Five University of Notre Dame graduate students have received fellowships for the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Doctoral Program. Fellows will receive a stipend for one year to support their research and dissertation as part of the doctoral program.
“These fellowships are expanding cross-disciplinary materials research, bridging the Colleges of Engineering and Science,” said Alan Seabaugh, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of the MSE doctoral program. “The fellowships support collaborations, enabling faculty to write proposals in areas beyond their current research focus. The intent of these fellowships is to seed research leading to new external funding, to solve complex problems in science, engineering, and society.”
The 2021 fellowship recipients for the doctoral program are:
Angela Abarca-Perez, doctoral student in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences (CEEES), for research titled, “Rational design of catalytic polymeric membranes for treating nitrate in drinking water.” Abarca-Perez is advised by Kyle Doudrick, associate professor of CEEES, and William Phillip, associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE).
Yang Ding, doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for the project, “High-throughput combinatorial printing for materials integration and scalable manufacturing of perovskite solar cells.” Ding is advised by Masaru Kuno, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Prashant Kamat, Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Yanliang Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME).
Jizhou Jiang, doctoral student of CBE, for the research, “Tunable ionic organic networks fabricated by molecular layer-by-layer.” Jiang is advised by Jennifer Schaefer, associate professor of CBE, and Haifeng Gao, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Walker Tuff, doctoral student of AME, for the project called, “Photoactive surfaces reliant on nanostructure asymmetry, chirality, and plasmonic hot spots.” Tuff is advised by Svetlana Neretina, associate professor of AME, and Jon Camden, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Hanfeng Zhang, doctoral student of AME, for research titled, “Materials informatics of liquidous materials for water desalination applications.” Zhang is advised by Tengfei Luo, professor of AME; Brandon Ashfeld, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Ed Maginn, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Engineering of CBE.
Funding for the MSE Doctoral Program is provided by Notre Dame’s College of Engineering, College of Science, and the following Notre Dame Research units: Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) and Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology (NDnano).
To learn more about materials science and engineering at Notre Dame, the interdisciplinary doctoral program, and the fellowships, please visit nano.nd.edu/materials-science.
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Originally published by nano.nd.edu on October 12, 2021.at