Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Previous Postdoctoral Fellows

 

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Peng Cui

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Notre Dame
Office:  245A Nieuwland Science Hall
Lab:  245B Nieuwland Science Hall
Phone:  574-631-9693
Email:  peng.cui.10@nd.edu

Peng received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in October 2014 to support his  project entitled Late-Transition Metal Pincer-Type Complexes Involving Metal-Ligan Cooperation for Alkane and Small Molecule Activation. (Project Period: 12/1/14 - 9/30/15)

Peng Cui was born in Gansu Province of northwest China and completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Sichuan University in 2005. He obtained his Ph.D. from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2011, under the supervision of Prof. Yaofeng Chen. During his Ph.D., Peng synthesized the divalent rare-earth metal complexes with borabenzene/boratabenzene ligands and trivalent rare-earth metal phosphinidene complexes, and studied their reactivities. He later joined Prof. Jun Okuda's group at RWTH-AAchen Unviersity in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, where his research focused on the molecular hydride complexes of rare-earth metals and main-group metals. After two years in Germany, Peng joined Prof. Vlad Iluc's group at the University of Notre Dame in October 2013, where he switched his research topic to the late-transition metal complexes featuring weak metal-ligand interactions.

 

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Deisy Pena

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Notre Dame
Office: 374 Stepan Hall of Chemistry
Lab:  374 Stepan Hall of Chemistry
Phone:  574-993-0622
Email:  dpenarom@nd.edu

Deisy received her ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in May 2015 to support her project entitled Design and Synthesis of N-heterocyclic Frameworks as Task-specific Ionic Liquids for Gas Absorption (Project Period:  07/16/15 – 10/31/15)

Deisy Pena was born in Caracas (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela) and completed her undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Central University of Venezuela in 2007. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC) in 2014, under the supervision of Dr. Alejandro Arce. During her Ph.D., Deisy synthesized, characterized and studied the reactivity of rhenium and osmium clusters containing functionalized phosphines. After completing her Ph.D., she stayed in Dr. Alejandro Arce’s group as a postdoctoral researcher for six months, performing the synthesis of P-containing conjugated compounds and their transition metal carbonyl cluster derivatives. In November 2014, Deisy joined Prof. Brandon Ashfeld’s group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, where she switched her research topic to explore the design and development of new synthetic methods and their subsequent application in the total synthesis of new materials for carbon capture.
 

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Tao Jiang

Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Office: 357C Fitzpatrick Hall
Lab: A57 Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: 574-631-4681
Email: tjiang1@nd.edu

Tao received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in January 2015 to support his project entitled Nanobubble Steam Generation by Organic Dye Nanoparticles. (Project Period: 3/1/15 - 5/31/16)

Tao Jiang obtained his Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2012. His Ph.D. research is on preparation, characterization and properties of 2D carbon nanomaterials. Upon graduation, he became a postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at North Carolina State University, working on the interface between 2D nanomaterials and flexible substrates, as well as the adhesion of nanomaterials to various substrates. In 2014, he joined Prof. Tengfei Luo’s group in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at University of Notre Dame as a postdoctoral research associate. His present research involves thermal transport across hard-soft and metal-metal material interfaces, and nanobubble steam generation using organic dye loaded nanoparticles.

 

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Yanlin Guo

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
University of Notre Dame
Office: 125A Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: 573-631-2540
Email: yguo1@nd.edu

Yanlin received her ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in July 2015 to support her project entitled The Feasibility and Benefits of Ultra-tall Wind Turbine Towers. (Project Period: 8/16/2015 – 8/15/2016)

Yanlin Guo was born in Lanzhou, China. She completed her undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the Southeast University in Nanjing, China in 2007 and obtained her Master of Philosophy degree in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2010. Later she received her Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2015, under the supervision of Dr. Ahsan Kareem. Her Ph.D. research focused on the dynamics and non-stationary system identification of civil structures. After finishing her Ph.D. study, she remains at Notre Dame and studies the feasibility and benefits of ultra-tall wind turbine towers, under the joint-supervision of Dr. Yahya.Kurama and Dr. Ahsan Kareem.
 

