Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

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Matt Smylie

Department of Physics
University of Notre Dame
Office: 225 Nieuwland Science Hall
Lab: B-018 Bldg 223, Argonne National Laboratory
Phone: 630-252-9012
Email: msmylie@nd.edu

Matt received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in February 2015 to support his project entitled Irradiation-based Increase in HTSC Critical Current Densities. (Project Period: 5/1/15 - 4/30/17)

Matt Smylie received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame in 2010, where he synthesized and characterized a number of novel magnetic superconductors via SQUID magnetometry, transport, electron spin resonance, and powder diffractometry measurements under Prof. Howard Blackstead. Matt then joined the Superconductivity and Magnetism group at Argonne National Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher under Dr. Alex Snezhko, where he designed, built, and operated a Tunnel-diode Oscillator (TDO), a unique instrument for measuring magnetic properties of superconductors at sub-Kelvin temperatures. While still at Argonne in the fall of 2014, Matt taught at Notre Dame as a Visiting Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, where he began a collaboration with the Nuclear Structure Lab in the Physics Department to use their particle accelerators to further his investigation into irradiation-induced enhancement of critical current density in superconductors; he is now continuing that work with Prof. Boldizsar Janko at Notre Dame in partnership with his former group at Argonne.

 

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Chad Stephenson

Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Office: 131 Stinson-Remick Hall
Phone:  574-631-1290
E-mail: Stephenson.15@nd.edu

Chad received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in December 2014 to support his project entitled Band Structure Engineering for Enhanced Free Carrier Absorption in Photovoltaics. (Project Period:  5/1/15 - 4/30/17)

Chad Stephenson received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2015.  His dissertation research focused on the growth and simulation of direct bandgap germanium alloys. He showed, using first-principles models, that incorporating a small amount of carbon in germanium will initially decrease the bandgap and create a direct bandgap alloy for potential Group IV integrated photonics applications. Chad’s current research explores the advantages germanium alloys have in advanced photovoltaic designs. He is working with Prof. Mark Wistey in the Department of Electrical Engineering to investigate optimal materials and structures for core-shell upconverting nanostructures to improve low energy light collection in photovoltaics for dramatically improved efficiency.
 

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Jacob Weidman

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Office:  A71B Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering
Phone:  304-282-8569
Email:  jweidman@nd.edu

Jacob received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in January 2017 to support his project entitled Elucidating the Effects of Nanoscale Structure and Chemistry on Water and Salt Transport through Charge Mosaic Membranes. (Project Period:  8/1/15 - 7/31/17)

Jacob Weidman completed his B.S. in chemical engineering at West Virginia University in 2011 and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame in 2016. His Ph.D. career was under Professor William Phillip and focused on the development of a novel ultrafiltration membrane platform from block polymer precursors for water filtration applications. Recently, his focus at Notre Dame has been in pursuit of membrane fabrication on a large scale for the removal of heavy metal ions from contaminated water sources and membrane functionalization for enhanced biopharmaceutical separations by chemical affinity.

 

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Maksym Zhukovskyi

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Notre Dame
Office:  341 Radiation Lab
Lab:  324 Radiation Lab
Phone:  574-631-7441
Email:  mzhukovs@nd.edu

Maksym received his ND Energy Postodoctoral Fellowship in October 2015 to support his project entitled Single Particle Screening of Photocatalytic Events in 2D Metal Chalcogenide Nanostructures. (Project Period: 12/1/2015 - 11/30/2017)

Maksym Zhukovskyi completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in 2006.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Chuiko Institute of Surface Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 2012.  During his Ph.D., Maksym worked under the supervision of Prof. Anna Eremenko and Dr. Natalia Smirnova.  His research dealt with development of sol-gel synthesis of mesoporous metal oxide nanostructures, coloidal synthesis of noble metal and metal chalcogenide nanostructures for photocatalytic application (photodegradation of organic and inorganic environmental pollutants and photocatalytic hydrogen generation).  In September 2012, Maksym joined Prof. Masaru Kuno’s group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame as a postdoctoral research associate, where he continues to work on the design and development of low dimensional metal chalcogenide materials for photocatalytic application.

 
 

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Gary Zaiats

Radiation Laboratory
University of Notre Dame
Office: Radiation Laboratory, room 211
Phone:  574-631-6163
Email:  gzaiats@nd.edu

Gary received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in January 2016 to support his project entitled Photovoltaic Aspects of Metal Decorated CuInS2 and ZnS-CuInS2 Nanostructure Thin Films. (Project period 4/1/2016-3/31/2017)

Gary Zaiats received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (2002), M.Sc. in Materials Engineering (2010), and Ph.D. in Chemistry (2015), all the degrees were obtained from Technion, Israel. Besides his academic training, Gary worked on R&D projects for IDF where he focused on formulation of rubber blends, characterization and simulation (including failure analysis) under static loads at varying environmental conditions. During the PhD project, under the supervision of Professor Efrat Lifshitz, he examined properties of PbSe/CdSe core/shell nanoparticles, including morphology, stability, simulation of charge distribution and coupling to plasmonic excitation.  Gary joined the group of Prof. Prashant Kamat in July 2015 as a postdoctoral research associate. His current research focuses on understanding charge dynamics in multinary quantum dots for photovoltaic applications. When Gary is not in the lab, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and running.
 

