Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame




David Go

Office:  140G McCourtney Hall

Phone:  574-631-8394


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Current Positions
Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Cincinnati
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests
My research is currently focused on direct thermal-to-electrical energy conversion, specifically using pyroelectric crystals and thermionic emission, for waste heat utilization, solar heat conversion, and similar approaches. I am also actively studying new ways to manipulate heat transfer via thermal diodes, with a focus on improved energy efficiency for buildings. I also teach a senior-level technical elective with the School of Architecture on designing energy efficient buildings that integrate building energy software into the building design process, mimicking the "real-world" interaction between architects and mechanical engineers in industry.

Key Words
Waste Heat, Energy Conversion, Thermal Management, Heat Transfer, Plasma, Microfluidics, Gas Discharges

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. M. J. Johnson, J. Linczer, D. B. Go, “Thermally induced atmospheric pressure gas discharges using pyroelectric crystals,” Plasma Sources Science and Technology, vol. 23, art. no. 065018, 2014.
  2. D. B. Go, “Theoretical analysis of ion-enhanced thermionic emission for low-temperature, non-equilibrium gas discharges,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, vol. 46, art. no. 035202, 2013.
  3. J. Z. Woodruff, A. P. C. Buccellato, P. Brenner, D. B. Go, “Environmentally Opportunistic Computing: A distributed waste heat reutilization approach to energy-efficient buildings and data centers,” Energy and Buildings, vol. 69, pp. 41-50, 2013.
  4. D. B. Go, M. Sen, "On the condition for thermal rectification using bulk materials," Journal of Heat Transfer, vol. 132, art. no. 124502, 2010.