Student Projects

More than 250 students from Notre Dame and universities around the world have participated in the NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) program since it began in 2009. Each year, the students recap their summer research projects. Below you can find project summaries from those who have been part of the program for the last four years.

Analyis of porosity, mineralization, and damage as contributors to fracture risk (Benjamin MacCurtain)

Benjamin MacCurtain 2017 NURF

Abstract: This study utilized a combination of experimental and computational methods to develop a non-linear finite element model capable of predicting human cortical bone fractures based on the levels of fatigue microdamage, porosity and mineralization. Based on preliminary tests the non-linear model can predict a fracture during simulation based upon the above-mentioned bone characteristics with better than random probability. Additional steps are being taken to ensure the non-linear finite element model and the experimental model are demonstrating bone fracture initiation points in the same region. 

 

Student Names

Benjamin MacCurtain • Dublin City University (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Glen Niebur • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Prof. Ryan Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Analysis and experimental demonstration of thermal diodes with phase-change and phase-invariant material junctions (Raul Lema Galindo)

Raul Lema Galindo 2017 NURF

Abstract: My main task during research was to test a thermal diode composed of a junction of two materials, one of which was phase-invariant, and the other underwent phase transition at a known temperature. Using a thermal conductivity testing instrument, it was possible to demonstrate that an appreciable thermal rectification could be obtained when comparing the sample thermal conductivity under forward and reverse temperature bias, where the phase change material was present in one of two phases depending on the direction of heat flow, i.e. which side of the sample (phase-invariant or phase-change material side) was exposed to higher temperature. 

 

Student Names

Raul Lema Galindo • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Tengfei Luo • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Chemical sensor for fluid dynamic and environmental applications (Alfredo Duarte)

Alfredo Duarte 2017 NURF

Abstract: Pressure sensitive paint consists of two luminescent dyes: a reference probe and a pressure sensitive probe, solvent, polymer, and porous material. In this study, I elaborated the individual luminescent powders of the PSP by varying parameters such as the concentration of luminescent dye and porous material, solvent and method of drying. The powders were then characterized by its brightness and uniformity. 

 

Student Names

Alfredo Duarte • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Hirotaka Sakaue • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Custom‐built reaction chambers and in situ monitoring tools (Kyle Kotesky)

Kyle Kotesky 2017 NURF

Abstract
Catalyst Leach Project

This project consisted of experimenting on different metal catalysts to see if they leach. Thin metal films were used. The atoms of the metal detach from catalyst causing the atoms to form nanoparticles that become catalytic. This causes the reaction to continue even when the initial catalysts is removed. A 3-D drawing was needed to demonstrate how the samples were put in and taken out of cuvette. A spectrometer is used to monitor the solutions reacting time.
 

Sample Holder Design Project
A design to hold a sample in a spectrometer was needed to apply voltage to the sample. This would allow the spectrometer to monitor the sample that has current travelling through it. This had to be small enough to fit into the spectrometer and hold a 7 cm x 7 cm x 0.07 cm sample.
 

Stamping Removal Design Project
A new stamping design for nanoimprint lithography was needed to have a better way to remove the sample from the stamp. Once the sample is heated up and stamped, the removal process took too much time and did not consistently work. The new design must hold the sample and adjust to the sample size. The holder should remove the sample from the stamp when the holder moves up away from stamp.

 

Student Names

Kyle Kotesky • Purdue Polytechnic

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Svetlana Neretina • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Dendrite growth in rechargeable lithium metal batteries (Daniel Hardiman)

Daniel Hardiman 2017 NURF

Abstract: Widespread commercialization of lithium metal battery technology has been prevented for decades by lithium dendrite growth, which is caused by uneven electrodeposition of lithium metal and can lead to short-circuiting. The goal of this project was to determine how various characteristics of the solid polymer electrolyte used in lithium metal batteries affect the timescales of dendrite growth and short-circuiting. The results so far indicate that the timescales of dendrite nucleation are affected by the chemical composition of the polymer electrolyte and not just its mechanical properties as previously thought.

