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 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.


ND Energy Participates in Science Alive! 2015

February 09, 2015 • Categories: Annual Report

The annual Science Alive! event at the St. Joseph County Public Library downtown South Bend was a success for both the attescience_alive_aep_bikendees and the volunteers. Thank you to our partner, Mark Robinson from American Electric Power, for bringing the energy bike and working all day with us to educate children about sustainable energy.…

Blowing in the Right Direction: Notre Dame Professor Wins Department of Energy Funding as Part of International Consortium on Wind Energy Forecasting

January 16, 2015

Harinda Joseph Fernando, Wayne and Diana Murdy Endowed Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, has received funding from the Department of Energy (DoE) on wind forecasting improvements.…

Notre Dame receives Gold rating for sustainability achievements

January 07, 2015

stars_gold_seal_1_The University of Notre Dame has earned a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.


ND-GAIN funded by Kresge Foundation to develop U.S. Urban Adaptation Assessment

January 07, 2015

Smog in L.A.

The University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) will lead an adaptation advisory committee to determine local adaptation indicators for the United States, using these indicators to create a five-city pilot urban adaptation assessment.

Aprahamian elected chair of APS Division of Nuclear Physics and chair of Physics Today committee

January 07, 2015


Ani Aprahamian, the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to chair of the American Physical Society’s Division of Nuclear Physics for 2014-2015. The Division of Nuclear Physics, founded in 1966, involves scientists and educators who focus on understanding nuclei, the first moments of the universe, the origin of the elements, and the potential application of nuclei and nuclear techniques for social benefit. It is one of 14 divisions in the American Physical Society.…

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