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.


Notre Dame’s College of Engineering to educate students to meet 'Grand Challenges'

March 26, 2015

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Peter Kilpatrick, Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, was in attendance Monday (March 23) as a letter of commitment was presented to President Barack Obama, announcing that 122 U.S. engineering schools plan to educate a new generation of engineers expressly equipped to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing society in the 21st century.

These “Grand Challenges,” identified through initiatives such as the White House Strategy for American Innovation, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenges for Engineering and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, include complex yet critical goals such as engineering better medicines, making solar energy even more cost-competitive, securing cyberspace and advancing personalized learning tools to deliver better education to more individuals.

Inaugural survey on the state of corporate adaptation underway

March 24, 2015


The University of Notre Dame’s Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) and Four Twenty Seven, with support from Business for Social Responsibility, have launched the inaugural State of Corporate Adaptation survey to provide unprecedented insight on how private sector players are addressing the need to adapt complex business operations to a changing climate.

GLOBES Certificate Open to ND Energy Graduate Students

March 20, 2015 • Categories: Annual Report


The GLOBES Interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Environment and Society and the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) are pleased to form a new partnership to advance interdisciplinary graduate education in energy studies. This partnership will promote the pursuit of GLOBES certificates by graduate students affiliated with ND Energy. The partnership also promotes the growth of a campus-wide community of scholars who reach across disciplines and discover better environmental and energy research solutions.

Congratulations to the ND Energy Award Winners at the Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair – NIRSEF

March 19, 2015


The Northern Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held at the University of Notre Dame Stepan Hall on Saturday February 28, 2015. The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) sponsored monetary awards and certificates for the top energy related projects at the middle school level and the high school level. We are pleased to announce the winners of these awards.…

Energy Department Releases New Wind Report, Examines Future of Industry

March 16, 2015

In support of the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to diversify our nation’s power supplies, the Energy Department today released a new report looking at the future of wind power through 2050 and the economic benefits that come with a robust wind industry. The report, Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States

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Lecture: “Scientism and the Myth of the 'Warfare' between Science and Religion"

Thu Mar 26, 2015 • 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Lawrence Principe, Professor of Chemistry and the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University

The notion that there exists, and has always existed, a “warfar...

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