 

Student Names

Daniel Hardiman • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Jennifer Schaefer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Elucidating fundamental transport properties of co-polymer-derived charge mosaic membranes (Sushree Jagriti Sahoo)

Jagriti Sahoo 2017 NURF

Abstract: The W.A.T.E.R lab has developed charge mosaic membranes that facilitate diffusion of charged solutes over water through oppositely charged regions. These are being fabricated by ink-jet printing polymeric materials onto a structural template. The CMMs are being printed by using the striped pattern which is alternatively printing positively charged and negatively charged polyelectrolytes. To develop an understanding of how these membranes function, we conducted diffusion cell experiments for salts of varying valency, having different concentrations and ionic mobility. Through the experimental water flow and solute throughput tests, we were able to elucidate how the nanoscale structure and chemical functionalities of the membranes impact the observed transport properties.

 

Student Names

Sushree Jagriti Sahoo • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. William A. Phillip • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Engineering multifunctional nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery in cancer (Kate Mockler)

Kate Mockler 2017 NURF

Abstract: Most cancer drugs fail in clinical studies not because they are ineffective in killing cancer cells, but because they cannot be administered in doses high enough to destroy the tumor without dangerously harming the patient. One potential solution to this problem is to encapsulate anticancer drugs in liposomal nanoparticles that selectively target only cancer cells. The conjugation of ligands to liposomes enables active targeting of the tumor through specific binding to tumor-associated receptors.

 

Student Names

Kate Mockler • University College Dublin (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Basar Bilgicer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Engineering optical modes in thin layers of epsilon-near-zero polar semiconductors (Zhaoyuan Fang)

Zhaoyuan Fang 2017 NURF

Abstract: We demonstrate how crystal vibrations, called phonons, can be leveraged to engineer optical modes in thin layers of polar semiconductors. We characterize coupling to the Berreman mode for four different samples using polarization-, angle- and wavelength-dependent reflection spectroscopy and compare the results to numerical models developed using rigorous coupled wave analysis and finite difference frequency domain techniques; there is good agreement between experiment and simulations. These materials could eventually be used to engineer fundamentally new optoelectronic devices for the mid- and far-IR.

 

Student Names

Zhaoyuan Fang • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Anthony Hoffman • Electrical Engineering
Prof. Ryan K. Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Engineering responsive peptide-based drug nanocarriers (Calvin Nazareth)

Calvin Nazareth 2017 NURF

Abstract: Previously, we have established a library of amphiphilic that form nanostructures and gels. Near UV circular dichroism and infrared spectroscopy on the peptide gels show minimal signs of beta sheets. We developed analogous ‘tripeptoids’ to analyze the importance of hydrogen bonding in the peptide hydrogels. Peptoids have a side chain on the nitrogen rather than the carbon. Our peptoids did not form hydrogels however, they formed nanostructures similar to the peptides. 

 

Student Names

Calvin Nazareth • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Matthew J. Webber • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Project Summary

Generation of polymeric shell encapsulating microdroplets by AC electrospray and fabrication of silicon nanopore array by inverted pyramid technique (Shivam Agarwal)

Shivam Agarwal 2017 NURF

Abstract: We present the method to produce microdroplets encapsulated by styrene shell by AC electrospray method. We used the noble idea of ohmic heating generated due to applied electric field at the tip of capillary to polymerize the styrene thus forming the shell. We have also fabricated silicon nanopore array by inverted pyramid technique to achieve multi-target quantification of droplets.

 

Student Names

Shivam Agarwal • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Hsueh-Chia Chang • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

High-throughput spray coating of membranes for applications in desalination and waste chemical recovery (Mauricio Segovia)

Mauricio Segovia 2017 NURF

Abstract: Membranes are an important aspect of many water filtration systems. However, many membranes produced from conventional methods have one of two functions: filtration of contaminates based on their size or filtration of contaminates based on their chemistry. In order to produce a membrane with both of these function, nanoporous membranes based on self-assembled polymers have been shown to be a promising class of membranes. The research done this summer was to build two spraying techniques of thin-film deposition that utilized electric fields and to optimize the membrane performance based off of the spraying parameters.