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Yi Shi

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Notre Dame
Office: 370 Stepan Chemistry Hall
Phone: 574-631-0967
Email: yshi3@nd.edu

Yi received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in April 2016 to support his project entitled Construct Dendritic Polymers with Layered Structures for Light Harvesting. (Project period 7/1/2016-6/30/2017)

Yi Shi obtained his Ph.D. in Polymer Physics and Chemistry from the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ICCAS) in 2013, under the supervision of Prof. Yongming Chen. During his Ph.D., his research was mainly focused on the synthesis and application of structurally defined nanostructured polymers, including the synthesis and self-assembly of hybrid molecular bottlebrushes. After his graduation, he joined Prof. Haifeng Gao’s group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame as a postdoctoral research associate. His research at Notre Dame is focused on developing a new method that can achieve one-pot synthesis of hyperbranched polymers with high molecular weights, low polydispersity and segmented dendritic structures.

 

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Ashkan Zeinalzadeh


Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Office: 228A Cushing Hall
Phone: 808-220-8796
Email: azeinalz@nd.edu

Ashkan received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in February 2016 to support his project entitled Real Time Pricing in the Presence of High Penetration of Solar Energies. (Project Period:  7/1/16 - 6/30/17)
 

Ashkan received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and master's degree in Mathematics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2013 and was with the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute from 2013 to 2015. His prior research was on optimization and control of power distribution systems with distributed energy resources and energy storage. In addition, he developed a controller to regulate the voltage at the point of common coupling (PCC) of solar PV systems. This controller was based on a stochastic model to minimize the risk of voltage rise. His background and research interests are in the areas of high-penetration renewable energy integration on the electric grid, energy storage system integration, demand response management, distribution system modeling for renewables integration. He is currently working with Prof. Vijay Gupta in the Department of Electrical Engineering on designing energy markets to facilitate the integration of renewable energies into the electric grid.

 

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Paul Rumbach

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Office: 321 Cushing Hall
Phone: 574-631-5430
Email: prumbach@nd.edu

Paul received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in April 2016 to support his project entitled Understanding Pre-solvated Electrons and their Kinetics. (Project Period:  7/31/16 - 7/30/17)

Paul received his B.S. degrees in math and physics at Indiana University in 2010.  In 2015, he earned his Ph.D. in aerospace and mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, where he has remained as an instructor and post-doctoral research fellow.  His current research is focused on understanding the transport and free radical chemistry of plasma-liquid interfaces.  In particular, he has developed an experimental method for optically measuring solvated electrons produced by the plasma. He is currently working with Dr. David Go in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Dr. David Bartels in the Notre Dame Radiation Research Laboratory. 

 

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Yaofa Li

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Office: 224C Multidisciplinary Research Building
Phone: 574 -631-1489
Email: yli26@nd.edu

Yaofa received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in August 2016 to support his project entitled Ensuring Long-Term Security of Stored CO2: Fundamental Studies of the Multiphase Flow of Water and Liquid/Supercritical CO2 in 2D Heterogeneous Porous Micromodels. (Project Period: 8/1/16 - 7/31/17)

Yaofa Li is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Microfluidics Laboratory for Energy and the Environment directed by Prof. Kenneth Christensen at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015 on thermo/soluto-capillary flows and microscale evaporative cooling. He joined Dr. Christensen’s group in July 2015, following his graduation. His current research efforts focus on experimentally studying geological sequestration of CO2, specifically, characterizing pore-scale flow interactions between liquid CO2 and water at reservoir conditions, using fluorescent microscopy and the micro-PIV technique.

   

Jarrod Schiffbauer

 

Jarrod Schiffbauer

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Office: 357C Fitzpatrick-Cushing Hall
Email: Jarrod.Schiffbauer.1@nd.edu

Jarrod received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in August 2016 to support his project entitled Plasmonic Enhancement of Solar-thermal Water Desalination in a Functionalized Au-SiO2 Shell-core Nanoparticle-loaded Multi-layered Microporous Wick. (Project Period: 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2017)

Jarrod Schiffbauer earned his PhD in Physics from West Virginia University in Aug. 2011, where he studied electrokinetic transport in microchannel-nanocapillary membrane devices under Prof. Boyd Edwards, developing a theory of fluidic rectification due to geometric asymmetry. He then began an independent collaboration with Prof. Evgeny Demekhin (Kuban State University, Russian Federation) before taking a postdoctoral position at Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology (Feb 2012) under Prof. Gilad Yossifon. In his research at Technion, Jarrod also studied electrokinetic transport—specifically, theoretical study and experimental characterization of cooperative effects between electro-osmotic flow, surface conduction, and ion-selective electrodiffusion in micro-nanochannel devices with applications in desalination, biomedical devices, and energy harvesting. During this time, he began collaborative work with Prof. Hsueh-Chia Chang on related topics involving conical pores and membrane sensors, continued collaboration with Prof. Demekhin, and began collaboration with Prof. Ali Mani (Stanford University) on various aspects of electrokinetic vortex formation. In January 2016, Jarrod joined the Molecular-level Energy and Mass Transport laboratory under Prof. Tengfei Luo to study role of surface functionalization and structure on bubble nucleation and heat transport at liquid-nanostructured solid interfaces with focus on both biomedical and energy/environmental applications. Jarrod’s ND Energy fellowship project, co-advised by Profs. Luo and Chang, concerns the study and development of composite micro-nanostructures for efficient solar-powered desalination/water purification.

 

 

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