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The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) is a University Research Center whose mission is to foster and grow energy-related research toward sustainable and affordable energy solutions, to support energy-related education and outreach throughout the Notre Dame and surrounding communities, and to influence the national and global discussions of the most pressing energy policy issues and questions of our time. ND Energy plays a pivotal role in developing new and improved energy technologies and systems and focuses on developing engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and social scientists to be leaders in their disciplines and literate in the systems of energy production and use. 


Physicist Jay LaVerne named AAAS fellow

November 24, 2015

Jay LaVerne

Jay LaVerne, professional specialist in the University of Notre Dame’s Radiation Laboratory and a concurrent research professor of physics, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of his efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.

LaVerne’s research concerns the examination of the energy loss, charge and other properties of ionizing radiation and to elucidate the fundamental radiolytic decomposition of molecules and the subsequent kinetics of the reactive transients.

Countries on the rebound making significant climate adaptation progress, ND-GAIN data show

November 20, 2015

ND-GAIN 2015 Movers Map

In the lead-up to 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 21), 10 countries have come from behind to make marked progress in their ability to withstand the shocks and stresses of climate change, while five are distinctly less resilient, according to data released Tuesday (Nov. 17) by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).

Over the last five years, the 10 countries that have made the biggest jump on the ND-GAIN Country Index to become better climate adapters are Cote d’Ivoire, Laos, Georgia, The Philippines, Russia, Poland, Rwanda, Mongolia, Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

Rev. Jenkins urges dialogue at Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education

November 20, 2015

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.

Invited by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education to a meeting of Catholic educators from around the world at the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo near Rome, University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on Thursday (Nov. 19) cited Pope Francis and the late Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of Notre Dame, in urging that Catholic universities serve as “both a beacon for the world, which shows the light of the Gospel, and a crossroads, where genuine seekers of truth can come together in dialogue.”

Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2015)

November 16, 2015


ND Energy is pleased to share the following information about Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2015) originally published by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute on November 6, 2015.

This fact sheet examines employment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in the United States and around the world. The job figures cited below are sourced from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as international organizations, national non-profits, think tanks and national trade associations. Due to the lack of a single body conducting job surveys, EESI has collected information from a number of sources which employ different research methodologies and different job definitions in their work. This makes it somewhat problematic to compare job estimates directly. In addition, EESI must occasionally refer to reports that are somewhat dated, due to a lack of more recently released information. This fact sheet represents a best effort to survey the status of renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs from the data that is publicly available.…

Video: From Water Purification to Better Batteries, Notre Dame Engineers are Advancing Research for the Good of the World

November 13, 2015 • Categories: Annual Report and ND Energy

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) has long been a strong area of research at Notre Dame, with historical expertise in catalysis, fluid mechanics, reaction engineering, and thermodynamics. Learn more about some of the research projects that CBE in a new video.

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MCF Workshop – High Resolution X-Ray Diffraction

Fri Dec 4, 2015 • 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Friday, December 4th, 2015                          10:00 am – ...

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Laudato Lunches

Fri Dec 4, 2015 • 12:30PM - 1:30PM

ND Energy is pleased to announce and support the upcoming lunches surrounding the encyclical Laudato Si by Pope Francis. MARK YOUR CALENDAR and please plan to join us for reflection and ...

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