At Vanderbilt, the College of Arts and Science, School and Engineering, and the Medical Center are collectively involved in interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology that encompass four major thrust areas:
Nanoscale materials may be conveniently incorporated into biological systems. The renowned Vanderbilt School of Medicine provides multiple opportunities to explore the nanoscale manipulation of matter within biology and medicine and gives us a significant vehicle for understanding the molecular interaction between organic and non-organic materials. A variety of research projects have been launched to delve into questions of nanoscale inorganic materials and devices and their interaction with the human body.
As the size of silicon transistors quickly approaches the ultimate limit, the atomic size, alternative materials and approaches are required. VINSE research groups investigate possible electronic architectures that exploit quantum-mechanical effects and study novel electronic materials including graphene and carbon nanotubes.
Nanoscience and nanotechnology have the potential to create fundamentally new ways of controlling light. Applications range from biomedical research to ultra-fast devices. Control of light on the nano-scale promises faster computers, new biomedical devices, and new science exploring the behaviors of light with sub-wave length materials.
Theory and modeling play a seminal and prominent role in nanoscience. Theory and modeling make prediction and design possible. VINSE includes such programs that embrace the topic from the atomic scale through the solid-state.
Nanotechnology and New Materials
Materials innovation and materials fabrication are at the very heart of nanoscale science and engineering. VINSE research in new materials includes work in nanoscale semiconductors, nanoscale diamond technology, crystallographic phase transitions, energy-conversion devices, and thin films.