2011 Project Summaries

Undergrad students gain invaluable research experience, publish project recaps

Are you familiar with particle-in-cell Monte Carlo collisions? Do you have the know-how to perform electrophoretic deposition or reactive ion etching? Have you grown bilayer graphene? Or used quantum dots in solar cell production?

NDnano’s undergraduate summer researchers developed these skills and more during their 10-week NURF fellowship. At the same time, the students' work helps to advance Notre Dame's research efforts in areas like computing, medicine, and energy harvesting, to name a few.

Each student applied, was selected, and received a $5,000 fellowship to work as part of a faculty-led research team. The fellowship experience included time and learning opportunities inside and outside the lab. From safety and equipment training, to simulations and experiments, to a session on creating effective research posters – even a tour of the football stadium and a day at King’s Island – the NDnano students were able to meet and interact with faculty, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and the other 200-plus undergrad researchers who spent their summer at Notre Dame. At summer’s end, many NURF students presented their research in two poster sessions held on campus in August (related story).

The students, pictured below, have each prepared a summary of their research project. The thirty-two 2011 NURF students represent eight colleges and universities, including top-notch technical schools in India and China.

For undergraduates interested in gaining the same cutting-edge research experience, the application process for the 2012 NURF program will open in mid-January. For more information, contact Heidi Deethardt.

NANO-BIOELECTRONICS

Project: Constituent analysis of panadol via paper analytical devices (PADs)

Diana Vega Pantoja

NURF recipient: Diana Vega Pantoja
School: Saint Mary's College
Major: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Profs. Marya Lieberman, Toni Barstis, and Holly Goodson
Pantoja Project Summary (1.6BMB PDF) 

Project: Detection of counterfeit pharmaceuticals with paper analytical devices

Kelsey Weaver

NURF recipient: Kelsey Weaver
School: University of Texas-Austin
Major: Biomedical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Profs. Marya Lieberman, Toni Barstis, and Holly Goodson
Weaver Project Summary (153k PDF) 

Project: Arsenic detection biosensor

Hun-Young Yang

NURF recipient: Hun-Young Yang
School: Ivy Tech Community College
Major: Biotechnology
Faculty mentors: Profs. Marya Lieberman, Toni Barstis,
and Holly Goodson 
Yang Project Summary (1.2MB PDF) 

Joseph Hull

NURF recipient: Joseph Hull
Major: Biotechnology and Chemistry
Faculty mentors: Prof. Marya Lieberman, Toni Barstis, and Holly Goodson

NURF recipient: Irene Fahrberger
School: Ivy Tech Community College
Major: Biotechnology and Nanotechnology | Class of 2012
Faculty mentors: Prof. Marya Lieberman, Prof. Toni Barstis, and Prof. Holly Goodson

NURF recipient: Dylan Garvey
School: Ivy Tech Community College and IUSB
Major: Biology | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Marya Lieberman, Prof. Toni Barstis, and Prof. Holly Goodson

Project: Visualization of DC microplasma particle-in-cell Monte Carlo collision simulations

Benjamin Rollin

NURF recipient: Benjamin Rollin
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Aerospace Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. David Go
Rollin Project Summary (412k PDF) 

Project: Bone-inspired bionanocomposite scaffold for tissue regeneration and bone grafting technologies

Matthew Labriola

NURF recipient: Matthew Labriola
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Science-Business | Class of 2012
Faculty mentors: Profs. Abhijit Biswas, Gyorgy Csaba and Tao Wang
Labriola Project Summary (462k PDF)

Project: Development of laser transmission spectroscopy as a PCR free DNA detection device

Adrienne Chabot

NURF recipient: Adrienne Chabot
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Science Pre-Professional and Philosophy | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Steve Ruggiero and Prof. Carol Tanner
Chabot Project Summary (70k PDF)

Project: Mapping microfluidic chemical reactions with terahertz spectroscopy and imaging

Rahul Pathak

NURF recipient: Rahul Pathak
School: Inst. of Technology, Banaras Hindu Univ.
Major: Ceramic Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentors: Prof. Tao Wang and Prof. Lei Liu
Pathak Project Summary (9.9MB PDF) 

Project: Terahertz probing of carbon nanofiber composite coating for electromagnetic shielding and attenuation

Subhali Subhechha

NURF recipient: Subhali Subhechha
School: Indian Institute of Technology
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Lei Liu , Prof. Tao Wang and Prof. Abhijit Biswas
Subhechha Project Summary (460k PDF)

Project: Engineering multifunctional nanoparticles to overcome drug resistance in multiple myeloma

William Cusick

NURF recipient: William Cusick
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Basar Bilgicer
Cusick Project Summary (235k PDF) 

