ND Energy broadens the cohort of 2021 Slatt fellowships for undergraduate research

Author: Barbara Villarosa

The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) has welcomed four new recipients of the 2021 Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes at the University of Notre Dame. Students receiving this award are recognized for their academic excellence, outstanding achievements, and passion for finding solutions to the various global energy challenges through research and discovery. 

“We are delighted to broaden this year’s cohort of Slatt scholars and welcome students from Notre Dame and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, to join our research network” said Ginger E. Sigmon, managing director of ND Energy. “It is a win-win by having students from other universities work alongside students at Notre Dame. It provides a unique opportunity for both groups to learn from each other and for us to learn about some of the specific energy challenges in other parts of the world.”

These students will conduct energy-related research projects in collaboration with ND Energy faculty affiliates. Students from Puerto Rico will collaborate remotely, while students from Notre Dame will conduct research on campus. Each scholar has received a $5,000 award to support their research projects and other expenses.

Joining the original cohort of 18 Slatt scholars announced on March 15, 2021, the following students will join a vibrant group of undergraduate researchers who will contribute to the advancement of energy-related research at Notre Dame.  

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Zoe Barnette (’23), major in chemical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, for research titled, “Polyvinylamine-based Facilitated Transport Membranes for CO2 Capture” in the lab of Casey O’Brien, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
Madison Brooks
Madison Brooks ('22), major in environmental engineering at the University of Notre Dame, for research titled, “Water Radiolysis: Uranyl Oxy-Hydroxide Hydrates with Cation Incorporation” in the lab of Peter C. Burns, Massman Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, and director of ND Energy.
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Christian Lee Trujillo Salas ('22), major in chemical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, for research titled, "Design and Optimization of Nanostructured Membrane Sorbents in a Fit-for-Purpose Treatment Framework" in the lab of William Phillip, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of graduate studies.
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Salmady Ramos Valentín ('22), major in chemical engineering at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, for research titled, “Using Molecular Modeling Simulations to Study and Understand the Role of Flexible Porous Materials to Maximize Energy Storage” in the lab of Yamil J. Colón, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.

For more information and to view research project descriptions by Slatt scholars, visit Student Fellowships–Slatt Undergraduate.

Since 2006, the Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes is made possible through the generosity of Christopher (’80) and Jeanine Slatt in honor of Vincent P. Slatt, Notre Dame Class of 1943.

About ND Energy:

ND Energy is a University research center whose mission is to build a better world by creating new energy technologies and systems and educating individuals to help solve the most critical energy challenges facing our world today. For more information, visit the ND Energy website at energy.nd.edu or contact Barbara Villarosa, business and communications program director, at bvillaro@nd.edu or 574-631-4776.

Originally published by Barbara Villarosa at energy.nd.edu on June 11, 2021.