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Clare M. McCabe

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


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.


• Chancellors Award for Research, Vanderbilt University, 2018
• 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:

A Transferable, Multi-Resolution Coarse-Grained Model for Amorphous Silica Nanoparticles. Summers, AZ; Iacovella, CR; Cane OM; Cummings, PT; McCabe C, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL THEORY AND COMPUTATION, 15, 3260-3271 , (2019) View Abstract

Effect of Ceramide Tail Length on the Structure of Model Stratum Corneum Lipid Bilayers. Moore, TC; Hartkamp, R; Iacovella, CR; Bunge, AL; McCabe, C, BIOPHYSICAL JOURNAL, 114, 113-125 , (2018) View Abstract

Investigating Alkylsilane Monolayer Tribology at a Single-Asperity Contact with Molecular Dynamics Simulation. Summers, AZ; Iacovella, CR; Cummings, PT; McCabe, C, LANGMUIR, 33, 11270-11280 , (2017) View Abstract

A Coarse-Grained Model of Stratum Corneum Lipids: Free Fatty Acids and Ceramide NS. Moore, TC; Iacovella, CR; Hartkamp, R; Bunge, AL; McCabe, C, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 120, 9944-9958 , (2016) View Abstract

Molecular Dynamics Study of Alkylsilane Mono layers on Realistic Amorphous Silica Surfaces. Black, JE; Iacovella, CR; Cummings, PT; McCabe, C, LANGMUIR, 31, 3086-3093 , (2015) View Abstract