2012 Project Summaries

NDnano serves University mission through summer undergraduate research program

In 2012, NDnano awarded undergraduate research fellowships (NURF) to 47 students, including five students who returned to the program for a second year.

Below, the students have each prepared a summary of their research project, including skills they acquired or publications/posters that resulted from their project.

Each student applied, was selected, and received a $5,000 stipend to work for 10-weeks with one of the NDnano-affiliated research teams. The fellowship experience included time and learning opportunities inside and outside the lab, including safety and equipment training, simulations and experiments, a seminar series, and the chance to showcase their work at the summer undergraduate research symposium.

The NURF program is not limited to Notre Dame students. As such, the 2012 NURF roster also included students from Saint Mary's College, Purdue College of Technology, Mercer University, Saint Anselm College, and Brigham Young University. For the second year, the NURF program also welcomed students from schools abroad: Fudan University (China), Tianjin University (China), St. Stephen's College (India); three schools in Ireland - Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, and Dublin City University; and Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Hungary).

The participation of students from Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork was made possible through the support of the Naughton Fellowship Exchange Program, which, along with the Clark Family Summer Ireland endowment, also funded summer research in Ireland for five Notre Dame students.

Interested in applying? Check back in January 2013 for information on next year's program. For more information, contact Heidi Deethardt.

 


PHYSICAL LIMITS TO COMPUTATION

Project: High-speed transistor testing

Joshua Donati

NURF recipient: Joshua Donati
School: Purdue College of Technology
Major: Electrical Engineering Technology | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Patrick Fay
Donati Project Summary (127k PDF)

Project: Ultra-low energy computations

Tim Bontrager

NURF recipient: Tim Bontrager
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Gregory Snider
Bontrager Project Summary (78k PDF)

Project: Characterization and fabrication of CMOS circuits

Matt Donahue

URF recipient: Matt Donahue
School: Saint Anselm College
Major: Physics | Class of 2014 
Faculty mentor: Prof. Gregory Snider
Donahue Project Summary (73k 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

Project: Design of nanomagnet logic devices

Kevin Haughan

NURF recipient: Kevin Haughan (Naughton Fellow)
School: Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Major: Computer and Electrical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Wolfgang Porod and Prof. György Csaba
Haughan Project Summary (113k PDF)

Project: Building a Kerr effect device for nanomagnet measurements

John McPhee

NURF recipient: John McPhee
School: Purdue College of Technology
Major: Electrical Engineering Technology | Class of 2012 (Dec.)
Faculty mentors: Prof. Wolfgang Porod and Prof. György Csaba
McPhee Project Summary (340k PDF)

Project: On-chip spin waves for computation

Chris Newman

NURF recipient: Chris Newman
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Wolfgang Porod and Prof. György Csaba
Newman Project Summary (3453k PDF)

Project: Design of domain-wall based computing devices

Adam Papp

NURF recipient: Adam Papp
School: Pazmany Peter Catholic University (Hungary)
Major: Computer Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentors: Prof. Wolfgang Porod and Prof. György Csaba
Papp Project Summary (932k PDF)

Project: Silicon micromachining for terahertz waveguide circuits and components

James Phillips

NURF recipient: James Phillips
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentors: Prof. Lei Liu, Prof. Huili (Grace) Xing, and Prof. Patrick Fay
Phillips Project Summary (383k PDF)

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

Fiona Edwards-Murphy

NURF recipient: Fiona Edwards-Murphy (Naughton Fellow)
School: University College Cork (Ireland)
Major: Electrical and Electronic Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Sharon Hu
Edwards-Murphy Project Summary (181k PDF)
 

Project: Electrical characterization of ion transport in planar graphene/PEO:LiClO4/graphene structures

Joshua Vahala

NURF recipient: Joshua Vahala
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentors: Prof. Alan Seabaugh and Prof. Susan Fullerton
Vahala Project Summary (128k PDF)

Project: Electrical properties of graphene transistors

Ziqi Zhang

NURF recipient: Ziqi Zhang
School: Saint Mary's College
Major: Philosophy and Computer Engineering | Class of 2015
Faculty mentor: Prof. Alan Seabaugh
Zhang Project Summary (188k PDF)

