Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Svetlana Neretina


Svetlana Neretina

Office:    370 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering

Phone:   574-631-6127


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Current Position
Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Principal Investigator, Nanomaterial Fabrication Research Lab

Ph.D., Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Canada

Research Interests
In the Nanomaterial Fabrication Laboratory, Svetlana Neretina and her research team are advancing the application, understanding, and material fabrication methods for noble metal nanostructures, an extraordinary class of materials that are used in the environmental remediation, chemical synthesis, and sensing technologies. Fabrication methods such as nanoimprint lithography, self-assembly, and solution-phase redox reactions are used in combination to define periodic arrays of complex noble metal nanostructures that collectively express the photo- and chemically active surfaces needed to prototype photovoltaic and sensing devices. These same nanostructures are also being investigated as catalysts for hydrogen generation and as photocatalysts capable of promoting green chemical syntheses powered by sunlight.

Key Words
Nanomaterials for Energy Applications, Nanofabrication, Plasmonic Nanomaterials, Catalysis, Hydrogen

Relevant Energy Publications

  • E. Menumerov, K. D. Gilroy, M. Hajfathalian, C. J. Murphy, E. R. McKenzie, R. A. Hughes, S. Neretina, Plastically deformed Cu-based alloys as high-performance catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol, Catal. Sci. Technol. 2016, 6, 5737 - 5745.
  • E. Menumerov, B. A. Marks, D. Dikin, F. X. Lee, R. D. Winslow, S. Guru, D. Sil, E. Borguet, P. Hutapea, R. A. Hughes, S. Neretina, Sensing hydrogen gas from atmospheric pressure to a hundred parts per million with nanogaps fabricated using a single-step bending deformation, ACS Sens. 2016, 1, 73-80.
  • M. Hajfathalian, K. D. Gilroy, A. Yaghoubzade, A. Sundar, T. Tan, R. A. Hughes, S. Neretina, Photocatalytic enhancements to the reduction of 4-nitrophenol by resonantly excited triangular gold-copper nanostructures, J. Phys. Chem. C 2015, 119, 17308-17315.
  • D. Sil, K. D. Gilroy, A. Niaux, A. Boulesbaa, S. Neretina, E. Borguet, Seeing is believing: Hot electron based gold nanoplasmonic optical hydrogen sensor, ACS Nano 2014, 8, 7755-7762.
  • K. D. Gilroy, S. Neretina, R. W. Sunders, Behavior of gold nanoparticles in an experimental algal-zooplankton food chain, J. Nanopart. Res. 2014, 16, 2414.