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Notre Dame researchers develop paint-on solar cells

December 22, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

This paste of cadmium sulfide-coated titanium dioxide nanoparticles could turn large surfaces into solar cells. (Photo Credit: ACS Nano)

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Imagine if the next coat of paint you put on the outside of your home generates electricity from light—electricity that can be used to power the appliances and equipment on the inside.

A team of researchers at the University of Notre Dame has made a major advance toward this vision by creating an inexpensive “solar paint” that uses semiconducting nanoparticles to produce energy.

Let’s Share the Sun Foundation partners with Notre Dame Haiti Program on solar installation

August 15, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy and SEI

Solar installation team at Residence Filariose

The University of Notre Dame Haiti Program will spend less money to light and power its operations thanks to the addition of 16 solar panels, the work of a non-for-profit foundation led by two 1985 Notre Dame graduates.

The Let’s Share the Sun Foundation, based in Troy, N.Y., completed the second phase of a solar installation at the Residence Filariose in Leogane, Haiti, where four panels were installed earlier this year. The solar panels are now generating enough power to shut the diesel generator off during the day. The Residence Filariose serves as a training facility for the local community and guesthouse for visiting researchers focused on eradicating lymphatic filariasis.

New Paper Examines Future of Seawater Desalination

August 12, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy


A paper co-authored by William Phillip of the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Menachem Elimelech, Robert Goizueta Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Yale University, appearing in this week’s edition of the journal Science offers a critical review of the state of seawater desalination technology.…

Solar rooftop array installed on Fitzpatrick Hall

July 21, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

Solar panels on Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering

A 10kW flexible thin-film solar array and monitoring system was recently installed on the roof of the University of Notre Dame’s Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering. The light-weight flexible panels lie flat and are attached directly to the surface of the roof with an adhesive.

Connected directly to the University’s power grid, the array will help meet Fitzpatrick’s electricity demand, supplying an estimated 12,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

Wireless Institute announces winners in Mobile Application Development Contest

June 24, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy and SEI

The University of Notre Dame’s Wireless Institute has announced the winners of its first Mobile Application Development Contest.

Mobile solutions for challenges in energy, environment and sustainability was the theme of the contest, which was organized by the Institute in collaboration with Notre Dame’s Energy Center

First Wind Turbine Installed on Campus

June 13, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

First wind turbine installed on campus

The newest addition to the Notre Dame campus skyline, demonstrating the University’s commitment to renewable energy, was mounted on the roof of the Notre Dame power plant last week.

The turbine, one of several renewable energy initiatives currently underway at Notre Dame, can generate up to four kilowatts of power and will feed directly into the campus electrical grid. Although its purpose is largely educational, its size, vertical axis design and highly visible location distinguish it from other campus renewable energy projects.…

Energy Studies Minor

May 05, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

A new Energy Studies Minor will be offered to all undergraduate majors at the University of Notre Dame beginning in Fall 2011. This minor will prepare students to become successful leaders from all disciplines who understand the complexity of the energy challenge. They will be better prepared to provide goods and services that allow an acceptable quality of life in a more energy efficient manner. In addition, students will be able to draw from technical and non-technical resources to move our country and the world toward a sustainable energy future.…

ND Energy Centers Merge

April 28, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

New Umbrella Organization to Consolidate Research, Initiatives

With the announcement of the creation of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND) earlier this month, the University will create an umbrella for its various sustainable energy projects, research and initiatives.

The new center will incorporate two existing Notre Dame institutions, the Notre Dame Energy Center (NDEC) and the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI). The transition to incorporate the two under cSEND will be completed by the fall semester of 2011.…

The Notre Dame Energy Center and the Sustainable Energy Initiative combine forces to create the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

April 13, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

The Notre Dame Energy Center (NDEC) and the Sustainable Energy Initiative (SEI) have linked together to create a new University Research Center known as the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND). The new center will continue the mission of the NDEC and SEI, which is to enhance energy related research at Notre Dame and increase energy awareness and education through its outreach and education programs. The center will also serve as the primary hub on campus by which to obtain information and to seek advice on energy related topics and issues. By routinely interacting and collaborating with other departments, centers, and institutes on campus with similar energy interests, the center will create a “one-stop-shop” for the campus community and its local, regional, national, and international constituents for all matters related to energy.…

ND creates two new environmental minors for fall 2011 semester

March 29, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

In response to students' growing concern over environmental issues, the University announced the creation of two new minors, Energy Studies and Sustainability, each of which will be offered to all undergraduate students beginning in the fall of 2011.

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Japanese nuclear crisis highlights importance of Notre Dame energy research

March 29, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

Japan Nuclear Crisis

The continuing nuclear energy crisis at Japan’s earthquake and tsunami damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear site has once again raised questions in the United States about how to manage and safely store highly radioactive spent nuclear fuel. The questions have long been the focus of researchers Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt and Peter Burns of the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences.

Save money by improving energy efficiency in your home

March 04, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

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Despite more energy efficient appliances, energy consumption in the United States has increased 21-percent since 1978.

In the last ten years, the digital age is putting even more of a strain on our energy system. However, the cost to power

Brennecke, Kamat included in listing of top 100 chemists

February 15, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

Times Higher Education

Two University of Notre Dame researchers are included in a new ranking of the top chemists of the past decade.

Joan F. Brennecke, Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Notre Dame Sustainable Energy Imitative, and Prashant Kamat, Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Radiation Lab and concurrent professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, are on a list of the 100 top chemists published by the Times Higher Education group.

Dr. Franklin Tao gave an invited video speech for Science Magazine

January 24, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

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 Dr. Franklin Tao and his collaborator gave an invited video speech for Science Magazine along with their invited article published in Science magazine (Science 311, 171-174 (2011

Ten Notre Dame faculty members named AAAS fellows

January 20, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy


Ten University of Notre Dame faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in honor of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

AAAS, founded in 1848 as a nonprofit association, is the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the prestigious journal Science.

Franklin (Feng) Tao accepted invitation to serve on advisory board of Catalysis Science and Technology, a new journal led by UK Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

January 11, 2011 • Categories: ND Energy

            Franklin (Feng) Tao accepted the invitation to serve on the advisory board of Catalysis Science and Technology, a new journal led by UK Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Research interests of Franklin Tao's group can be found at