The student projects featured below are (or have been) supported by one-year Materials Science and Engineering fellowships.

2022-2023 Fellowships • 2021-2022 Fellowships • 2020-2021 Fellowships •

Tunable ionic organic networks fabricated by molecular layer-by-layer

Jizhou Jiang, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Faculty Advisors
• Jennifer Schaefer, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
• Haifeng Gao, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Three-dimensional chalcogenide materials for next generation electronic devices

The goal of this project is to develop selectors using three-dimensional chalcogenides grown by molecular beam epitaxy and physical vapor deposition. The proposed materials will enable crucial elements necessary for the realization of BEOL compatible stackable high density memory devices.

Sara Bey, Physics and Astronomy

Faculty Advisors
• Badih Assaf, Physics and Astronomy
• Chris Hinkle, Electrical Engineering

A.I. for Predictive Modeling of Therapeutically Useful Biomimetic Nanostructures Followed by Scalable Synthesis of Predicted Nanostructures Using Modular Assembly Approach

The goal of this project is to utilize existing preliminary data to train an artificial-intelligence enabled deep learning algorithm to rapidly optimize the designs (structural and peptide composition) of biomimetic antibacterial nanoparticles, to dramatically decrease the time to yield nanostructures with maximum antibacterial efficacy.

Johanna Olesk, Bioengineering

Faculty Advisors
• Nosang Myung, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
• Prakash Nallathamby, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
• Jian-Xun Wang, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Molecular Spatial Control Over 1D Chalcogen Polymers

This research proposes to synthesize bottlebrush polymers with organic backbones and inorganic main-group-polymer side chains as a platform approach for tunable hybrid inorganic/organic optoelectronic materials.

Muhammad Sohail, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty Advisors
• Emily Tsui, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Rational design of catalytic polymeric membranes for treating nitrate in drinking water

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This research will focus on the design of a highly permeable polymeric membrane that is loaded with (near) single-atom catalysts and amenable to treating nitrate and other water contaminants.

Angela Abarca-Perez, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Faculty Advisors
• Kyle Doudrick, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
• William Phillip, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

High-throughput combinatorial printing for materials integration and scalable manufacturing of perovskite solar cells

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This project intends to compositionally structure triple cation [(FAxMAyCs1-x-yPb(I1-x’Brx’)3] hybrid perovskites with a systems level focus on creating ion- and phase- homogeneous alloys required to address current issues plaguing this technology’s transition to commercialization.

Yang Ding, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty Advisors
• Ken Kuno, Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Prashant Kamat, Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Yanliang Zhang, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Photoactive surfaces reliant on nanostructure asymmetry, chirality, and plasmonic hot spots

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This research aims to validate a new nanofabrication strategy as a leading-edge technique for forming photoactive surfaces that are otherwise unobtainable.

Walker Tuff, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisors
• Svetlana Neretina, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
• Jon Camden, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Materials informatics of liquidous materials for water desalination applications

Hanfeng Zhang Project Image

The objective of this study is to develop an understanding of the structure-property relation for the directional solvents using molecular simulations and machine learning techniques for the water desalination process.

Hanfeng Zhang, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisors
• Tengfei Luo, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
• Ed Maginn, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
• Brandon Ashfeld, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dispersing perovskite quantum dots in water: Enhancing stability by encapsulation in nanoparticles

Xiuyu Jin Project Image

The project aims to develop a robust polymer nanoparticle platform that can encapsulate perovskite quantum dots (PQD) for protection with the ultimate goal to develop a hybrid particle platform with several PQDs for diagnostic sensors.

Xiuyu Jin, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty Advisors
• Haifeng Gao, Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Na Wei, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Methacrylate modified nanoparticles for imaging photopolymerized hydrogels and scaffolds

Lan Li Project Image

Bioengineered constructs have demonstrated tremendous potential in tissue regneration. However, clinical applications have been restricted by a lack of functional vasculature, poor integration, and ineffective methods of longitudinal monitoring in vivo. To address these constraints, we are investigating methacrylate-modified nanoparticle that can be integrated in 3D bioprinting of photopolymerized hydrogels to enable noninvasive, longitudinal tracking of in vivo function using photon-counting computed tomography (PCCT). The overall project is a collaboration between researchers at Notre Dame and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Lan Li, Bioengineering

Faculty Advisors
• Ryan Roeder, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Bioengineering
• Vahid Serpooshan, Georgia Tech