2017 Project Summaries

Siena Mantooth Matthew Webber NURF 2017Siena Mantooth and Prof. Matthew Webber

Several students from around the globe participated in the 2017 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) program. The students, who were hosted by Notre Dame faculty members affiliated with the Center for Nano Science & Technology, have each prepared a summary of their research project (below). Fellowship recipients included students at the University of Notre Dame, Purdue Polytechnic, Vanderbilt University, and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. NDnano faculty also hosted Naughton REU students from Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork, and Dublin City University; as well as students from China and India who participated in ND International's iSURE program.

Nearly 200 students have participated in the NURF program since its inception in 2009.

Check back in early January for information on summer 2018 research opportunities with NDnano!

 

Project: Engineering multifunctional nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery in cancer

Faculty mentor: Prof. Basar Bilgicer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Kate Mockler • University College Dublin (Naughton REU)
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Project: Recruitment of endogenous antibodies

Faculty mentor: Prof. Basar Bilgicer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Joseph Riehm • University of Notre Dame
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Project: Generation of polymeric shell encapsulating microdroplets by AC electrospray and fabrication of silicon nanopore array by inverted pyramid technique

Faculty mentor: Prof. Hsueh-Chia Chang • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Shivam Agarwal • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
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Project: High-throughput spray coating of membranes for applications in desalination and waste chemical recovery

Faculty mentors:
Prof. David Go • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Prof. William A. Phillip • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Mauricio Segovia • University of Notre Dame
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Project: Monolayer thin film deposition of nanoparticles for analysis of optical properties

Faculty mentors:
Prof. Anthony Hoffman • Electrical Engineering
Prof. Ryan K. Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Bryce Beddard • Vanderbilt University
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Project: Engineering optical modes in thin layers of epsilon-near-zero polar semiconductors

Faculty mentors:
Prof. Anthony Hoffman • Electrical Engineering
Prof. Ryan K. Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Zhaoyuan Fang • University of Notre Dame
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Project: Analysis and experimental demonstration of thermal diodes with phase-change and phase-invariant material junctions

Faculty mentor: Prof. Tengfei Luo • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Raul Lema Galindo • University of Notre Dame
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iSURE students:
Wenxuan Qui • Fudan University
Zherui Han • Huazhong University of Science & Technology
Ruiyang Li • Huazhong University of Science & Technology
Zehuan Li • Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Project: Fabrication of solid-state batteries

Faculty mentor: Prof. Paul McGinn • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
iSURE student: Ranjan Saurabh • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Project: Custom‐built reaction chambers and in situ monitoring tools

Faculty mentor: Prof. Svetlana Neretina • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Kyle Kotesky • Purdue Polytechnic
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iSURE student: Lv Hongye • Tsinghua University

Project: Analyis of porosity, mineralization, and damage as contributors to fracture risk

Faculty mentors:
Prof. Glen Niebur • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Ryan Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Benjamin MacCurtain • Dublin City University (Naughton REU)
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Project: Elucidating fundamental transport properties of copolymer-derived charge mosaic membranes

Faculty mentor: Prof. William A. Phillip • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Sushree Jagriti Sahoo • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
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Project: Chemical sensor for fluid dynamic and environmental applications

Faculty mentor: Prof. Hirotaka Sakaue • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Alfredo Duarte • University of Notre Dame
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Project: Synthesis and characterization of novel electrolytes for rechargeable batteries

Faculty mentors:
Prof. Jennifer Schaefer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Prof. Jonathan Whitmer • Chemical  Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Alisha Agrawal • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
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Project: Dendrite growth in rechargeable lithium metal batteries

Faculty mentor: Prof. Jennifer Schaefer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Daniel Hardiman • University of Notre Dame
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Project: Identifying nanostructure in medieval manuscripts

Faculty mentor: Prof. Zachary Schultz • Chemistry & Biochemistry
iSURE student: Zhe Cai • Fudan University

Project: Energy recovery for ultra-low energy computation

Faculty mentor: Prof. Gregory Snider • Electrical Engineering
iSURE student: Han Shu • Sichuan University


 

Project: Ecological control theory

Faculty mentor: Prof. Dervis Vural • Physics
iSURE student: Rong Tang • Zhejiang University

Project: Targeted asparaginase for improved treatment of pediatric leukemia

Faculty mentor: Prof. Matthew J. Webber • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Siena Mantooth • University of Notre Dame
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Project: Synthesis of peptidic derivatives of 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxamide and investigation of their supramolecular assembly

Faculty mentor: Prof. Matthew J. Webber • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: William McCarthy • Trinity College Dublin (Naughton REU)
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Project: Engineering responsive peptide-based drug nanocarriers

Faculty mentor: Prof. Matthew J. Webber • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Calvin Nazareth • University of Notre Dame
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Project: Predicting material elastic responses from molecular dynamics simulations

Faculty mentor: Prof. Jonathan K. Whitmer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Fellowship recipient: Nishi Kashyap • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
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