Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Student Scholars

 

The Vincent P. Slatt Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes
This fellowship supports undergraduate students who have research interests in energy technologies and America’s energy future. Energy technologies range from the means to improve the use of fossil, nuclear, and alternative energy sources for power or fuels production, to the development of more efficient transportation and energy utilization systems. Projects are focused on creating better energy systems and devices or strengthening America’s energy future through the development of policies and infrastructure to support new technologies. Slatt fellowships are made possible through the generosity of Christopher (ND ’80) and Jeanine Slatt in honor of Vincent P. Slatt, Notre Dame Class of 1943. Established 2007

Starting in 2012, up to three Slatt Fellowships are awarded each year to undergraduate students affiliated with the Atlanta University Center (AUC). The AUC is the world’s largest consortium of African American private institutions of higher education, designed to channel intellectual resources to the advancement of minority, economically disadvantaged, and under-served communities. Members of the consortium are the highly accredited Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College.

2016 Slatt Scholars

                                                                                                                      
Student Scholar/Major Advisor/Department Project Title

Rodrigo Benavides
Applied & Computational Mathematics and Statistics;
Energy Studies Minor

Patrick Regan
Political Science
A Country’s Approach to the 2015 Paris Agreement: Comparing and Contrasting Renewable Energy Policies and Implementations in Different Countries

Jaclyn Breier
Chemical Engineering

Ruilan Guo
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
The Investigation of the Effect of Polymer Chain Rigidity on Gas Transport Properties through the Design of Triptycene-Based Copolymers
Peter Chiang
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Prashant Kamat
Chemistry and Biochemistry; Chemical Engineering; Radiation Laboratory
Electrochemical CO2 Reduction on Heterogeneous Porphyrin-Graphene Oxide Thin films Towards the Generation of Chemical Fuels
Theodore Dilenschneider
Chemical Engineering
William Phillip
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Plug and Play Membranes: Incorporating Biofouling Resistance into Charged Nanofiltration Membranes
John FitzPatrick
Environmental Engineering
Peter Burns
Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Thermal Stability of Uranium Peroxide Nanoclusters
Alexandria Gordon
Architecture
Aimee Buccellato
School of Architecture
A Green Resilience Framework for Sustainable and Hazard Resilient Structures
Patricia Kay
Chemical Engineering;
Energy Studies Minor
Amy Hixon
Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Actinide Sorption to Aluminum (hydr)oxide Mineral Phases
Clare Murphy
Classics;
Environmental Science
Ian Lightcap
ND Energy
Iron (III) Oxide/Graphene Nanostructures for Solar Water Splitting

Kelly Valenzi
Mechanical Engineering

Harindra Fernando
Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Perdigao Wind Energy Mapping Project
     
Non-ND Student Scholar Notre Dame and Home Institution Advisors Project Title
Herve Twahirwa
Applied Math and Physics, Millsaps College
Ruilan Guo, CBE
Sabrice Guerrier, Millsaps College
Studies of Sulfonated Triptycene-containing Random Polysulfone Copolymers for Polyelectrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs)
Winston Zamba
Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Morehouse College
Prashant Kamat, Chemistry
Emmanuel Karikari, Morehouse College
Perovskite Solar Cell and Nanostructure Assemblies for Light Energy Conversion


Former Slatt Recipients
2015 Slatt Scholars
2014 Slatt Scholars
2013 Slatt Scholars
2012 Slatt Scholars
2011 Slatt Scholars
2010 Slatt Scholars
2009 Slatt Scholars
2008 Slatt Scholars
2007 Slatt Scholars
2006 Slatt Scholars


The Forgash Undergraduate Student Fellowship in Solar Energy Research 
This fellowship supports an undergraduate student who is interested in solar energy collection/conversion technologies through research and development at Notre Dame. The award is used to support the student’s stipend, purchase research materials and supplies, and to pay for the student to travel to an annual meeting or national conference to present his/her research. Forgash fellowships are made possible through the generosity of John (ND ‘00) and Karla Forgash. Established 2009

2016 - Jacob B. Hoffman (2016 Eilers Fellowship Recipient), Department of Chemistry, Advisor: Dr. Prashant Kamat, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Concurrent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  Jacob plans to study the excited state properties, halide exchange, and film formation of CsPbBr3, CsPbI¬3, and hybrid CsPbBrxI1-x, with the eventual goal of developing efficient solid state solar cells. The relative stability and simple construction procedure of these materials provides an excellent platform to study their excited state properties through transient absorption spectroscopy.

2015 - Abigail Swint, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Dr. Prashant Kamat, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory, and Concurrent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Abigail will be using a ligand exchange method to create multiple different gold nanoclusters to test in liquid-junction solar cells and will determine which ligand produces the greatest efficiency. 