 

Student Names

Mauricio Segovia • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. David Go • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Prof. William A. Phillip • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Monolayer thin film deposition of nanoparticles for analysis of optical properties (Bryce Beddard)

Bryce Beddard 2017 NURF

Abstract: Optical characterization of phononic nanoparticles is necessary to explore their potential applications in the mid- to far-IR spectrums. A robust dip coating process to develop monolayer thin films was designed. Various parameters were explored to increase the reliability and consistency of the process. These included adsorbed self assembled monolayers on the substrate, concentration of nanoparticles in suspension, and the volume of suspension used in each dip coat.

 

Student Names

Bryce Beddard • Vanderbilt University

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Anthony Hoffman • Electrical Engineering
Prof. Ryan K. Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

Project Summary

Predicting material elastic responses from molecular dynamics simulations (Nishi Kashyap)

Nishi Kashyap 2017 NURF

Abstract: Biological membranes play a very important role especially when it comes to functioning of living cells. They experience fluctuating properties like undulation of surface due to excitation at physiological temperatures which has a serious impact on their functioning. Clearly, being able to monitor their elastic properties holds a lot of significance. For studying these undulations in membranes, like, local protrusions and variable thickness, Helfrich-type continuum model,one of the most reliable method, has been applied using fourier transformation. All the results have been obtained on 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC).The study further includes analysis on multiple mixtures of Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), 1,2-(cis-cis-9,12-octadecadienoyl)-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DUPC) and Cholestrol.

 

Student Names

Nishi Kashyap • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Jonathan K. Whitmer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Recruitment of endogenous antibodies (Joseph Riehm)

Joseph Riehm 2017 NURF

Abstract: The molecule under development is a proof of concept for a peptide that recruits antibodies naturally present in humans to a chosen cell receptor, marking the cell for destruction by the immune system. A series of molecules were designed to multivalently target, thus promoting a covalent conjugation to an antibody and, with a second targeting moiety, attach to another antibody or cell receptor. This complex is designed to securely mark the cell for destruction.

 

Student Names

Joseph Riehm • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Basar Bilgicer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Synthesis and characterization of novel electrolytes for rechargeable batteries (Alisha Agrawal)

Alisha Agrawal 2017 NURF

Abstract: Polymer electrolytes have been in demand since solid state batteries were discovered. In addition to ease of processing, they have good mechanical properties and high chemical, electrochemical and photochemical stability. It is highly desirable to create high conductivity polymers which can be facilitated by engineering microstructures. This project includes the synthesis and study of small novel electrolytes such as lithium alkyl salts which can be used to study transport and phase transition(s) with an eye towards application in polymer electrolytes. After synthesis, elemental analysis, DSC and dielectric measurements were carried out for characterization. The effect of electrolyte composition on properties like conductivity and thermodynamics was studied. Simultaneously, changes in volume and enthalpy with respect to temperature were examined in atomistic molecular dynamics simulations to validate the phase transitions observed in experiments. Future work on these materials will involve stabilization by polymerization in order to lend mechanical stability to these phases. 

 

Student Names

Alisha Agrawal • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Jennifer Schaefer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Prof. Jonathan Whitmer • Chemical  Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Synthesis of peptidic derivatives of 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxamide and investigation of their supramolecular assembly (William McCarthy)

William McCarthy 2017 NURF

Abstract: Supramolecular self-assembly describes a process of molecular recognition and organization into defined structures using specific, directional, non-covalent interactions. Supramolecular structures can lead to materials with dynamic, responsive and highly tuneable properties that have application in drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine among many others. We are specifically interested in illustrating the utility of creating supramolecular biomaterials arising from the 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxamide (BTA) hydrogen bonding motif. Specifically, through appendage of peptides to the BTA core, it is our objective to create hydrogels which may be useful as biomaterials.

