jim Davidson and Norman Tolk
Nanostructure analysis of diamond cold cathode electron field emitters”

1st Year Student Presentation on Research Rotation
Yiliang Zhou
Interdisciplinary Materials Science
Advisor: David Cliffel
Langmuir-Blodgett Photosystem I Monolayers


The winning t-shirt design was created by interdisciplinary materials science student Dhiraj Prasai. See the design here.