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Eighteen Undergraduates Receive 2018 Slatt Fellowships for Energy Research

Nina Welding • DATE: April 12, 2018

The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) offers competitive fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct energy-related research at Notre Dame. These fellowships support new advancements in energy technologies, while broadening the educational experiences for students receiving these awards. These programs are made possible through the generosity of Notre Dame alumni who support energy research and education at Notre Dame.

The Vincent P. Slatt Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes supports undergraduate researchers who are interested in creating better energy systems and devices or strengthening America’s energy future through the development of policies and infrastructure to support new technologies. Students receive awards of up to $5,000 each, most of them working in laboratories on campus alongside other researchers to address some of the most critical issues in energy today. Slatt fellowships are made possible through the generosity of Christopher (ND ’80) and Jeanine Slatt in honor of Vincent P. Slatt, Notre Dame Class of 1943.

The award process, administered by ND Energy, involves student and faculty collaborations on research projects to ensure undergraduate students have an enriching and useful research experience. Peter C. Burns, director of ND Energy, finds it enriching himself to see so many students interested in energy-related research. “Each year, the number goes up and so does the skill set and academic achievements of our student applicants. This makes it more challenging to select the top students to receive these awards, when we are finding that all applicants are worthy of acceptance.”

This year, 18 undergraduate students were awarded 2018 Slatt Fellowships; the largest number of awards since the program began in 2006. They are:

Corey Atwell
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Prashant V. Kamat

Project Title: Gradient to Mixed Halide Perovskite Architecture for Perovskite Solar Cells

Tyler Bear
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Ruilan Guo

Project Title: Synthesis and Characterization of Iptycene-based Polyimides with Tunable Chain Rigidity for Gas Separation Membranes

Colin Brankin
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Jennifer Schaefer

Project Title: Alternative Batteries: Magnesium Electrodeposition from Polymer Films

David Brown
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Faculty Adviser: William Phillip

Project Title: Designing Energy Efficient Diafiltration Units around Self-Assembled Copolymer Membranes that Separate Molecules of Comparable Size

Gabriel Brown
Major: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


Faculty Adviser: David Go

Project Title: Understanding Plasma Catalyst Synergy via Ammonia Production

Janaya Brown
Major: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering/Energy Studies


Faculty Adviser: Abigail Mechtenberg

Project Title: Novel Ugandan Wind Turbine Blades: Science and Technique

Anthony Deziel
Major: Chemistry and Biochemistry


Faculty Adviser: Vlad Iluc

Project Title: Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of Platinum Carbene Complexes

James Drysdale
Major: Chemistry and Biochemistry/Energy Studies/AL/SC Honors Program


Faculty Adviser: Prashant V. Kamat

Project Title: Photovoltaic Application of Perovskite Nanomaterials for Commercial Cell Phone Use

Henri Edouard Francois
Major: Computer Science and Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Abigail Mechtenberg

Project Title: Restoring Energy Production Capacity to Rural Haiti: Energy Generation Systems and Micro Grid Optimization

Joseph Gonzales
Major: Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Hirotaka Sakaue

Project Title: Development of Chemical Anti-Icing Coating for Use on Wind Turbines

Anna Kluender
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Brandon Ashfeld

Project Title: Synthesis of Ionic Liquids Displaying Lower Critical Solution Temperature Behavior

Eric Lee
Major: Applied and Computational Math and Statistics


Faculty Adviser: Stefano Castruccio

Project Title: Forecasting Wind Turbine Vulnerability to Dust Storms in Saudi Arabia

Madison Mettey
Major: Chemistry and Biochemistry


Faculty Adviser: Emily Tsui

Project Title: Synthesis of Transition Metal Alumosiloxide Complexes as Models of Zeolite Active Sites for Energy Related Catalysis

Perfect Mfashijwenimana
Major: Electrical Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Abigail Mechtenberg

Project Title: Evaluating how the E3 Propagation Model can Intertwine with the Rwandan Energy Vision 2050

Musodiq Ogunlowo
Major: Electrical Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Abigail Mechtenberg

Project Title: Empowering Nigerians to Power Nigeria: Designing Multiple Energy Source Input Charge Controller with Locally Built Systems

Arsenii Panteleev
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Jonathan Whitmer

Project Title: Investigation of Structure and Phase Behavior of a Novel Ionic Liquid Crystal

Morgan Seidler
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Jennifer Schaefer

Project Title: Crosslinked Ionomer Films for Use in High-performance Lithium Ion Batteries

Ethan Sunshine
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Faculty Adviser: Ian V. Lightcap

Project Title: Iron-Carbide-Graphene Oxide Sheets: An Entirely New, Non-Precious Metal Catalyst for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Fuel Cells

 

— Barbara Villarosa, ND Energy