Project: Integrated nanobiofluidics for next-generation chemical sensors

Angela Willson

NURF recipient: Angela Willson
School: Saint Mary's College
Major: Chemistry | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Paul Bohn


PHYSICAL LIMITS TO COMPUTATION

Project: Minimum energy for computation

Brian Appleton

NURF recipient: Brian Appleton
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Gregory Snider
Appleton Project Summary (3.6MB PDF) 

Project: Scanning electron microscope

Sebastian Ortega

NURF recipient: Sebastian Ortega
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Aerospace Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Gary Bernstein
Ortega Project Summary (2.6MB PDF) 

Project: Pattern recognition using on-chip waves

Matthew Clary

NURF recipient: Matthew Clary
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Wolfgang Porod and Prof. György Csaba 
Clary Project Summary (893k PDF) 

Project: Design of nanomagnet logic devices

Dan Cole

NURF recipient: Dan Cole
School: Purdue College of Technology
Major: Electrical Engineering Technology | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Wolfgang Porod and Prof. György Csaba
Cole Project Summary (212k PDF)

Project: Design of nanomagnet logic devices

Ross Harnish

NURF recipient: Ross Harnish
School: Purdue College of Technology
Major: Electrical Engineering Technology | Class of 2012 
Faculty mentors: Prof. Wolfgang Porod and Prof. György Csaba
Harnish Project Summary (556k PDF) 

Project: Study of power/performance characteristics of nanomagnet-based circuits

Kobena Ampofo

NURF recipient: Kobena Ampofo
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Computer Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Sharon Hu
Ampofo Project Summary (370k PDF) 

Project: Photoluminescence

Kuijun Liang

NURF recipient: Kuijun Liang
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Mark Wistey
Liang Project Summary (70k PDF) 


NEW MATERIALS AND NANOSTRUCTURES

Project: Micromagnetic simulations of GaAs/Fe core-shell nanowires

Vu Nguyen

NURF recipient: Vu Nguyen
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Physics | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Profs. Jacek Furdyna and Margaret Dobrowolska
Nguyen Project Summary (365k PDF)

Project: Uranyl peroxide nanoclusters

Nicolas Martinez

NURF recipient: Nicolas Martinez
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Peter Burns
Martinez Project Summary (1.4MB PDF) 

Project: Chemical vapor deposition growth of bilayer graphene

Kevin Burke

NURF recipient: Kevin Burke
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Environmental Geosciences | Class of 2012
Faculty mentors: Prof. Michelle Kelly and Prof. Grace Xing
Burke Project Summary (332k PDF)

Project: Calculation of dislocation densities in GaN-based heterostructures using high resolution x-ray diffraction

Andrew Setter

NURF recipient: Andrew Setter
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2011 (December)
Faculty mentors: Prof. Michelle Kelly and Prof. Debdeep Jena
Setter Project Summary (221k PDF)

Project: Direct bandgap dilute carbides

Steven Cress

NURF recipient: Steven Cress
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Mark Wistey
Cress Project Summary (70k PDF) 


ENERGY-HARVESTING TECHNOLOGIES

Project: Effect of Cu2S on solar cell performance

Nevin Peeples

NURF recipient: Nevin Peeples
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Prashant V. Kamat
Peeples Project Summary (904k PDF) 

Project: Graphene-based electrodes in Li-ion storage battery

Lisa Edwards

NURF recipient: Lisa Edwards
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Science-Business | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Prashant V. Kamat
Edwards Project Summary (105k PDF) 

Project: Sprayable nanocomposite coatings for large-area carbon capture and storage

Michael Ashley

NURF recipient: Michael Ashley
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Abhijit Biswas and Prof. Tao Wang
Ashley Project Summary (204k PDF) 

Project: Design of nanocatalysts for efficient energy conversion

Gang Huang

NURF recipient: Gang Huang
School: Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Major: Chemistry | Class of 2011
Faculty mentor: Prof. Franklin Tao
Huang Project Summary (898k PDF) 

Project: Aligning conductive pathways in solid polymer electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries

Dean Schaetzl

NURF recipient: Dean Schaetzl
School: Purdue College of Technology
Major: Electrical Engineering Technology | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Susan Fullerton and Prof. Alan Seabaugh
Schaetzl Project Summary (108k PDF) 

Project: Solid polymer electrolytes for rechargeable batteries

Suong Do

NURF recipient: Suong Do
School: Saint Mary's College
Major: Math and Electrical Engineering | Class of 2012 
Faculty mentors: Prof. Susan Fullerton and Prof. Alan Seabaugh
Do Project Summary (350k PDF)

Project: High-performance solar cells

Joseph Altura

NURF recipient: Joseph Altura
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Patrick Fay
Altura Project Summary (569k PDF)