 

Student Names

William McCarthy • Trinity College Dublin (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Matthew J. Webber • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Project Summary

Targeted asparaginase for improved treatment of pediatric leukemia (Siena Mantooth)

Siena Mantooth 2017 NURF

Abstract: We sought to target the drug L-Asparaginase to lymphoblastic leukemia cells. Thus, we have explored routes to modify L-Asparaginase through bioconjugation for attachment of minimal supramolecular affinity motifs. Simultaneously, we are modifying tissue-specific labeling moieties with the complementary portion of these affinity motifs. Thus, a cell or tissue of interest could be labeled with one half of the affinity motif, which would subsequently serve to home the modified enzyme to this site through a supramolecular affinity axis.

 

Student Names

Siena Mantooth • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Matthew J. Webber • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Adjustable photonics of SiO2-Au core-shell nanoparticles (Kyle Iwamoto)

Kyle Iwamoto 2016 NURF

Student Names

Kyle Iwamoto • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Ryan K. Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Complex coacervates and the effects of chain length on critical properties (AJ Zervoudakis)

Aristotle Zervoudakis 2016 NURF

Student Names

Aristotle Zervoudakis • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Jonathan K. Whitmer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Designing hyperbolic metamaterials using polar III-nitride semiconductors (Thomas Witte)

Thomas Witte 2016 NURF

Student Names

Thomas Witte • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Anthony Hoffman • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Development of a chemical sensor for fluid dynamic applications (Arnau Rodriguez Rubio)

Arnau Rodriguez 2016 NURF

Student Names

Arnau Rodriguez Rubio • Universitat Rovira i Virgili

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Hirotaka Sakaue • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Estimation of Qubit and other Hamiltonians (Sushrut Ghonge)

Sushrut Ghonge 2016 NURF

Student Names

Sushrut Ghonge • Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Dervis Vural • Physics

 

Project Summary

Fabrication methods of solid state battery electrolytes (Liam McDermott)

Liam Mcdermott 2016 NURF

Student Names

Liam McDermott • McMaster University (Summer Exchange Program)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Paul McGinn • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Fabrication of polymer nanofibers with anomalous thermal conductivity (Manikandan Suresh)

Manikandan Suresh 2016 NURF

Student Names

Manikandan Suresh • Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Tengfei Luo • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Fabrication of polymer nanofibers with anomalous thermal conductivity (Peter Hanly)

Peter Hanly 2016 NURF

Student Names

Peter Hanly • University College Dublin (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Tengfei Luo • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

High-speed terahertz near-field imaging with optical imaging resolution (Talha Choudhry)

Talha Choudhry 2016 NURF

Student Names

M. Talha Choudhry • Pakistan Navy Engineering College

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Lei Liu • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Identifying nanostructure in medieval manuscripts (Thomas Clarke)

Thomas Clarke 2016 NURF

Student Names

Thomas Clarke • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Zachary Schultz • Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

Immunotargeted nanoparticles bind to cancer cells (Joseph Sawyer)

Joseph Sawyer 2016 NURF

Student Names

Joseph Sawyer • Purdue University

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Ryan K. Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Implementing selective swelling agents to tailor the nanostructure and transport properties of self-assembled copolymer membranes (Jin Kim)

Jin Kim 2016 NURF

Student Names

Jin Kim • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. William A. Phillip • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Project Summary

Light transmission spectroscopy for the sizing of nanoparticles in suspension (Frances Ryan)

Frances Ryan 2016 NURF

Student Names

Frances Ryan • Dublin City University (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Steve Ruggiero • Physics
Prof. Carol Tanner • Physics

 

Project Summary

Magnetoelectric nanoparticles to specifically target cancer cells in vitro (Andrea Oviedo)

Andrea Oviedo 2016 NURF

Student Names

Andrea Oviedo • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Tiffanie Stewart • NDnano

 

Project Summary

Microperforation of silicon wafers for variable permittivity (Nicolas Garcia)

Nicolas Garcia 2016 NURF

Student Names

Nicolas Garcia • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Professor Jonathan Chisum • Electrical Engineering
Professor Patrick Fay • Electrical Engineering
Professor Lei Liu • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Non-invasive quantification of biomaterial degradation using nanoparticle imaging probes (James Tedesco)

