Kudos to ND Energy faculty who have received nationally acclaimed awards and recognitions. Dr. William Phillip
, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, received a Young Membrane Scientist Award
from the North American Membrane Society. Dr. Jason Hicks
, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been recognized by the American Society of Engineering Education as a Leader in Engineering Education
. Dr. Huili (Grace) Xing
, Professor of Electrical Engineering, received the 2014 Young Scientist Award
by the International Symposium for Compound Semiconductors. The National Science Foundation (NSF) honored the following ND Energy faculty with Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards
– Dr. Jason Hicks
, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Dr. Franklin Tao
, (former) Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dr. Haifeng Gao
, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Dr. William Phillip
, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Amy Hixon
, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, received an Early Career Award
from the Department of Homeland Security. The University has recognized Dr. Mark Caprio
, Associate Professor of Physics and ND Energy faculty member, with the prestigious Joyce Teaching Excellence Award
. Two ND Energy faculty were named to Thomas Reuters’ list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014
. Dr. Joan Brennecke
, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Dr. Prashant Kamat
, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Radiation Laboratory, are joined by more than 3,200 scientists from around the world who have published the highest number of articles that have been cited the most frequently by other researchers.
ND Energy says goodbye to a gifted and talented friend, colleague, and fellow researcher. Dr. Heino Nitsche
, Professor of Chemistry at the University of California-Berkeley and member of the ND Energy Technical Advisory Board, died unexpectedly in his home in California the morning of July 15th
. Dr. Nitsche was a world-renowned and accomplished scientist in actinides. We are truly saddened by this loss and will miss our gifted and talented friend, colleague, and fellow researcher. Read more
Energy-related proposals and awards from January through September 2014.
Since January, ND Energy faculty have submitted 50 energy-related research proposals for external funding, totaling more than $47 million. To date, the University has received 28 awards, totaling more than $7 million in external funding, to conduct energy-related research at Notre Dame.
University reports an all-time high in research funding.
The University has reported the highest level of overall research funding in a non-stimulus year for fiscal year 2014 (July 2013 – June 2014). Receiving $113 million in research awards, this represents a $17 million increase over the previous year. Read more
Notre Dame’s EFRC is renewed.
The Notre Dame EFRC, titled Materials Science of Actinides
, was renewed for another 4 years, bringing the overall total of funding received from the U.S. Department of Energy to over $30 million ($18.5 million for the first 5 years starting in 2009 and $12 million for the next 4 years starting in 2014). Directed by Dr. Peter Burns
, Henry J. Massman Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, the EFRC involves participants from several other universities and a national laboratory and will seek to understand and control materials that contain actinides at the nanoscale, which is intended to lay the scientific foundation for advanced nuclear energy systems that may provide much more energy while creating less nuclear waste. Read more
Researchers at Notre Dame offer insights into a new class of semiconducting materials.
A new paper by researchers Joseph Manser, a graduate student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Dr. Prashant Kamat, Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science, describes their investigations of the fundamental optical properties of a new class of semiconducting materials known as organic-inorganic “hybrid” perovskites. Read more
Notre Dame and five public and private partners announced a $36 million project to advance research and new technologies in turbomachinery.
The Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility, housed in South Bend’s Ignition Park, will be the nation’s foremost research and test facility for advancing the technology used in the massive gas turbine engines used by commercial and military aircraft, power plants, and the oil and gas industry. According to University President, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., “This venture will be a cutting-edge research and testing facility for the turbine engine industry as well as a tremendous economic driver for our region.” The facility will be fully operational in July 2016. Read more
Notre Dame receives award from 3ie to design impact evaluation in Mozambique.
The Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) will work with faculty and staff from the Universidade Católica de Moçambique
(UCM) to assess the impacts of early warning systems for climate-related disasters in Mozambique, an area extremely susceptible to natural disasters and climate change due to its dense population and low-lying coastal and river zones. Notre Dame’s research team will be led by Dr. Jessica Hellmann, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Director of ND-GAIN, and ND Energy faculty member. Read more
Notre Dame signs agreement with Heidelberg University.
This agreement will serve as the basis for exploration of joint research, academic exchanges, and other cooperative activities between the two institutions. Read more
Notre Dame breaks ground on new $35 million research facility.
The University recently celebrated the generosity of alumnus Ted H. McCourtney and his wife, Tracy, during a groundbreaking ceremony for McCourtney Hall, a world-class research facility, located on the east side of campus near Hesburgh Library. This 220,000-square-foot building will create, for the first time at Notre Dame, space for highly collaborative, state-of-the-art research that crosses the Colleges of Engineering and Science. Read more
The Photoelectrochemical and Electrochemical Testing Suites are in operation.
The Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) has welcomed two new photo/electrochemical testing suites to its instrumentation lineup. The custom-designed setups include two solar simulators, a Potentiostat with rotating disc electrode and electrochemical impendence capability, a gas sampling loop, and two in-line GCs for long-range stability or gas evolution testing. For a complete list of MCF instrumentation, visit the MCF Website
The MCF was recently spotlighted by the Office of Sustainability. Read full article
ND Energy announces the ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
Postdoctoral researchers at the University of Notre Dame have the ability to receive additional funding through the competitive ND Energy fellowship program to support their energy-related research projects and boost their chances for external funding. ND Energy expects to fund up to 15 fellowships this year and will be announcing the inaugural fellows very soon.
Education and Outreach
The NSF Research Experiences for Teachers was another success.
Administered by ND Energy, the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) on Engineering a More Sustainable Energy Future
was held June 16 – August 1, 2014 on Notre Dame’s campus. One middle school teacher and fourteen high school teachers participated in the seven-week program, funded by the National Science Foundation. Fourteen research labs provided a host of different topics for teachers to study and perform research in order to develop new curriculum for their classrooms. Read more
The Art 2 Science Camp, sponsored by the Joint Institute of Nuclear Physics at Notre Dame, ignites stellar imaginations through an integrated STEM approach to learning.
ND Energy faculty member, Dr. Amy Hixon
, provided young campers a feel for how research is conducted in the Art 2 Science camp this last summer. Amy and her graduate students explored the Diet Coke/Mentos geyser reaction as an example of her research into how processes at the mineral-water interface control actinide behavior. Dr. Hixon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. See video highlights
The Energy Studies Minor continues to gain popularity.
Eighteen students have graduated with the minor since it began in 2011. Ten students graduated last spring, and an anticipated twelve will be graduating this coming spring. The students enrolled in the minor come from all colleges, predominately engineering, science and business.
Energy Week 2014 was successful in raising awareness on campus of energy-related issues.
Held from October 6-10, activities included displays in South Quad, research posters, exploration of careers, a panel discussion about hydraulic fracturing, and lecture about the future of energy from our Director, Peter Burns. Read more