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Clare M. McCabe

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry
Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate School
Director, VINSE Research Experience for Undergraduates


The McCabe group uses molecular modeling to understand the thermodynamic and transport properties of nanomaterials and biological systems. Current projects including developing novel lubricants for nano-scale devices, understanding the self-assembly of skin lipids, and developing theoretical tools to understand how to control the dispersion and aggregation of nanoparticle based systems.


AIChE CoMSEF Impact Award, 2014
Vanderbilt Institute for Nanoscale Science and Engineering Distinguished Service Award, 2014
Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2011
2010 School of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010
Jacob Wallenberg Foundation Fellowship from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, 2007 - 2010
ACS Women Chemists Committee Lectureship Award, Fall 2002
UGC Scholarship, University of Sheffield, 1995-1998
Haworth Medal for Chemistry, University of Sheffield, 1995

Selected Publications:

Simulation Study of the Structure and Phase Behavior of Ceramide Bilayers and the Role of Lipid Headgroup Chemistry. Guo, S; Moore, TC; Iacovella, CR; Strickland, LA; McCabe, C, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION, 9, 5116-5126 , (2013) View Abstract

A simulation study of the self-assembly of coarse-grained skin lipids. Hadley, KR; McCabe, C, SOFT MATTER, 8, 4802-4814 , (2012) View Abstract

Frictional Properties of Mixed Fluorocarbon/Hydrocarbon Silane Monolayers: A Simulation Study. Lewis, JB; Vilt, SG; Rivera, JL; Jennings, GK; McCabe, C, LANGMUIR, 28, 14218-14226 , (2012) View Abstract

Molecular Dynamics Study of the Behavior of Selected Nanoscale Building Blocks in a Gel-Phase Lipid Bilayer. Redmill, PS; McCabe, C, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 114, 9165-9172 , (2010) View Abstract