James Tedesco 2016 NURF

Student Names

James Tedesco • McMaster University (Summer Exchange Program)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Ryan K. Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Penetrating cancerous multiceullar aggregates with magnetoelectric nanoparticles (Rachel Hanley)

Rachel Hanley 2016 NURF

Student Names

Rachel Hanley • Dublin City University (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Tiffanie Stewart • NDnano

 

Project Summary

Polymer electrolytes for advanced rechargeable batteries (Vasu Tekriwala)

Vasu Tekriwala 2016 NURF

Student Names

Vasu Tekriwala • Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Jennifer Schaefer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Production of magnetoelectric nanoparticles and functionalization for increased biocompatibility (Eoin O'Sullivan)

Eoin Osullivan 2016 NURF

Student Names

Eoin O'Sullivan • Trinity College Dublin (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Tiffanie Stewart • NDnano

Project Summary

Tailoring the chemistry of copolymer-based embrane adsorbers for heavy metals removal via high-throughput evaluation techniques (Ryan LaRue)

Ryan Larue 2016 NURF

Student Names

Ryan LaRue • McMaster University (Summer Exchange Program)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. William A. Phillip • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

The role of methylammonium cations in perovskite solar cells (Charles Marchant)

Charles Marchant 2016 NURF

Student Names

Charles Marchant • University College Dublin (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Prashant V. Kamat • Chemistry & Biochemistry

Project Summary

Waste-to-Value: Simultaneous wastewater treatment and energy production using solar photoelectrochemical fuel cells (Juan Velazquez)

Juan Velazquez 2016 NURF

Student Names

Juan Velazquez • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Kyle Doudrick • Civil and Envirionmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

 

Project Summary

Analyzing fictional participatory governance scenarios with automated text analysis (Justin Stamets)

Justin Stamets 2015 NURF

Student Names

Justin Stamets • Indiana University

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Kathleen Eggleson • NDnano

 

Project Summary

A screen for siRNA nanoparticle pesticides to target mosquito vectors of human disease (Megan Kilbride)

Student Names

Megan Kilbride • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Molly Duman Scheel • Biological Sciences & IU School of Medicine-South Bend

 

Project Summary

Biocomplexity and uncertainty: Science, technology, and ethics in the real-world case of metal nanoparticles in heavy commercial use (Joshua Dempsey)

Joshua Dempsey 2015 NURF

Student Names

Joshua Dempsey • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Kathleen Eggleson • NDnano

 

Project Summary

Coordination chemistry of the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite precursor solution (Tessa Ronan)

Diego Rosas 2015 NURF

Student Names

Tessa Ronan • Dublin City University (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Prashant V. Kamat • Chemistry  Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

Demonstration of light sources and solar cells for introductory course in electrical engineering (Anthony Hanner)

Student Names

Anthony Hanner • Indiana University South Bend

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Gary Bernstein • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Efficient upconversion in solar cells (Albert Pucci)

Albert Pucci 2015 NURF

Student Names

Albert Pucci • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Mark Wistey • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Engineering the linear stability of ray trajectories in highly compact chaotic multipass cells (Luis Cortes Herrera)

Luis Cortes 2015 NURF

Student Names

Luis Cortes Herrera • Tecnológico de Monterrey

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Anthony Hoffman • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Gadolinium nanoparticle contrast agent for MRI/CT dual mode imaging (Patricia Sosa Silva)

Patricia Sosa 2015 NURF

Student Names

Patricia Sosa Silva • Tecnológico de Monterrey

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Ryan K. Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Initial study and demonstration of terahertz adaptive wireless communication (SeungGoo Kang)

SeungGoo Kang 2015 NURF

Student Names

SeungGoo Kang • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Lei Liu • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Interdisciplinary research of chemical sensor development for fluid dynamic applications (Daiki Kurihara)

Daiki Kurihara 2015 NURF

Student Names

Daiki Kurihara • Tokyo University of Science

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Hirotaka Sakaue • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Light transmission spectroscopy: A new bio-molecular tool (Roland Rebuyon)

