Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame


shamrockJason Hicks, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Enjpclcd_2011_2_issue_18_covergineering at Notre Dame, won the Cover Art of J. Phys. Chem. Lett., Volume 2, Issue 18, September 15, 2011, Pages 2275-2379 for his article entitled, "Advances in C-O Bond Transformations in Lignin-Derived Compounds for Biofuels Production."  Full article


shamrockJessica Beard, Ph.D. Candidate and cSEND Student Advisory Board member, has a new post up at, which has been promoted to the front page of the site! Located in the section at the top called 'The Science That Matters,' this post features the work of Notre Dame engineers in Haiti:

shamrockDoug Pernik (undergraduate student) and Ben Meekins (graduate student) in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering have posted brief slide show presentations narrating research highlights of recently published papers. (Click on play and select the full screen mode to eliminate advertisements.)

shamrockThe publication: “Energy Harvesting Skin Generates Power from Air Conditioners” was acknowledged by the online science newspaper It is an article by Dr. Soobum Lee, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. It highlights vibration as ambient energy. Researchers have developed an energy harvesting device in the form of a flat skin that can generate enough power to operate multiple wireless sensor nodes. Full article

shamrockThe publication: “Don’t Let Those A/C Vibrations Go To Waste” was acknowledged by (Web-based energy technology news service by Penton Media Inc.). It focuses on getting energy out of vibrations by using a laminated, thin, piezoelectric patch onto a vibrating structure. This research was conducted by Dr. Soombum Lee, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Notre Dame and and Byeng D. Youn of Seoul National University. Full article

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