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March, 2021

A drop of rubbing alcohol and office laminator provides manufacturability boost for single atom thick membranes

Mar. 5, 2021—Vanderbilt engineers used  a drop of rubbing alcohol, an office laminator and creativity to develop scalable processes for manufacturing single atom thin membranes. Their membranes outperformed state-of-the-art commercial dialysis membranes and the approach is fully compatible with roll-to-roll manufacturing. Details of the imaginative experiment are recently published in the journal of the Royal Chemistry Society:...

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MacArthur Fellow, Berkeley engineer to deliver March 17 Hall Lecture on robot learning and safety in avionics

Mar. 4, 2021—Claire Tomlin is a pioneer in hybrid control systems research, particularly aeronautical applications to address problems in aircraft flight control and collision avoidance. She has developed algorithms to help determine when unsafe conditions may arise as variables and interactions become increasingly complex. Her work includes issues of autonomous control of a team of unmanned aerial...

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Mar. 4, 2021—Solutions is published biannually by the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Office of Communications. Editor Pamela Coyle Writers Pamela Coyle, Brenda Ellis, Marissa Shapiro, and Jenna Somers, Design and Illustration Mary Alice Bernal, Finn Partners Southeast Cover Mary Alice Bernal, Finn Partners Southeast Photographers Joe Howell, Emily Meeting, Anne Rayner, John Russell, and Susan Urmy About the...

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Photonics discovery portends dramatic efficiencies in silicon chips

Mar. 1, 2021—A team led by Vanderbilt engineers has achieved the ability to transmit two different types of optical signals across a single chip at the same time. The breakthrough heralds a potentially dramatic increase in the volume of data a silicon chip can transmit over any period of time. With this project, the research team moved...

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