2014 - no recipient

2013 - James Radich, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Dr. Prashant Kamat, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory, and Concurrent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. James will research the inorganic p-type nanostructures for hole transport materials in quantum dot sensitized solar cells. As a fifth-year graduate student, James is passionate about energy related research, and since coming to Notre Dame, has studied photo- and electrocatalysis, particularly as it relates to energy conversion and storage. He is interested in developing new devices and processes for future energy solutions.

2012 - Doug Pernik, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Dr. Prashant Kamat, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory, and Concurrent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Doug will make advancements with solar paint by developing a method of controlling nanoparticle size to boost photovoltaic efficiency and to study the effects of adding graphene to solar paint to improve electron transport and higher cell efficiency.
Final Paper

2011 - Peter Lobaccaro, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Dr. Prashant Kamat, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Laboratory, and Concurrent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Peter will explore pulse laser deposition as a method to adhere the spinel catalyst particles to the surface of the mixed metal oxide thin film solar cell with photochemical water oxidation.
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2010 - David Reihm, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Dr. Hsueh-Chia Chang, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Dr. Chang has been working with David since fall 2009 on a dye and quantum dot sensitized solar cell project, with the basic conjecture that the low efficiency of such cells stems from transport limitation of the regenerating redox agent.
Final Paper

2009 - Michael Brundage, Avery Scott, and Adam Woodruff, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. Advisor: Dr. Vikas Tomar, Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (currently a professor at Purdue University). Dr. Tomar and the undergraduate students will study the interaction of CdSe quantum dots functionalized with proteins with plant cells and focus on what changes could be brought upon in the light sensitivity of plant cells by manipulating their interaction with quantum dots in different light exposures.
Final Paper


The Patrick and Jana Eilers Graduate Student Fellowship for Energy-Related Research combined with The Fitzpatrick Endowment for Excellence for the Center for Energy
This fellowship supports the stipend of a graduate student to enable his/her work on a current or new energy-related research project at Notre Dame. Eilers fellowships are made possible through the generosity of Patrick (ND ‘90) and Jana Eilers and Edward Fitzpatrick, Jr. (ND ‘54). Established 2012

2016

  • Joseph Aboki, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Advisor: Dr. Ruilan Guo, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Project Title: “Multiblock copolymers of triptycene-containing sulfonated poly(arylene ether sulfone)s with enhanced low RH proton conductivity and mechanical stability for polyelectrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs).”
  • Yingying Chen, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Advisor: Dr. Na Wei, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences. Project Title: “Engineering robust yeast for enhanced biofuel production from renewable lignocellulosic biomass.”
  • Jacob Hoffman, Department of Chemistry, Advisor: Dr. Prashant Kamat, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Project Title: “CsPbBr3 and CsPbI3 Quantum Dot Film Deposition for the Development of Solid State Solar Cells.”
  • Prateek Mehta, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Advisor: Dr. William Schneider, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Project Title: “Multifunctional materials for the catalytic upgrading of natural gas liquids.”
  • Tyler Spano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, Advisor: Dr. Peter Burns, Henry Massman Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences Materials. Project Title: “Properties of Synthetic Uranyl Vanadate Mineral Analogues.”

2015

  • ​Yong-Siou Chen, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Advisor: Dr. Prashant Kamat, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Project Title:  "BiVO4 - Hybrid Perovskite Tandem Photoelectrodes for Wireless Solar Fuels Production." (partial fellowship)
  • Christopher Paolucci, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Dr. William Schneider, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Project Title: "Computational Discovery of Versatile, Robust Catalysts for Selective Reduction of NOx to N2." (partial fellowship)

2014

  • Nicholas McNamara, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Dr. Jason Hicks, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Nicholas will be studying the catalytic performance and stability of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) and MOF-templated materials in the oxidative desulfurization of petroleum fuels. (partial fellowship)
  • Jeffrey Christians, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor: Dr. Prashant Kamat, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Jeffrey will be studying hole transfer and hole conductors in perovskite solar cells. (partial fellowship)

2013

  • ​James Radich, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Advisor:  Dr. Prashant Kamat, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and concurrent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. James will be studying inorganic p-type nanostructures for hole transport materials in quantum dot sensitized solar cell. (partial fellowship)
  • Laura Herder, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Advisor: Dr. William Schneider, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Laura will be studying first-principles modeling of mechanism of methane oxidation over Pt. (partial fellowship)​

2012

  • ​Victor Patel, Department of Electrical Engineering. Advisor: Dr. Mark Wistey, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. Victor will be studying the potential for more affordable, high performance PV cells, while supporting ND Energy's goal to create new energy technologies with commercial viability at Notre Dame. (partial fellowship)