Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

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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, support energy related education and outreach throughout the Notre Dame and surrounding communities, and 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. 

To support scientific advancements and new or improved sustainable energy technologies and systems, ND Energy provides world-class research facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation. The Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) provides researchers with modern instrumentation and expertise for solid and liquid materials characterization by surface and thermal analysis and spectroscopic and spectrometric analytical methods, in-situ synthetic studies of complex actinide materials containing trans uranium elements, which is unique in the United States, and developing new functional materials engineered at the nanoscale to effectively capture solar radiation, interfaced with materials that can use that energy to drive useful chemical reactions.


Building the Next Generation of Safety-Related Reinforced Concrete Structures for Nuclear Power Plants

June 29, 2015


Stronger, faster, more reliable — those are the three key words used in a grant proposal to the Department of Energy (DOE) for the development of advanced reinforced concrete technologies to accelerate construction schedules, reduce costs and build safer nuclear power plants. The project, presented by Yahya Kurama

Notre Dame faculty read and react to new encyclical on climate change

June 22, 2015

Pope Francis

University of Notre Dame faculty members continue to comment on the new encyclical Laudato Si’, issued by Pope Francis in Rome on Thursday (June 18).

In an op-ed essay in Wednesday’s edition of the Chicago Tribune, Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., writes that, “It is characteristic of this pope to speak as the Catholic leader but to seek to build bridges to all people who promote friendship and cooperation serving the good of all.

Mary Galvin appointed dean of College of Science

June 18, 2015

Mary Galvin

An accomplished scientist with extensive experience in the academic, government and private sectors, Mary E. Galvin has been appointed the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science at the University of Notre Dame by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president.

Notre Dame scholars expect new encyclical to shine 'holy light' on climate change

June 10, 2015

Pope Francis

Encyclicals are formal letters issued by a pope to the universal Church concerning moral, doctrinal and disciplinary matters. While Pope Francis’ predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, both called for restraint on consumption and care for the earth, Pope Francis, from the very first days of his papacy, has amplified their teaching, making clear his conviction that the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics have a moral responsibility to protect the poor in a climate-changing world.

Join Notre Dame Research at Friday’s Roam the Dome Reunion Event

June 02, 2015


On Friday, June 5th, 2015, Notre Dame Research will take part in the Alumni Association’s Roam the Dome event, when offices in the Main Building open their doors to returning alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of the University.


From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Strategic Research Investments will be outside of Suite 317 for guests to speak with staff about the programs, to learn more about the growing research enterprise at Notre Dame, and to enjoy some Notre Dame Research snacks.

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9th Annual Notre Dame Energy Week 2015

Mon Oct 5, 2015

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Monday, October 5 – Saturday,...

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