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Ashish Sharma

Environmental Change Initiative (ECI)
University of Notre Dame
Office:  1400 East Angela, Unit 117
Lab:  209
Phone:  574-217-4061
Email:  asharma7@nd.edu    Website

Ashish received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in January 2015 to support his project entitled Energy Sustainable Solutions using Green Infrastructure for an Urban Environment. (Project Period: 3/1/15 - 8/31/16)

Ashish Sharma is a post-doctoral researcher at the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame with Prof. Joe Fernando and Prof. Jessica Hellmann. He is a regional climate modeler by training and received his Ph.D. in regional climate modeling from Arizona State University in 2012 working with Dr. Huei-Ping Huang. His research interests lie in atmospheric sciences and land/ocean-atmosphere interactions at a range of spatial scales (regional to local) that are relevant to the management of human and natural systems. He creates a new generation of high-resolution climate models capable of resolving relatively small-scale processes and impacts in a sufficiently physically based way that they can be used for future climate predictions with increased confidence. Thus, he performs targeted dynamical downscaling experiments with the overarching goal of creating "bridges" between global, regional and micro-scale modeling. He is currently the lead PI on an NCSA and NCAR computational grant to perform numerical modeling for climate extremes in Midwest U.S. His research interests are related to understanding the impact of urbanization on Urban Heat Island (UHI) and lake breeze; influence of soil moisture initialization; impact of subgrid-scale land cover variability; and explicit coupling of lake with regional climate models. He also has research interest in assessing the impact of green/white roofs on UHI to study climate resilience and urban sustainability. 

In August 2016, Dr. Ashish Sharma was promoted to research assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences and the Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Sharma will continue his research in atmospheric sciences and land/ocean-atmosphere interactions at a range of spatial scales (regional to local) that are relevant to the management of human and natural systems.

 

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Guoliang Li

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Notre Dame
Office: 348 Nieuwland Science Hall
Phone: 574-631-0978
Email: gli6@nd.edu

Guoliang received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in October 2014 to support his project entitled Examining and Tailoring Plasmonic Energy Transfer for Superior Solar Energy Harvesting Devices. (Project Period: 12/1/14 - 10/15/16)

Guoliang Li received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee (UT) in 2013. His dissertation research was performed at UT and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He used scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) to study the structures and properties in semiconductors and metals. After completing his Ph.D., he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Chemistry Department of UT, where he conducted research on probing the plasmonic properties in metallic nanostructures with STEM/EELS. In 2014, Guoliang joined the group of Prof. Jon Camden in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and is exploring plasmon-assisted photovoltaic and photocatalytic systems with analytical TEM methods. 

As of October 2016, Dr. Guoliang Li is an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Center for Electron Microscopy, at Tianjin University of Technology. Dr. Li will be using analytical electron microscopy to study nanomaterials that are related to new energy and nano-optics.

 

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Peng Gao

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Notre Dame
Office:  A71B Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering
Phone:  352-665-9486
Email:  pgao1@nd.edu

Peng received his ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellowship in June 2015 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)

Peng Gao was born in Zibo, a city in northern China. He completed his undergraduate studies in Chemistry at Dalian University of Technology in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Charles R. Martin at the University of Florida in 2015. His Ph.D. project focused on the ionic transport study within gold nanotubes prepared via template synthesis. In June 2015, Peng joined Prof. William Phillip’s group in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His current research project is to design and explore the transport properties of charge mosaic membranes. 

Starting February 2017, Dr. Peng Gao will be working as an Analytical Chemist at Eastman Chemical in the Martinsville site in Virginia. The position utilizes and develops analytical competencies to support manufacturing, quality, technical service and product and process development functions across the Performance Films business, and employs the latest analytical technologies and sound analytical principles to solve major technical problems.