Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame


The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) is a University Research Center whose mission is to advance innovative energy related research, education and outreach programs to address the global challenges of creating a more sustainable energy future. ND Energy is built upon the foundations laid by the Notre Dame Energy Center (NDEC) – a College of Engineering research center (initiated in 2005) and the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) – a Strategic Research Investment (funded by the University in 2010).




Thomson Reuters names three Notre Dame faculty among the world’s most influential scientific minds

July 21, 2014

Thomson Reuters The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014

University of Notre Dame faculty members Joan Brennecke, Bertrand Hochwald and Prashant Kamat have been named to Thomson Reuters’ list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014.”

The list includes more than 3,200 scientists around the world who have published the highest number of articles that are cited the most frequently by other researchers. The list was compiled from two separate Thomson Reuters studies analyzed for publication and citation data from 21 broad fields of study, ranging from chemistry to social sciences.

Heino Nitsche Dies Unexpectedly

July 16, 2014 • Categories: Annual Report


It is with tremendous sadness that we report the death of chemistry professor, Heino Nitsche (member of the Center’s Technical Advisory Board since 2011), who died unexpectedly the morning of July 15. Born July 24, 1949 in Munich, Germany, Heino earned his Ph.D. in 1980 at the Free University of Berlin and joined the University of California at Berkeley

Burns Named Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy

July 11, 2014 • Categories: Annual Report


In a recent announcement made by Robert J. Bernhard, vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame, Peter C. Burns, the Henry J. Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Notre Dame Energy Frontier Research Center receives further DOE funding

July 07, 2014

Graduate engineering research in Peter Burns' lab in Stinson-Remick

A University of Notre Dame research center has once again been designated an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and will receive funding to help accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy.

Notre Dame collaborating with five partners to build nation’s top turbine engine component research and testing facility

June 30, 2014

Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility

The University of Notre Dame and five public and private partners announced today Thursday (June 26) a $36 million project that 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.

Construction in South Bend’s Ignition Park on a 43,000-square-foot building — of which 25,000 square feet will be for the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Facility — will begin this summer and be completed by March. The facility will be fully operational in July 2016.

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