2010 Project Summaries

Each participant in the 2010 Nanoelectronics Undergraduate Research Fellowship program has written a summary of their research project. The summaries are provided below.

In 2010, the Center for Nano Science and Technology at Notre Dame (NDnano) awarded Nanoelectronics Undergraduate Research Fellowships (NURFs) to 23 students. Each $5,000 fellowship provided an undergraduate researcher the opportunity to work for 10 weeks over the summer in the University's laboratories and cleanroom facilities with one of NDnano's faculty-led research teams.

The NURF research projects supported one of NDnano's research pillars: new materials and nanostructures, energy harvesting technologies, nano-bioelectronics, physical limits to computation, and nano-environmental.

As part of their fellowship experience, many NURF students participated in the Science and Engineering Summer Research Symposium, where they gave talks or presented posters on their research. They also had the opportunity to attend the annual review for the Midwest Institute of Nanoelectronics Discovery (MIND) and showcase their summer research with government and industry sponsors during the MIND poster session.


Project: Thermal reliability of quilt packaging

Michael Sizemore

NURF recipient: Michael Sizemore
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Gary Bernstein
Sizemore Project Summary (131k PDF)


Project: Curiosity-driven research using a scanning electron microscope

Allison O'Rourke

NURF recipient: Allison O'Rourke
School: Saint Mary's College
Major: Biology | Class of 2011
Faculty mentor: Prof. Gary Bernstein
O'Rourke Project Summary (96k PDF)

 


Project: RGO-Cu2S films: A better counter electrode for quantum dot solar cells

Ryan Dwyer

NURF recipient: Ryan Dwyer
School: University of Notre Dame
Majors: Chemistry and Theology | Class of 2011
Faculty mentor: Prof. Prashant V. Kamat
Dwyer Project Summary (515k PDF)


Project: Storing and shuttling electrons in graphene: Controlling the size and loading of catalyst metal nanoparticles with light

Tim Schumer

NURF recipient: Tim Schumer
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Prashant V. Kamat
Schumer Project Summary (465k PDF)


Project: Assembling microtubules in microchambers

Mary Mahon

NURF recipient: Mary Mahon
School: University of Notre Dame
Majors: Chemistry and Business | Class of 2012
Faculty mentors: Prof. Marya Lieberman and Prof. Holly Goodson
Mahon Project Summary (191k PDF)


Project: Developing an organic/inorganic “rainbow” solar cell

Sarah Schubert

NURF recipient: Sarah Schubert
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemistry | Class of 2012
Faculty mentors: Prof. Susan Fullerton and Prof. Prashant V. Kamat 
Schubert Project Summary (110k PDF)


Project: Energy-efficient tunnel transistor technology

Chen Chen

NURF recipient: Chen Chen
School: Saint Mary's College
Majors: Electrical Engineering and Math | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Alan Seabaugh
Chen Project Summary (68k PDF)


Project: Selective wet etches for a GaSb/InAs system for TFET fabrication

Rob Maurer

NURF recipient: Rob Maurer
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2011
Faculty mentor: Prof. Patrick Fay
Maurer Project Summary (100k PDF)


Project: Measurement of voltage-controlled current-swing in semiconductor tunnel junctions

Brian Rockwell

NURF recipient: Brian Rockwell
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Alan Seabaugh
Rockwell Project Summary (122k PDF)


Project: Label-free optical chemical biosensor using a subwavelength nanocapillary array membrane fabricated by nanosphere lithography

Jin Yang

NURF recipient: Jin Yang
School: Saint Mary's College
Majors: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Paul Bohn


Project: Experiments in microscale gas discharges

Elizabeth Dubbs

NURF recipient: Elizabeth Dubbs
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2011 
Faculty mentor: Prof. David Go
Dubbs Project Summary (143k PDF)


Project: Micro electromagnetic tweezers array

Patrick Newcomer

NURF recipient: Patrick Newcomer
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Science Pre-Professional | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Tao Wang
Newcomer Project Summary (201k PDF)


Project: Terahertz (THz) microfluidic devices for biological and biomedical sensing

Matt Schueler

NURF recipient: Matt Schueler
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2011
Faculty mentor: Prof. Tao Wang
Schueler Project Summary (103k PDF)


Project: Synthesis and characterization of multi-component nanocomposite
membrances for CO2 capture

Tom Tokoly

NURF recipient: Tom Tokoly
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Economics and Pre-Professional | Class of 2011
Faculty mentor: Prof. Abhijit Biswas
Tokoly Project Summary (467k PDF)


Project: Design, synthesis and characterization of all-bone minerals multicomponent bionanocomposites for bone grafts using bone-tissue engineering

He Zhao

NURF recipient: He Zhao
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Aerospace Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Abhijit Biswas
Zhao Project Summary (377k PDF)

This work was subsequently published in Biomacromolecules: Abhijit Biswas, Ilker S. Bayer, He Zhao, Tao Wang, Fumiya Watanabe, Alexandru S. Biris, "Design and synthesis of biomimetic multicomponent all-bone-minerals bionanocomposites," Biomacromolecules, 2010, 11 (10), pp 2545–2549.

 


Project: Uniformity of graphene on copper

Barbara Raynal

NURF recipient: Barbara Raynal
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2011
Faculty mentor: Prof. Michelle Kelly
Raynal Project Summary (109k PDF)

 


Project: Effects of experimental design on size-dependent Pb sorption to nanohematite in the presence and absence of a microbial siderophore

Katherine Grant

NURF recipient: Katherine Grant
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemistry | Class of 2011
Faculty mentor: Prof. Patricia Maurice
Grant Project Summary (78k PDF)

Katherine was also co-author of a paper on this research: L. E. Barton, K. E. Grant, T. Kosel, A. N. Quicksall, and P. A. Maurice, "Size-dependent Pb sorption to nanohematite in the presence and absence of a microbial siderophore," Environ. Sci. Technol., 2011, 45 (8), pp 3231–3237.


Project: Nanofabrication and characterization of semiconductor heterostructures

Dakota O'Dell

NURF recipient: Dakota O'Dell
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Physics | Class of 2011
Faculty mentors: Profs. Jacek Furdyna & Margaret Dobrowolska-Furdyna
O'Dell Project Summary (98k PDF)


Project: Guiding bacterial attachment with magnetite nanoparticles

Chinedu Madukoma

NURF recipient: Chinedu Madukoma
School: Ivy Tech Community College
Major: Biotechnology | Class of 2010
Faculty mentors: Profs. Marya Lieberman, Josh Shrout, and Tao Wang
Madukoma Project Summary (140k PDF)

Greg Mauch

NURF recipient: Greg Mauch
School: Ivy Tech Community College
Major: Biotechnology | Class of 2010
Faculty mentors: Profs. Marya Lieberman, Josh Shrout, and Tao Wang
Mauch Project Summary (3.4MB PDF)

David Sok

NURF recipient: David Sok
School: Ivy Tech Community College
Major: Biotechnology | Class of 2011
Faculty mentors: Profs. Marya Lieberman, Josh Shrout, and Tao Wang
 

 


Project: Synthesizing and evaluating the morphology of inorganic materials for solar cells

Conor Wolohan

NURF recipient: Conor Wolohan
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Luis Fernandez-Torres
Wolohan Project Summary (128k PDF)


Project: Paper analytical devices (PADs) used in chemical detection

Christina Robakowski

NURF recipient: Christina Robakowski
School: Saint Mary's College
Major: Chemistry | Class of 2011
Faculty mentors: Prof. Marya Lieberman and Prof. Toni Barstis
Robakowski Project Summary (92k PDF)

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