Project: On-chip lasers

Anthony Erdman

NURF recipient: Anthony Erdman
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Physics | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Mark Wistey
Erdman Project Summary (78k PDF)

Project: Application-level hardware with magnetic logic

Oisin Brogan

NURF recipient: Oisin Brogan (Naughton Fellow)
School: Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Mike Niemier
Brogan Project Summary (81k PDF)

Project: Application-level hardware with magnetic logic

Craig Cahillane

NURF recipient: Craig Cahillane
School: University of Notre Dame
Majors: Physics and Computer Engineering | Class of 2014 
Faculty mentor: Prof. Mike Niemier
Cahillane Project Summary


NEW MATERIALS AND NANOSTRUCTURES

Project: Plasma jets for nanomaterials synthesis

Adam Talbot

NURF recipient: Adam Talbot
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. David Go
Talbot Project Summary (115k PDF)

Project: Synthesis of hybrid cellulose/metal nanocomposites

Brittany Hark

NURF recipient: Brittany Hark
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Abhijit Biswas
Hark Project Summary (162k PDF)

Project: Protein detection in solution using surface enhanced Raman scattering

Adelia Tuse

NURF recipient: Adelia Tuse
School: Saint Mary's College
Majors: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Zachary Schultz
Tuse Project Summary (111k PDF)

Project: Ion transport in a solid polymer electrolyte between 2-D graphene surfaces

Samuel Leung

NURF recipient: Samuel Leung
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2015
Faculty mentors: Prof. Susan Fullerton and Prof. Alan Seabaugh
Leung Project Summary (121k 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

Project: Direct bandgap dilute carbides

Sean Baur

NURF recipient: Sean Baur
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Mark Wistey
Baur Project Summary (38k PDF)

Project: Synthesis of PdxCu1-x nanocatalysts with well-controlled size and shape

Qiuting Guo

NURF recipient: Qiuting Guo
School: Tianjin University (China)
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Franklin Tao
Guo Project Summary (170k PDF)

Project: Synthesis of nanocatalysts

Alex Wang

NURF recipient: Alex Wang
School: Fudan University (China)
Major: Chemistry | Class of 2013 
Faculty mentor: Prof. Franklin Tao
Wang Project Summary (355k PDF)

Project: Emission dynamics of electronic molecules

Kyle McCall

NURF recipient: Kyle McCall
School: University of Notre Dame
Majors: Physics and Honors Mathematics | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Alexander Mintairov
McCall Project Summary (424k PDF)


ENERGY-HARVESTING TECHNOLOGIES

Project: High-performance solar cell fabrication

Stephen Kim

NURF recipient: Stephen Kim
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2014 
Faculty mentor: Prof. Patrick Fay
Kim Project Summary (130k PDF)

Project: High-performance solar cell fabrication

Keith Marrero

NURF recipient: Keith Marrero
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Patrick Fay
Marrero Project Summary (46k PDF)

Project: CdS quantum dots based solar cells

Jerrin Thomas George

NURF recipient:: Jerrin Thomas George
School: St. Stephen's College (India)
Major: Chemistry | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Prashant Kamat
Thomas George Project Summary (222k PDF)

Project: Optimization of lithium ion batteries using nanostructured graphene composites as cathode materials

Tim Siegler

NURF recipient: Tim Siegler
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Prashant Kamat
Siegler Project Summary (168k 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 mentor: Prof. Abhijit Biswas
Ashley Project Summary (147k PDF)

Project: Generating hotspots: Experiments and modeling of surface enhanced Raman detection

Kasie Knapper

NURF recipient: Kasie Knapper
School: Mercer University
Majors: Chemistry and Psychology | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Zachary Schultz
Knapper Project Summary (98k PDF)

Project: Operando studies of nanoparticles for exploring new surface chemistry and structure at the nanoscale under reaction conditions

Mark Leong

NURF recipient: Mark Leong
School: University of Notre Dame
Majors: Chemical Engineering and Economics | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Franklin Tao
Leong Project Summary (102k PDF)

Project: Synthesis of nanostructure materials for bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices

Anthony Krenselewski

NURF recipient: Anthony Krenselewski
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Luis Fernandez-Torres
Krenselewski Project Summary (119k PDF)

