Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame



Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  Are you interested in the future of energy around the world? If so, then you might be interested in joining the ND Energy Student Activities Board! Members will plan and participate in activities both on- and off-campus to raise awareness of the most critical topics in energy today. ND Energy is now accepting applications for 2015. Applications are due Monday, December 8, 2014. Notifications will be made by Friday, December 12, 2014. If you are interested, please complete an online application here.  For more information about the Student Activities Board and board positions, please click here.

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.


2014 ND-GAIN results show that Norway is most prepared for climate change

November 06, 2014

Lofoten, Norway

Norway is the best prepared country for climate change, and has been so for almost 20 years, according to data released Wednesday (Nov. 5) by the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN).

ND-GAIN is the world’s leading annual index that ranks more than 175 countries based on their vulnerability to climate change and their readiness to adapt to the droughts, superstorms and natural disasters that climate change can cause.

Siemens Regional Competition scheduled for Friday and Saturday

November 05, 2014 • Categories: Annual Report

Siemens Foundation

The University of Notre Dame will host a regional final of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students, Friday and Saturday (Nov. 7-8).

Green Lab Spotlight: ND Energy

November 05, 2014


The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) is dedicated to supporting energy related research and moving toward sustainable energy solutions.energy_nd


Notre Dame’s junior faculty achieve record success in nationally competitive awards

October 28, 2014

National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized eight University of Notre Dame faculty from the Colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering and Science for their excellence in research with an Early Career Development (CAREER) Award. Additionally, two faculty members have been awarded Young Investigator Program (YIP) Awards from the Army Research Office.

Groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate $35 million gift from McCourtneys for research facility

October 14, 2014

McCourtney Hall, west elevation

The University of Notre Dame will celebrate the generosity of alumnus Ted H. McCourtney and his wife, Tracy, in a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday (Oct. 4) for a world-class research facility to be named in their honor.

McCourtney Hall, to be located on the east side of the Notre Dame campus near Hesburgh Library, will be a 220,000-square-foot building underwritten by a $35 million gift from the McCourtneys.

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Radioactivity in the Environment: What's the Risk?

Sat Nov 22, 2014 • 12:00PM - 1:00PM


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