NDnano welcomes summer undergraduate researchers

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Nishtha Gupta 2018 NURFNishtha Gupta, 2018 fellowship recipient, worked under the guidance of Professor William Phillip in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

Summer research is underway for the students awarded fellowships from the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano). This year 16 students will engage in a variety of projects led by NDnano affiliated faculty from the colleges of science and engineering. The NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) recipients are listed below.

During the 10-week program, students conduct research in a broad range of project areas including nanoparticles, metamaterials, polymers, membranes, gas separation, and therapeutics.

The summer researchers represent several universities, including the University of Notre Dame, Bethel University, Syracuse University, University of Mississippi, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.
 In addition to the funding through NDnano, NURF students are also funded by the Woodward Family Endowment for Excellence in NDnano Undergraduate Research and other faculty grants and funds.

Plan to join the NDnano students on July 24 at Jordan Hall as they showcase their work in the University’s Summer Research Symposium. The event will include students from many of the Research Experience for Undergraduates programs taking place at Notre Dame this summer.

2019 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellows

Adriana Archilla NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Adriana Archilla, Syracuse University
Faculty mentor: Professor Donny Hanjaya-Putra (AME)
Project: “Engineering biomimetic materials to control stem cell morphogenesis”

 

 

Grant Barthelmes NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Grant Barthelmes, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor Emily Tsui (Chem/Biochem) and Professor Gregory Snider (EE)
Project: “Synthesis and measurement of charge switching in mixed-valence molecules”

 

 

Austin Booth NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Austin Booth, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Casey O’Brien (CBE)
Project: “Intermetallic hydrogen separation membranes: towards unprecedented permeability and stability”

 

 

Alfred Chang NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Alfred Chang, Carnegie Mellon
Faculty mentors: Professor David Go (AME) and Professor Seong-Kyun Im (AME)
Project: “Using piezoelectric and pyroelectric crystals to directly convert motion and heat into electrical plasmas”

 

 

Evan Ferguson NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Evan Ferguson, Bethel University
Faculty mentor: Professor Ruilan Guo (CBE)
Project: “Polymer membranes with tunable microporosity for gas separations”

 

 

Federico Hita NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Federico Hita, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor David Go (AME) and Professor Seong-Kyun Im (AME)
Project: “Using piezoelectric and pyroelectric crystals to directly convert motion and heat into electrical plasmas”

 

 

Caroline Howell NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Caroline Howell, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor Anthony Hoffman (EE) and Professor Ryan Roeder (AME)
Project: “Phononic nanoparticles for low-loss, tunable nanophotonics in the mid- and far-IR”

 

 

Kiran Jain NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Kiran Jain, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Faculty mentor: Professor Dervis Vural (Physics)
Project: “Control theory of ecosystems”

 

 

Se Hwan Jeon NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Se Hwan Jeon, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor David Go (AME) and Professor Seong-Kyun Im (AME)
Project: “Using piezoelectric and pyroelectric crystals to directly convert motion and heat into electrical plasmas”

 

 

Thomas Kasl NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Thomas Kasl, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor William Phillip (CBE) and Professor Jennifer Schaefer (CBE)
Project: “Molecular layer-by-layer thin film composite membranes for separations”

 

 

Stephen Koch NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Stephen Koch, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Tengfei Luo (AME)
Project: “Fabrication of ductile yet tough polymer nanocomposites”

 

 

Ebrima Komma NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Ebrima Komma, University of Mississippi
Faculty mentor: Professor Jennifer Schaefer (CBE)
Project: “Polymers in next-generation rechargeable batteries”

 

 

Katie LaCosta NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Katherine LaCosta, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Matthew Webber (CBE)
Project: “Targeting therapeutics through supramolecular affinity”

 

 

Zijuan Liang NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Zijuan Liang, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor Svetlana Neretina (AME) and Professor Karel Matous (AME)
Project: “When shock-waves and nanoparticles collide”

 

 

Alex Volk NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Alexander Volk, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Greg Timp (EE) and Dr. Eveline Rigo (EE)
Project: “Modular assembly of metamaterials using light gradient”

 

 

Stephanie Wallace NURF 2019

Fellowship recipient: Stephanie Wallace, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor Paul Helquist (Chem/Biochem) and Professor Prakash Nallathamby (AME)
Project: “Magneto-silica nanoparticles (MagSiNs) for combinatorial chemotherapeutics and gene delivery against metastatic cancers”

Originally published by Heidi Deethardt at nano.nd.edu on May 20, 2019.