2013 Project Summaries

NDnano awarded NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowships to 29 students for summer 2013. Each student has prepared a summary of their 10-week research experience, which is posted below.

The fellowship recipients represent the following schools: Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, Ivy Tech Community College, and Purdue College of Technology. The 2013 NURF program also included students from three schools in India: Amrita University, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, and Indian Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu University. In addition, the participation of students from Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, and Dublin City University, all in Ireland, was made possible through the generous support of the Naughton Fellowship Exchange Program.

Questions? Feel free to contact Heidi Deethardt at ndnano@nd.edu.

Thank you for your interest in NDnano!


Project: Fabrication of polymer nanofibers with anomalous thermal conductivity

Nicolas Martinez

NURF recipient: Nicolas Martinez
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Tengfei Luo
N Martinez Project Summary (114k PDF)

Project: Multi-array tip-nanocolloid plasmonic molecular sensing

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 (464k PDF)

Project: Home-use nanosensors for screening chronic diseases

Chris Walker

NURF recipient: Chris Walker
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Hsueh-Chia Chang
Walker Project Summary (271k PDF)

Project: DNA origami 

Patrick Jung

NURF recipient: Patrick Jung
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Life Sciences & Mathematics | Class of 2014
Mentors: Prof. Marya Lieberman and Dr. Valerie Goss
Jung Project Summary (897k PDF)

Project: Nanoelectronic material characterization using single-electron transistors

Dillon Bak

NURF recipient: Dillon Bak
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Physics | Class of 2016
Faculty mentors: Prof. Alexei Orlov and Prof. Patrick Fay
Bak Project Summary (520k PDF)

Project: High-speed transistor characterization

Ashley Towne

NURF recipient: Ashley Towne
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Patrick Fay
Towne Project Summary (536k PDF)

Project: Design of nanomagnet logic devices

Robert Frame

NURF recipient: Robert Frame
School: Purdue College of Technology
Major: Electrical Engineering Technology | Class of 2014
Faculty mentors: Prof. Wolfgang Porod and Prof. György Csaba
Frame Project Summary (110k PDF)

Project: Design of nanomagnet logic devices

Daniel Kestell

NURF recipient & Naughton Fellow: Daniel Kestell
School: Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Major: Computer & Electronic Engineering | Class of 2014 
Faculty mentors: Prof. Wolfgang Porod and Prof. György Csaba
Kestell Project Summary (619k PDF)

Project: Synthesis of nanocatalysts

Adam Sundholm

NURF recipient: Adam Sundholm
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2015
Faculty mentor: Prof. Franklin Tao
Sundholm Project Summary (25k PDF)

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

John Szalko

NURF recipient: John Szalko
School: Ivy Tech
Major: Nanotechnology | Class of 2014
Faculty mentors: Prof. Steve Ruggiero and Prof. Carol Tanner
Szalko Project Summary (5MB PDF)

Project: Ultra-low energy computation

John O'Brien

NURF recipient: John O'Brien
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Gregory Snider
O'Brien Project Summary (119k PDF)

Project: Single protein detection using nanostructure probes

Rachael Bridgman

NURF recipient: Rachael Bridgman
School: Saint Mary's College
Major: Molecular Cell Biology & Chemistry | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Zachary Schultz
Bridgman Project Summary (3.7MB PDF)

Project: Incorporating nanostructures into biocompatible flow detectors

Claire O'Connell

NURF recipient & Naughton Fellow: Claire O'Connell
School: Dublin City University (Ireland)
Major: Physics & Biomedical Science | Class of 2013 (Fall)
Faculty mentor: Prof. Zachary Schultz
O'Connell Project Summary  (8.2MB PDF)

Project: Nanoparticle contrast agents for detecting pre-rupture tendon damage

Michael Hunckler

NURF recipient: Michael Hunckler
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2015
Mentors: Prof. Ryan Roeder and Dr. Jenni Tilley
Hunckler Project Summary (365k PDF)