Roland Rebuyon 2015 NURF

 

Student Names

Roland Rebuyon • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Steve Ruggiero • Physics

Prof. Carol Tanner • Physics

Project Summary

Maximizing the potential of energy transfer in squaraine dye / CdSe quantum dot hybrid solar cells (Isaac Wappes)

Isaac Wappes 2015 NURF

Student Names

Isaac Wappes • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Prashant V. Kamat • Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

Micro-maker system for custom printed electronics (Maxwell Kennard)

Maxwell Kennard 2015 NURF

Student Names

Maxwell Kennard • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. David Hoelzle • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Modelling aging in complex networks (Sushrut Ghonge)

Sushrut Ghonge 2016 NURF

Student Names

Sushrut Ghonge • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Dervis Vural • Physics

Project Summary

Nanoelectronics from two-dimensional materials (Rigel Galindo Esparza)

Rigel Galindo 2015 NURF

Student Names

Rigel Galindo Esparza • Tecnológico de Monterrey

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Alan Seabaugh • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Nanoparticle contrast agents for spectral computed tomography (Anthony Goo)

Anthony Goo 2015 NURF

Student Names

Anthony Goo • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Ryan K. Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Nanoparticle synthesis for fabrication of 3D solid-state batteries (Michael Junker)

Michael Junker 2015 NURF

Student Names

Michael Junker • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Paul McGinn • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Nano-structured arrays for sustainable water treatment technologies (Darragh Lombard)

Darragh Lombard 2015 NURF

Student Names

Darragh Lombard • University College Cork (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Kyle Doudrick • Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

 

Project Summary

Nano-structured arrays for sustainable water treatment technologies (Diego Rosas Villalva)

Diego Rosas 2015 NURF

Student Names

Diego Rosas Villalva • Universidad de las Américas Puebla

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Kyle Doudrick • Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

 

Project Summary

Non-Boolean computing using nanodevices (Emily Song)

Emily Song 2015 NURF

Student Names

Emily Song • Columbia University

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Gyorgy Csaba • Electrical Engineering

Prof. Wolfgang Porod • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Non-Boolean computing using nanodevices (Nicholas Salay)

Nicholas Salay 2015 NURF

Student Names

Nicholas Salay • Purdue College of Technology

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Gyorgy Csaba • Electrical Engineering

Prof. Wolfgang Porod • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Perovskite solar cell (Sooraj Ben Kallarackal Rajan)

Sooraj Kallarackal Rajan 2015 NURF

Student Names

Sooraj Ben Kallarackal Rajan • Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram (S.N. Bose Scholar)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Prashant V. Kamat • Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

Picometer-diameter pore-based protein sequencing (Clare Tennant)

Student Names

Clare Tennant • University of Notre Dame  (Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Fellow)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Gregory Timp • Electrical Engineering and Biological Sciences

Prof. Tetsuya Tanaka • Biological Sciences

 

Project Summary

Plasma jets for nanomaterials synthesis (Jorge Ramirez)

Jorge Ramirez 2015 NURF

Student Names

Jorge Ramirez • University of Texas El Paso

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. David Go • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Removing surface residue from graphene via CO2 annealing (Edward Hunckler)

Student Names

Edward Hunckler • University of Notre Dame (NSF REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Susan Fullerton • NDnano & Electrical Engineering

Prof. Alan Seabaugh • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Repair of and research with a scanning electron microscope (Austin Cullison)

Austin Cullison 2015 NURF

Student Names

Austin Cullison • Purdue College of Technology

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Gary H. Bernstein • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Selective inhibition of allergic responses and autoimmunity (Maura Vrabel)

Maura Vrabel 2015 NURF

Student Names

Maura Vrabel • University of Notre Dame  (Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Fellow)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Basar Bilgicer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

SERS detection of glucose phosphate isomers (Colleen Riordan)

Colleen Riordan 2015 NURF

Student Names

Colleen Riordan • University of Notre Dame (Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Research Fellow)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Zachary Schultz • Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

