Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame


Luis Fernandez-Torres

•Research Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
251 Nieuwland Science Hall



Surface science

  • Experimental techniques like XPS, STM, AFM, IRRAS, Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD)


  • Frictional properties determined by chemical interactions and reactions

Materials Chemistry

  • Synthesis of novel nanostructures of transition metals and transition metal chalchogenides

Current Energy Research

Synthesis of novel nanostructures of transition metal chalchogenides

  • Aqueous, low temperature (<100 degrees C), chemical bath deposition synthesis of ZnS, ZnSe, CdS, and CdSe nanoparticles
  • ZnS and CdS nanofibers using 1-adamantanehiol as growth modifier










Potential  SEI Research

Transformative Solar Thrust

  • NSF, CHE Synthesis and controlled assembly of semiconductor nanostructures - submitted 11/27/09, $201,460 (still pending)

Cleaner Fossil Fuel Processes Thrust *

  • NSF, CMMI Tribology and Surface Chemistry of Metal Diboride Single Crystals - submitted 10/1/09, $312,522 (still pending)
  • Synthesis and characterization of anti-sintering metal nanoparticle - metal-oxide supported heteregeneous catalysts - use of buffer-layer assisted growth of metal nanoparticles on metal-oxide supports
  • Novel synthesis and tribological characterization of layered transition metal chalchogenides - thin films or lubricant formulation additives of MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, WSe2, and VS2, VSe2 nanostructures

*Since 1980, reducing friction in automotive components has led to an increase in average fuel economy from 20 to 25 mpg, despite average horsepower doubling from 100 to 190 (New York Times, March 20, 2006)