Two Notre Dame undergraduate fellows conduct nanoparticle research

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Juwan Jeremy Jacobe and Julia Gattozzi

Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology (NDnano) awarded fellowships to two Notre Dame undergraduates for the summer of 2022. The fellowships, made possible by the Woodward Family Endowment for Excellence in NDnano Undergraduate Research, supported senior Julia Gattozzi (Biological Sciences) and junior Juwan Jeremy Jacobe (Physics) as each conducted hands-on nanoparticle research.

“We are pleased that, thanks to the generosity of the Woodward family, these students were able to gain excellent research experience,” said Alan Seabaugh, the Frank M. Freimann Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of NDnano. “By making this contribution to cutting-edge research, Julia and Juwan have made an impact—not just on their own careers but on our understanding of therapies and technologies that can improve lives and promote the greater good.”

During the summer of 2022, Julia Gattozzi worked with Ryan Roeder, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, and Mary Ann McDowell, professor of biological sciences. Her project investigated whether nanoparticles can deliver a drug to treat the tropical disease leishmaniasis. She focused in particular on creating nanoparticles that ensure proper drug loading and release.

Juwan Jeremy Jacobe also conducted research with professor Ryan Roeder as well as with Anthony Hoffman, associate professor of electrical engineering. His research project focused on a new class of optical materials known as phononic nanoparticles. He explored their untapped potential for realizing new mid- and far-infrared detection and sensing nanotechnologies.

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