NDnano Staff and Executive Committee Profiles

Wolfgang Porod, Director
Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
203 Cushing Hall • 574.631.6376 • porod@nd.edu • Porod website

Wolfgang Porod

Wolfgang Porod currently is Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Diplom (M.S.) and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Graz, Austria, in 1979 and 1981, respectively. After appointments as a postdoctoral fellow at Colorado State University and as a senior research analyst at Arizona State University, he joined the University of Notre Dame in 1986 as an associate professor. He now also serves as the director of Notre Dame's Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano). His research interests are in the area of nanoelectronics, with an emphasis on new circuit concepts for novel devices. He has authored some 600 publications and presentations. Prof. Porod is a Fellow of the IEEE and AAAS, and he has served (2002-2003) as the vice president for publications on the IEEE Nanotechnology Council. Over the years, he has been active in organizing conferences, special sessions and tutorials, and as a speaker in IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Programs. Recently, he has been appointed as the founding editor-in-chief for IEEE's new open-access journal Nanotechnology Express.

Prakash D. Nallathamby, Research Assistant Professor
145 Multidisciplinary Research Building • 574.631.5735 • Prakash.D.Nallathamby.1@nd.edu

Prakash Nallathamby

Prakash D. Nallathamby is a research assistant professor directly hired through NDnano to facilitate the use of nanoparticle-enabled technologies in research labs across campus. He is an adaptable nanoparticle engineer with interdisciplinary expertise in nanotechnology, analytical chemistry, cancer biology, and biomedicine for academia as well as an industry setting. In 2003, Dr. Nallathamby received his bachelor's degree in industrial biotechnology from Anna University, Chennai, India followed by his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, in 2010. As a Gordon Battelle fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 2011, he took the lead in engineering and modifying nanoparticles for the Multi-Scale Toxicology Initiative project by Battelle for collaborators at Lawrence Livermore, Brookhaven, Pacific Northwest, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Since his arrival at the University of Notre Dame in 2014, he has successfully worked on a spectral library of nanoparticle contrast agents for X-ray, magnetic resonance, and fluorescent imaging. Recently, he successfully applied his nanoparticle-enabled solutions to solve a diverse range of real-world scientific challenges posted on InnoCentive, thereby joining the exclusive club of InnoCentive Solvers with his creative and out-of-the-box ideas. He has more than 1400 citations through 25 peer-reviewed journal publications, one book chapter, and two patent applications. Dr. Nallathamby continues to build on his strong interdisciplinary research under the NDnano umbrella, collaborating with affiliated faculty from a wide field of research areas and in related institutions nationally and internationally. His main research interest is to use nanoparticles as tools in: (1) biomedical research and development, (2) anisotropic modular platform technologies, (3) scaled up industrial applications, (4) environmental cleanup, and (5) computational modeling. Please feel free to contact him for collaborative and partnership opportunities by email or LinkedIn.

Patrick Fay, ND Nanofabrication Facility Director
261 Fitzpatrick Hall • 574-631-5693 • pfay@nd.edu • Fay website


Patrick Fay is currently professor of electrical engineering and director of Notre Dame's Nanofabrication Facility (NDNF). He received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1991, and his master's degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Dr. Fay returned to Notre Dame in 1997, as a faculty member in the department of electrical engineering. His research interests include the design, fabrication, and characterization of high-performance heterostructure devices (e.g., HEMTs, HBTs, and III-V MOSFETs), microwave and millimeter-wave electronic devices and circuits, milllimeter-wave and THz detection and imaging, as well as high-speed optoelectronic devices and optoelectronic integrated circuits for fiber optic telecommunications. His research also includes the development and use of micromachining techniques for the fabrication of microwave and millimeter-wave components and packaging. His educational initiatives include the development of an advanced undergraduate laboratory course in microwave circuit design and characterization, and graduate courses in optoelectronic devices and electronic device characterization. He was awarded the department of electrical engineering's IEEE Outstanding Teacher Award in 1998-1999, and is a senior member of the IEEE. 

Prashant Kamat, NDnano Executive Committee member
223B Radiation Lab • 574-631-5411 • pkamat@nd.edu • Kamat website

Prashant Kamat

Prashant V. Kamat is a Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Professor of Science in the department of chemistry and biochemistry and radiation laboratory and concurrent professor in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering. A native of Binaga, India, he earned the masters (1974) and doctoral degree (1979) in physical chemistry from Bombay University, and carried out his postdoctoral research at Boston University (1979-1981) and University of Texas at Austin (1981-1983). He joined Notre Dame in 1983. Prof. Kamat has for nearly three decades worked to build bridges between physical chemistry and material science by developing advanced nanomaterials for cleaner and more efficient light energy conversion. His research has made significant contributions to four areas: (1) photoinduced catalytic processes using semiconductor and metal nanoparticles, nanostructures and nanocomposites, (2) development of light energy harvesting assemblies (e.g., quantum dots and inorganic-organic hybrid assemblies) for next generation solar cells, (3) utilization of carbon nanostructures (SWCNT and graphene) as conducting scaffolds to collect and transport charge carriers in solar cells and fuel cells, and (4) environmental remediation using advanced oxidation processes and chemical sensors. He has directed DOE-funded solar photochemistry research for the past 20 years. In addition to large multidisciplinary interdepartmental and research center programs, he has actively worked with industry-sponsored research. He has served on many national panels on nanotechnology and energy conversion processes. He has published more than 450 scientific papers that have been well received by the scientific community (35000+ citations). Prof. Kamat has an h-index of 102. Science Watch of ISI included him among the Top 100 chemists of the decade 2000-2010. In 2010, Kamat was named by the American Chemical Society as the deputy editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. He is a member of the advisory board of scientific journals, Langmuir, Research on Chemical Intermediates, Applied Electrochemistry and Interface. He was awarded the Honda-Fujishima Lectureship award by the Japanese Photochemical Society in 2006 and CRSI medal by the Chemical Research Society of India in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Michael T. Niemier, NDnano Executive Committee member
380 Fitzpatrick Hall • 574-631-3858 • mniemier@nd.edu • Niemier website


Prof. Niemier received bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1998, 2000, and 2004, respectively. He was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, where he is currently an associate professor. He was a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology before returning to Notre Dame. His research interests include designing, facilitating, and evaluating architectures for emerging technologies with an emphasis on spintronics, emerging transistor technologies, and mechanisms for heterogeneous technology integration. Dr. Niemier is a recipient of an IBM Faculty Award, the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures in 2009, and the Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Heidi Deethardt, Center Coordinator
206 Cushing Hall • 574-631-0279 • deethardt.1@nd.edu

Heidi Deethardt

Heidi is responsible for the Center's administrative tasks, including website updates and coordination of the NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) program. Previously, she provided administrative support to the MIND and LEAST centers. Prior to joining Notre Dame in 2008, she worked in communications for St. Joseph Hospital, Mishawaka and Robert Bosch Corporation, South Bend. She holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from Purdue University.