Distinguished Lectures

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This program is designed to bring nationally recognized experts from academia, industry, and government to Notre Dame to discuss best practices, new technologies, and policy developments in energy. Lectures focus on topics most important to faculty and students at Notre Dame. Lectures for the 2018-2019 academic year are currently being planned. 

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the following lectures were hosted by ND Energy:

Sandia Materials Science Overview and Research Interests was presented by Dr. Michael Valley, Senior Manager, Materials Science R&D Group at Sandia National Laboratories. He discussed Sandia’s Materials Science Research Foundation (MSRF) that promotes expertise across a broad spectrum of materials and encourages collaborations with academia to conduct revolutionary research

Designing Smart Cities: Mayors Taking Action brought together Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, IN) and Mayor Jim Brainard (R-Carmel, IN) for a conversation about how the U.S. can meet its climate goals through action on a local level. Both have committed their municipalities to new “smart city” designs, creating walkable cities, promoting bike riding, and switching to hybrid or alternative fuel vehicles.

Research Directions and Opportunities at Argonne National Laboratory, presented by Dr. Brian Stephenson from Argonne National Laboratory, provided an overview of Argonne, focusing on activities in materials science, chemistry, and x-ray science, and outlined opportunities for engagement between Argonne and the faculty, students, and leadership at Notre Dame.

Coherent X-ray Scattering Studies of Dynamic Crystal Surfaces featured Dr. Carol Thompson of Northern Illinois University. She described the new developments in x-ray studies and the Argonne-NIU collaboration, which is exploring how coherent x-ray studies can be applied to studies of crystal growth.

Renewable Energy Driven Non-equilibrium Chemistry: Plasma Chemistry as the Special Case was presented by Dr. Richard van de Sanden, director of the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER).  During his visit, Professor van de Sanden explained that non-equilibrium chemistry, driven by the excitation of internal states of molecules, is a broader class of selective chemistry, a chemistry enabled by the availability of renewable energy in the form of electricity.


For more information or to get involved, contact Anne Berges Pillai, Education and Outreach Associate Program Director, at 574-631-9106 or apillai@nd.edu.