Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Research Facilities

Energy Center Laboratory Space - 116 and 120 Stinson-Remick Hall


ND Energy provides superb laboratory space in a visible location within Stinson-Remick Hall for research collaborations and to build a strong community of scholars. This space is available to any researcher engaged in an active, energy-related research project at Notre Dame, subject to space limitations and safety obligations, at no cost to the investigator(s). Initial space allocations are for a period of six (6) months with extended allocations to be approved subject to a review of progress and activities. The intent is to ensure that only active projects occupy ND Energy space.

Space Description: A total of 2,000 square feet is available for use, 1,000 square feet in 116 and 1,000 square feet in 120. Both locations are equipped with 10-ft. bench tops, shelving, cabinet space, gas hookups for air and nitrogen, including a vacuum in 116. 


Leasing Requirements: All students and postdocs working in the ND Energy space must have completed the appropriate safety training and must sign the ND Energy/MCF Lab Policies and User Agreement. All safety training forms and certificates must be provided electronically to ND Energy before work may begin in the lab. In addition, any publications associated with work completed in the space should acknowledge the use of ND Energy laboratory space.

Leasing Requests:  To request ND Energy lab space, a PI must complete the "Leasing Request for ND Energy Lab Space" form, which provides a brief description of the research project, the number of students and postdocs working in the space, and specific details regarding space needs, including descriptions of any hazardous materials or activities and any proposed modifications required to perform the work. 

Download the ND Energy Lab Space Agreement and Leasing Request here.
Download the ND Energy/MCF Lab Policies and User Agreement here.



Materials Characterization Facility


The Materials Characterization Facility (MCF) provides world-class, state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation to support scientific advancements and new or improved sustainable energy technologies and systems. The MCF provides 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. 

Major capabilities are:

  • General Material Characterization.  Modern instrumentation and expertise for solid, liquid, and gas characterization by spectroscopic, thermal, X-ray, BET, and spectrometric analytical methods. These capabilities are available in 132 Nieuwland Science Hall.
  • Photovoltaic and Electrocatalyst Characterization.  Two catalyst and photovoltaic testing stations include solar simulators, automated gas sampling loops for in-line GC evolved gas detection, and a potentiostat with electrochemical impedance and rotating disc electrode capabilities. These capabilities are available in 116 Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering and will be relocating soon to 132 Nieuwland Science Hall.
  • Crystallographic Characterization.  Powder and single crystal x-ray diffractometers are available for a wide range of structural characterization. These capabilities are available in 303 Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering.  

The MCF is an open-access facility and is available to internal and external users, both academic and industrial. For more information about the MCF and to schedule use of the equipment, please contact Dr. Ian Lightcap at 574-631-1493 or Visit the MCF website for a list of the instruments and user rates. Download the MCF brochure.

MCF Instrumentation Grants


In accordance with ND Energy's goals to advance energy related research and education, as well as to broaden the impact and accessibility of its world class Materials Characterization Facility (MCF), ND Energy is seeking proposals for energy related research that require use of one or more of its facility instruments. The intent is to provide equipment access for unfunded seed research so as to assist faculty in developing competitive external proposals. Individuals from colleges and other organizations with limited access to advanced characterization instrumentation are also encouraged to apply. ND Energy expects to award 10-15 grants totaling up to $22,500 in FY2015. This is an open call for submissions. Proposals will be accepted until funding is no longer available.

Proposal Preparation Instructions  

Proposals must include a summary of the proposed reseach or educational activity (1 page):

  • Project Overview:  A brief description of the project goals.
  • Background: A brief field of context for those goals.
  • Outcomes: The expected outcomes of the study or activity.
  • Applicants must also indicate that the proposed research is NOT currently being funded under an external grant.

And a brief description of the desired instrument use (1 page):

  • List of desired MCF instrument(s) for use.
  • Estimated hours of use for each instrument.
  • Anticipated dates of use.
  • Description of the sample(s) to be characterized.
  • The type of data/information expected to be acquired.

Click here to download the proposal template.

Proposals should be submitted for consideration to Dr. Ian Lightcap, Research and Facilities Program Director, at Proposals will be reviewed upon receipt, and researchers will be notified of their award status approximately 2 weeks after submission. If you have any questions regarding the proposal process, please contact Dr. Ian Lightcap at or 574-631-1493.


Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Laboratory (CoMSEL)

Notre Dame has world-class expertise in classical and quantum mechanical simulations in the Colleges of Engineering and Science. The materials simulations facility or CoMSEL (Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Laboratory) provides a unique, high quality, cross-college computational research and collaborative space for both scientists and engineers. The facility is charged with developing, managing and applying computational tool sets with principal investigators and provides the environment and the interactions necessary to multiply the impact of the existing, individual research programs.

  • CoMSEL - 150 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering

For more information, contact Dr. William Schneider at 574-631-8754 or