Signal processing using LC lattice microwave networks (Áine Cahill)

Aine Cahill 2015 NURF

Student Names

Áine Cahill • Trinity College Dublin (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Gyorgy Csaba • Electrical Engineering

Prof. Wolfgang Porod • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Spatially patterned microfabricated co-cultures to study cancer development and progress (Jack Casey)

Jack Casey 2015 NURF

Student Names

Jack Casey • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Pinar Zorlutuna • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Stochastic computing with nanomagnet logic (NML) (Katherine Sanders)

Katherine Sanders 2015 NURF

Student Names

Katherine Sanders • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Sharon Hu • Computer Science & Engineering

 

Project Summary

Thermal properties of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA):LiClO4 electrolytes for room temperature doping of 2D crystal transistors (Ashley Fuller)

Student Names

Ashley Fuller • Saint Mary's College/University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Susan Fullerton • NDnano & Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Thermal rectification in a hexadecane-paraffin wax junction (Brian Buechler)

Brian Buechler 2015 NURF

Student Names

Brian Buechler • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Tengfei Luo • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Toxicity studies of nanoparticles (Jennifer Diamond)

Jennifer Diamond 2015 NURF

Student Names

Jennifer Diamond • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Paul Huber • Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

Ultra-low energy computation (Cleo Harvey)

Cleo Harvey 2015 NURF

Student Names

Cleo Harvey • Dublin City University (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Gregory Snider • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Ultra-low energy computation (Sergio Dieck Sa)

Sergio Dieck 2015 NURF

Student Names

Sergio Dieck Sa • Tecnológico de Monterrey

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Gregory Snider • Electrical Engineering

Project Summary

YAP and TAZ effects on bone formation (James Dawahare)

James Dawahare 2015 NURF

Student Names

James Dawahare • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Joel Boerckel • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Approaching real-time photo-induced THz coded aperture imaging using compressed sensing (Sakshi Singh)

Sakshi Singh 2014 NURF

Student Names

Sakshi Singh • Amrita University

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Lei Liu • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Artificial tissue formation using laser-based optical tweezers (Steven Penny)

Steven Penny 2014 NURF

Student Names

Steven Penny • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Gregory Timp • Electrical Engineering and Biological Sciences

Prof. Tetsuya Tanaka • Biological Sciences

 

Project Summary

Biocomplexity and uncertainty -- Science, technology and ethics in the real-world case of metal nanoparticles in heavy commercial use (Joshua Dempsey)

Joshua Dempsey 2015 NURF

Student Names

Joshua Dempsey • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Kathleen Eggleson • NDnano

 

Project Summary

Depositing and characterizing two-dimensional materials for low-voltage memory (Katie O'Neill)

Katie O'Neill 2014 NURF

Student Names

Katie O'Neill • Trinity College Dublin

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Susan Fullerton • NDnano and Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Design and characterization of ultrafast chip-to-chip interconnects (Xinyi Wang)

Xinyi Wang 2014 NURF

Student Names

Xinyi Wang • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Patrick Fay • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Design and evaluation of CNN-based circuits using beyond-CMOS devices (Arsal Habib)

Student Names

Arsal Habib • Union College

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Sharon Hu • Computer Science & Engineering

Prof. Michael Niemier • Computer Science & Engineering

 

Project Summary

DNA origami (Keenan Linder)

Keenan Linder 2014 NURF

Student Names

Keenan Linder • Chicago State University

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Marya Lieberman • Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dr. Valerie Goss • Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

DNA origami (Rose Doerfler)

Rose Doerfler 2014 NURF

Student Names

Rose Doerfler • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Marya Lieberman • Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dr. Valerie Goss • Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

Engineering multifunctional nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery In cancer (Vincenzo Pizzuti)

Vincenzo Pizzuti 2014 NURF

Student Names

Vincenzo Pizzuti • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Basar Bilgicer • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

 

Project Summary

Graphene-based assemblies for the detection and photocatalytic degradation of contaminants (Barry Reid)

