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NUANCE: Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center

Groundbreaking NUANCE Research Published in Nature Communications

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NUANCE researchers, from left: Paul Smeets, Xiaobing Hu, Vinayak Dravid, Kunmo Koo

Led by NUANCE's Epic TEM Facility Manager Xiaobing Hu and NUANCE Director Vinayak Dravid, as well as NUANCE's Paul Smeets, PhD, and Kunmo Koo, PhD, a team of scientists using state-of-the-art technology, has moved closer to cracking the vaterite CaCO3 code. A form of calcium carbonate, vaterite CaCO3 is an unstable compound that has perplexed researchers for near a century. Investigators have not been able to fully comprehend the compound’s structure, limiting its wide applications. However, vaterite CaCO3’s unique properties hold the potential to impact research in a variety of fields, including biology, medicine, materials science, and environmental science. 

You can read all about this exciting breakthrough in Northwestern Now, as well as the published research in the November 29, 2023 edition of Nature Communications here! Congratulations NUANCE Team!!