New Faculty Join cSEND
cSEND is delighted to welcome two new faculty. Dr. Amy Hixon, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, and Dr. Hyungrok Do, Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Hixon and her research group are studying how processes at the mineral-water interface control actinide behavior. Dr. Do and his research group are interested in interdisciplinary approaches tackling various engineering problems with a primary focus on plasma assisted combustion, supersonic combustion, fuel reforming, and plasma aided flow control.
Orr Nominated for DOE’s Under Secretary for Science
Dr. Franklin M. Orr, member of cSEND’s Technical Advisory Board, has been nominated by President Obama for Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy. Dr. Orr is the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor in Petroleum Engineering, Energy Resources Engineering Department Director, and Precourt Institute for Energy Director at Stanford University. Read more
cSEND Personnel Update
There have been some recent changes within cSEND personnel, and among these changes are the vacancies in the managing director and (part-time) education and outreach program director positions and the retirement of Dr. Ken Henderson as associate director. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Greg Hartland and Dr. Bill Schneider as our new associate directors, representing key areas of the University, as well as Elizabeth Westfall as our education and outreach coordinator, primarily responsible for developing energy-centered educational opportunities and programs for our students and the surrounding communities and for administering the Energy Studies Minor and energy-related Research Experiences for Teachers program.
A list of cSEND personnel is provided below along with a link to contact information.
Joan F. Brennecke, cSEND Director
Gregory Hartland, cSEND Associate Director (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
William Schneider, cSEND Associate Director (Chemical Engineering)
Ian Lightcap, Senior Scientist and Facilities Manager
Jennifer Pavlick, Office Assistant
Barbara Villarosa, Administrative Services Program Manager
Elizabeth Westfall, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Proposals and Awards
During calendar year 2013, cSEND experienced a 29% increase in proposals and a 38% increase in awards over the previous year. cSEND faculty submitted 64 proposals to external funding agencies, totaling more than $54M, and received over $10M in funding to conduct energy-related research at Notre Dame. This represents a total of 61 awards of which 16 of them were new. Congratulations to five of our junior faculty who received new awards from the American Chemical Society and the Department of Energy.
Two major research projects funded by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) were completed this year. And while these projects were wrapping up, another one was just beginning. These projects, led respectively by principal investigators Dr. Joan Brennecke, Dr. William Schneider, and Dr. Grace Xing, are highlighted below.
CO2 Capture with Ionic Liquids Involving Phase Change ($2.5M).
Led by Dr. Joan Brennecke
, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Notre Dame’s team of researchers in collaboration with MATRIC (Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research, & Innovation Center) worked to develop a new CO2
capture process that uses special ionic liquids (ILs) to remove CO2
from the gas exhaust of coal-fired power plants to enable the reduction of significant greenhouse gas emissions. Read more
Compact, Efficient Air Conditioning with Ionic Liquid-based Refrigerants ($2.8M).
Led by Dr. William Schneider
, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Notre Dame’s team of researchers in collaboration with Creative Thermal Solutions (CRT), Inc. worked to develop an air-conditional system with a new ionic liquid and CO2
as the working fluid to decrease the use of conventional, polluting refrigerants and increase the energy efficiency of air conditioners. Read more
PolarJETT Novel Vertical GaN Power Transistor ($2.5M)
. Led by Dr. Grace Xing
, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Notre Dame’s team of researchers will work to develop an innovative high-efficiency gallium nitride (GaN) power switch, significantly smaller and operated at much higher performance levels than conventional power switches, making it ideal for use in a variety of power electronics applications. This project also will reuse expensive GaN materials and utilize conventional low-cost production methods to keep costs down. If successful, the miniature, high-performance, low-cost GaN power transistors could make silicon switches obsolete. Read more
eph Manser, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, is shown on the cover of the February 24, 2014 issue of Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) Magazine
. The feature story on Perovskite Solar Cells
covers the recent research progress across different labs. For more information on Perovskite Solar Cells, please view the YouTube narrative video
, which was filmed mostly in the Prashant Kamat Lab
at Notre Dame.