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Energy & Sustainability

Providing affordable and readily available energy and clean water for a growing planet is arguably the biggest challenges of this century.  Equally important is making energy and other chemical goods and services in an environmentally conscious fashion, which does not jeopardize opportunities and quality of life for future generations.  Energy and sustainability research at Notre Dame focuses on the development of more energy efficient gas separation and water purification technologies based on ionic liquid absorption and membrane separations.  There is also a significant computational effort in the development of better catalysts for the chemical reduction of NOx.  Exploitation of renewable resources focuses on quantum dot based solar cells, turning ‘solar paint’ into a reality and photoelectochemical reduction of CO2 to liquid fuels, as well as the development of better catalysts for processing of biomass derived chemicals. 

Paul Bohn

Paul Bohn

Schmitt Professor

Office: 318 Stinson-Remick
Phone: 574.631.1849
Email: pbohn@nd.edu

Lab: 319, 322, 323 Stinson-Remick

Website

Research Areas

  • Chemical Sensors
  • Lab-on-a-chip/micro total analytical systems
  •  Bioimaging

Joan Brennecke

Joan Brennecke

Keating-Crawford Professor

Office: 180 Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: 574.631.5847
Email: jfb@nd.edu

Lab: 310-311 Stinson-Remick

Website

Research Areas

  • Ionic Liquids
  • Supercritical Fluids
  • Thermodynamics
  • Environmentally Conscious Chemical Process Design


Rulian Guo

Ruilan Guo

Assistant Professor

Office: 122C Cushing Hall
Phone: 574.631.5581
Email: rguo@nd.edu

Lab: A50E Fitzpatrick Hall

Research Areas

  • Functional Polymer Materials
  • Membrane Separations
  • Fuel Cells
Jason Hicks

Jason Hicks

Assistant Professor

Office: 174 Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: 574.631.3661
Email: jhicks3@nd.edu

Lab: A53 Fitzpatrick Hall

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Research Areas

  • Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Catalysts
  • Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Fuels
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Materials and Catalysts
Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat

Concurrent Professor

Office: 206 Radiation Lab
Phone: 574.631.5411
Email: kamat.1@nd.edu

Lab: 223 Radiation Laboratory

Website

Research Areas

  • Energy & Environment/Catalysis
  • Materials/Interfacial Chemistry
  • Materials/Catalysis
  • Energy conversion and storage
Peter Kilpatrick

Peter Kilpatrick

Professor and Matthew H.
McCloskey Dean of the College
of Engineering


Office: 257 Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: 574.631.5534
Email: pkilpat1@nd.edu

Lab: A50 & A70 Fitzpatrick Hall



Research Areas

  • Surfacant and interfacial science
  • Fluid microstructure
  • Colloidal aggregates
  • Phase equilibria
  • Biotechnology
Edward Maginn

Edward Maginn

Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies and Department Chair

Office: 182 Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: 574.631.5687
Email: ed@nd.edu

Lab: 150 Fitzpatrick Hall, COMSEL

Website

Research Areas

  • Molecular modeling
  • Ionic liquids
  • Actinides
  • Thermodynamics
Mark  McCready

Mark McCready

Professor and Department Chair

Office: 182 Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: 574.631.7146
Email: mjm@nd.edu

Lab: 120-121 Stinson Remick

Research Areas

  • Multiphase flows
  • Ionic liquid technologies
  • Nucleation and phase change
Paul McGinn

Paul McGinn

Professor

Office: 178 Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: 574.631.6151
Email: pmcginn@nd.edu

Lab: B-10 Fitz and SR 327

 Website

Research Areas

  • Combinatorial Materials Processing
  • Thin film processing
  • Diesel Soot Catalysis
  • Ceramics Processing
Alexander Mukasyan

Alexander Mukasyan

Research Professor

Office: 310 Cushing Hall
Phone: 574.631.9825
Email: amoukasi@nd.edu

Lab: B-21 Fitzpatrick Hall

 Website

Research Areas

  • Nanotechnology
  • High Energy Density Materials
  • Novel Alternative Energy Sources
William Phillip

William A. Phillip

Assistant Professor

Office: 121B Cushing Hall
Phone: 574.631.2708
Email: wphillip@nd.edu

Lab: A71 Fitzpatrick Hall

Research Areas

  • Chemical separation processes at the water-energy nexus
  • Membrane materials and fabrication
  • Mass transfer
  • Structure-property-performance relationships in membrane systems
Salma Saddawi

Salma Saddawi

Professional Specialist

Office: 224B Cushing Hall
Phone: 574.631.3324
Email: ssaddawi@nd.edu

Lab: 205 Stinson Remick

Website

Research Areas

  • Environmental and Biotechnology
Roger Schmitz

Roger Schmitz

Keating-Crawford Professor Emeritus

Office: 305 Cushing Hall
 Phone: 574.631.7798
 Email: rschmitz@nd.edu

Research Areas

  • Ecosystems and the Environment
William Schneider

William Schneider

Professor

Office: 123B Cushing Hall
Phone: 574.631.8754
Email: wschneider@nd.edu

Lab: 150 Fitzpatrick Hall, COMSEL

Website


Research Areas

  • Density functional theory, applied to
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Ionic liquids
  • Molecular design
Mark Stadtherr

Mark Stadtherr

Keating-Crawford Professor

Office: 118A Cushing Hall
Phone: 574.631.9318
Email: markst@nd.edu

Lab: 324 Cushing Hall, 150 Fitzpatrick

Website

Research Areas

  • Modeling and computation
  • energy and sustainability
  • Global optimization
  • Ionic Liquids
Franklin Tao

Franklin Tao

Concurrent Assistant Professor

Office: 132A Nieuwland
Phone: 574.631.1394
Email: ftao@nd.edu

Lab: Stepan Hall of Science 151, 152, 154, and Rad Lab 239

Research Areas

  • Catalysis
  • Nanoscience
  • Energy Conversion
  • Synthesis of Nanomaterials

Edwardo Wolf

Eduardo Wolf

Anthony Earley Professor of Energy and the Environment

Office: 172 Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: 574.631.5897
Email: ewolf@nd.edu

Lab: A67 Fitzpatrick Hall

Research Areas

  • Heterogenous Catalysis
  • Photocatalysis
  • Hydrogen Generation
  • Reaction Generation
Elaine Zhu

Yingxi Elaine Zhu

Associate Professor

Office: 123A Cushing Hall
Phone: 574.631.2667
Email: yzhu3@nd.edu

Lab: Fitzpatrick A67E and B08

 Website

Research Areas

  • Soft Materials Science
  • Surface and Interface
  • Confined Fluids
  • Membrane and Biomembrane