Project: Hazard characterization and life cycle-based green redesign of a nanotechnology-enabled product

Sean McGee

NURF recipient: Sean McGee
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Biology & Music | Class of 2014
Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Eggleson and Prof. Marya Lieberman
McGee Project Summary (109k PDF)

Project: On-chip optical diagnosis using capillary electrophoresis

Elizabeth Huschke

NURF recipient: Elizabeth Huschke
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Scott Howard
Huschke Project Summary (2.8MB PDF)

Project: Plasma jets for nanomaterials synthesis

Santiago Martinez

NURF recipient: Santiago Martinez
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Mechanical Engineering | Class of 2016
Faculty mentor: Prof. David Go
S Martinez Project Summary (1.1MB PDF)

Project: Plasma jets for nanomaterials synthesis

Matthew Kerins

NURF recipient & Naughton Fellow: Matthew Kerins
School: University College Cork (Ireland)
Major: Energy Engineering | Class of 2014 
Faculty mentor: Prof. David Go
Kerins Project Summary (352k PDF)

Project: Dynamically tunable THz devices based on magnetic carbon nano fibers (CNF)

Yogita Guttikonda

NURF recipient: Yogita Guttikonda
School: Indian Institute of Technology-Banaras Hindu Univ. (India)
Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Lei Liu
Guttikonda Project Summary (882k PDF)

Project: Electrical characterization of silicon-on-insulator substrates

Stephen Kim

NURF recipient: Stephen Kim
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Alan Seabaugh
Kim Project Summary (691k PDF)

Project: Drug delivery using nanomedicine in cancers

Matthew Kowalski

NURF recipient: Matthew Kowalski (center)
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2015
Faculty mentor: Prof. Basar Bilgicer
Kowalski Project Summary (576k PDF)

Project: Photo-induced reconfigurable THz circuits and devices

Akash Kannegulla

NURF recipient: Akash Kannegulla
School: Amrita University
Major: Electronics & Instrumentation | Class of 2014
Faculty mentors: Prof. Li-Jing Cheng and Prof. Lei Liu
Kannegulla Project Summary (726k PDF)

Project: Low voltage memory using 2D materials

Buchanan Bourdon

NURF recipient: Buchanan Bourdon
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Computer Engineering | Class of 2016
Faculty mentors: Prof. Susan Fullerton and Prof. Alan Seabaugh
Bourdon Project Summary (693k PDF)

Project: On-chip lasers

NURF recipient: Katherine Loughran
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Computer Science | Class of 2016
Faculty mentor: Prof. Mark Wistey
Loughran Project Summary (494k PDF)

Project: Quantum dot solar cell

Anthony Krenselewski

NURF recipient: Anthony Krenselewski
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Chemical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Prashant Kamat
Krenselewski Project Summary (210k PDF)

Project: Quantum dot solar cell

David O'Shaughnessy

NURF recipient & Naughton Fellow: David O'Shaughnessy
School: University College Cork (Ireland)
Major: Energy Engineering | Class of 2014 
Faculty mentor: Prof. Prashant Kamat
O'Shaughnessy Project Summary (7.3MB PDF)

Project: Brightness scaling of mid-infrared sources

Arnaud Bacye

NURF recipient: Arnaud Bacye
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2015
Faculty mentor: Prof. Anthony Hoffman
Bayce Project Summary (1.5MB PDF)

Project: 2-dimensional semiconductors: New toys for the next nano(opto) electronics era

Shoubhik Gupta

NURF recipient: Shoubhik Gupta
School: Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentors: Prof. Debdeep Jena and Prof. Huili Grace Xing
Gupta Project Summary (175kk PDF)

Project: Plasmons in semiconductors and what they can do for us

John Weisenberger

NURF recipient: John Weisenberger
School: University of Notre Dame
Major: Electrical Engineering | Class of 2014
Faculty mentor: Prof. Huili Grace Xing
Weisenberger Project Summary (1.1MB PDF)