Barry Reid 2014 NURF

Student Names

Barry Reid • Dublin City University (Naughton Fellow)

 

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Prashant Kamat • Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

Integrated platform for nucleic acid sensing (Robin Lawler)

Robin Lawler 2014 NURF

Student Names

Robin Lawler • University of Notre Dame

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Hsueh-Chia Chang • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Project Summary

Light transmission spectroscopy (LTS): A new bio-molecular tool (Roland Rebuyon)

Roland Rebuyon 2014 NURF

Student Names

Roland Rebuyon • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Steve Ruggiero • Physics

Prof. Carol Tanner • Physics

 

Project Summary

Nanoelectronics from two-dimensional materials (Buchanan Bourdon)

Buchanan Bourdon 2014 NURF

Student Names

Buchanan Bourdon • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Alan Seabaugh • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Nanoelectronics from two-dimensional materials (Patrick Foley)

Patrick Foley 2014 NURF

Student Names

Patrick Foley • University College Cork (Naughton Fellow)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Alan Seabaugh • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Nano-optics of electronic molecules (Anuj Kumar)

Student Names

Anuj Kumar • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Alexander Mintairov • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Nanoparticle contrast agents for detecting damaged cartilage (Katherine Iliff)

Student Names

Katherine Iliff • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Ryan Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

Prof. Diane Wagner • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Nanoparticle contrast agents for spectral (color) X-ray imaging (Margaret Best)

Student Names

Margaret Best • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Ryan Roeder • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Non-Boolean computing using nanodevices (Quinn O'Rourke)

Quinn O'Rourke 2014 NURF

Student Names

Quinn O'Rourke • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Wolfgang Porod • Electrical Engineering

Prof. György Csaba • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Non-Boolean computing using nanodevices (Robert Frame)

Robert Frame 2014 NURF

Student Names

Robert Frame • Purdue College of Technology

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Wolfgang Porod • Electrical Engineering

Prof. György Csaba • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Non-Boolean computing using nanodevices (Sam O'Mahony)

Sam O'Mahony 2014 NURF

Student Names

Sam O'Mahony • University College Cork (Naughton REU)

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Wolfgang Porod • Electrical Engineering

Prof. György Csaba • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Plasma jets for nanomaterials synthesis (Nathaniel Griggs)

Nathaniel Griggs 2014 NURF

Student Names

Nathaniel Griggs • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. David Go • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Plasma jets for nanomaterials synthesis (Santiago Martinez)

Santiago Martinez 2014 NURF

Student Names

Santiago Martinez • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. David Go • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Quantum dot solar cell (Abigail Swint)

Abigail Swint 2014 NURF

Student Names

Abigail Swint • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Prashant Kamat • Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

Restrahlen band optics with surface phonon polaritons (Luis Cortes Herrera)

Luis Cortes Herrera 2014 NURF

Student Names

Luis Enrique Cortes Herrera • Tecnológico de Monterrey

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Anthony Hoffman • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Simulation of upconverting nanostructures (Matthew Henne)

Student Names

Matthew Henne • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Mark Wistey • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Stochastic computing and nanomagnet logic (Katherine Sanders)

Katherine Sanders 2014 NURF

Student Names

Katherine Sanders • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Sharon Hu • Computer Science & Engineering

Prof. Michael Niemier • Computer Science & Engineering

 

Project Summary

Surface enhanced raman detection of glycans (Colleen Riordan)

Colleen Riordan 2014 NURF

Student Names

Colleen Riordan • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Zachary Schultz • Chemistry & Biochemistry

 

Project Summary

Two-dimensional semiconductors: New toys for the next nano(opto) electronics era (Katrina Magno)

Student Names

Katrina Magno • University of Notre Dame

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Huili Grace Xing • Electrical Engineering

Prof. Debdeep Jena • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary

Ultra-low energy computation (Rene Celis Cordova)

Rene Celis Cordova 2014 NURF

Student Names

Rene Celis Cordova • Tecnológico de Monterrey

 

Faculty Mentor(s)

Prof. Gregory Snider • Electrical Engineering

 

Project Summary