Project: Synthesis of novel semiconductor nanostructures

Amy Garde

NURF recipient: Amy Garde (Naughton Fellow)
School: University College Cork (Ireland)
Major: Energy Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Luis Fernandez-Torres
Garde Project Summary (119k PDF)


NANO-BIOELECTRONICS

Project: Detection of counterfeit pharmaceuticals with paper analytical devices (PADs)

Michael Benvenuti

NURF recipients: Michael Benvenuti
School: University of Notre Dame 
Major: Physics in Medicine | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Marya Lieberman and Prof. Toni Barstis
Benvenuti Project Summary (229k PDF)

Project: PAD fabrication and image analysis

Michael Hunkler

NURF recipient: Michael Hunkler
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2015 
Faculty mentors: Prof. Marya Lieberman and Prof. Toni Barstis
Hunckler Project Summary (164k PDF)

Project: Inexpensive paper-based tests for determining the quality of pharmaceuticals

Shannon Huey

NURF recipient: Shannon Huey
School: Brigham Young University
Major: Chemistry | Class of 2013 
Faculty mentors: Prof. Marya Lieberman and Prof. Toni Barstis
Huey Project Summary (127k PDF)

Project: Surface acoustic wave devices for chemical analysis of counterfeit pharmaceuticals

Sara Dale

NURF recipient: Sara Dale
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. David Go
Dale Project Summary (66k PDF)

Project: Lab-on-a-chip molecular binding detection with terahertz waves

Nicole McMillan

NURF recipient: Nicole McMillan
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentors: Prof. Lei Liu and Prof. Li-Jing Cheng
McMillan Project Summary (129k PDF)

Project: Nanoscale bioengineering of bone-inspired, all-natural bionanocomposite scaffolds for bone substitutes and tissue regeneration

Gary Blackburn

NURF recipient: Gary Blackburn (Naughton Fellow)
School: Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Major: Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Abhijit Biswas and Prof. Gyorgy Csaba
Blackburn Project Summary (101k PDF)

Project: Nanoscale bioengineering of bone-inspired, all-natural bionanocomposite scaffolds for bone substitutes and tissue regeneration

Tim Scott

NURF recipient: Tim Scott
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Abhijit Biswas and Prof. Gyorgy Csaba
Scott Project Summary (152k PDF)

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

Will Cusick

NURF recipient: Will Cusick
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Basar Bilgicer
Cusick Project Summary (162k PDF)

Project: Optically addressed nanoarray for biosensing

Truong Pham

NURF recipient: Truong Pham
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Hsueh-Chia Chang
Pham Project Summary (84k PDF)

Project: Development of laser transmission spectroscopy as a bio-molecular detection system

Adrienne Chabot

NURF recipient: Adrienne Chabot
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Science Pre-Professional | Class of 2013
Faculty mentors: Prof. Steve Ruggiero and Prof. Carol Tanner
Chabot Project Summary (83k PDF)

Project: On-chip coherent beam combining with quantum cascade lasers

Nicholas Castro

NURF recipient: Nicholas Castro
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Anthony Hoffman
Castro Project Summary (117k PDF)

Project: Low-cost and portable DNA detection device

Lucas DelaFuente

NURF recipient: Lucas DelaFuente
School: University of Notre Dame
Majors: Electrical Engineering and Arabic | Class of 2013
Faculty mentor: Prof. Scott Howard
Delafuente Project Summary (81k PDF)

Project: Optical quilt packaging

Thomas Butler

NURF recipient: Thomas Butler
School: Dublin City University
Major: Applied Physics | Class of 2012
Faculty mentor: Prof. Scott Howard and Prof. Anthony Hoffman
Butler Project Summary (87k PDF)

 


ETHICAL, LEGAL and SOCIETAL IMPLICATIONS / ENVIRONMENTAL, HEALTH and SAFETY

Project: Ethical, societal, and health implications of complex engineered nanomaterials - A life cycle approach

Sean McGee

NURF recipient: Sean McGee
School: University of Notre Dame
Majors: Biology and Music | Class of 2014
Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Eggleson
McGee Project Summary (72k PDF)