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Sandra J. Rosenthal, DirectorWelcome to the website of the Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering –– VINSE!

VINSE is comprised of 54 faculty members from the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, and the School of Medicine.  Created in 2001 with Academic Venture Capital Fund support from Vanderbilt’s endowment, VINSE hit the ground running by quickly building a small suite of laboratories for nanofabrication and nanocharacterization and working cooperatively with many departments to hire a cadre of nanoscience-oriented faculty.  Our primary research areas include nanobio/nanomedicine, nano-energy, nanoscale optics, nano electronics, computational nanoscience, and new nanoscale materials.  We have built graduate, undergraduate, and outreach educational programs while growing our faculty and adding additional experimental capabilities.  VINSE faculty now span 13 academic departments; our graduate educational arm is the Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science; our undergraduate program is the Minor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology; we organize classroom visitation and on-site High School Field Trip outreach programs; and we are building an expanded suite of core facilities in the new Engineering and Science Building. 

Every single day, VINSE faculty, staff and students stretch the boundaries of nanoscience to advance our research, education, and outreach missions while fully embracing Vanderbilt University’s values of equality, collegiality, compassion and excellence in all endeavors.

Please peruse these pages to see who we are and what we do and to learn about our capabilities.


Sandra J. Rosenthal
Jack and Pamela Egan Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Physics, Pharmacology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Director, Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering