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Takach named managing director of Notre Dame’s cSEND

June 20, 2012 • Categories: Annual Report, ND Energy, and SEI

Stephen F. Takach

The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (cSEND) has named Stephen F. Takach managing director, effective July 1.

In addition to his oversight of the business and operational functions of cSEND, his responsibilities will include growing and strengthening the University’s energy-related research, education and outreach across campus and on a national level. He will also work with faculty on large multi-investigator grant applications; work to augment research funding; foster high-quality, high-impact scholarly contributions, including seminars, symposia, workshops and conferences; promote business development with industrial sponsors and partners; and develop relationships with energy-related governmental agencies and industrial enterprises on the state and national levels.

New research leads to sensors that detect contaminants in water

June 07, 2012

Electron hopping (Kamat laboratory)

Many organic contaminants in the air and in drinking water need to be detected at very low-level concentrations. Research published by the laboratory of Prashant V. Kamat, the John A. Zahm Professor of Science at the University of Notre Dame, could be beneficial in detecting those contaminants.

The Kamat laboratory uses Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy to make use of silver nanoparticles to increase the sensitivity limit of chemical detection. Researchers in this study have prepared a semiconductor-graphene-metal film that has distinct advantages: The absorption of organic molecules on the film’s graphene surface increases the local contaminant concentration adjacent to silver nanoparticles.