Undergraduate fellows tackle a variety of projects in NDnano summer program

Author: Heidi Deethardt


Several students are on campus conducting summer research as part of the 2021 Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology (NDnano) Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) program. The students, listed below, are engaged in projects led by NDnano affiliated faculty. During the 10-week program, students conduct research in a broad range of areas, including nanofabrication, nanoparticles, therapeutics, membranes, modeling and design.

The NDnano summer researchers represent several universities, including Notre Dame, Saint Mary's College, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, Vanderbilt, Purdue, University of Florida, and Universidad de las Américas Puebla. They are funded by NDnano, the Woodward Family Endowment for Excellence in NDnano Undergraduate Research, and other faculty grants and funds.

Learn more about their research on July 21 by attending the Summer Research Symposium at Jordan Hall. The event will include students from many of the undergraduate research programs taking place at Notre Dame this summer.

2021 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellows
 

Alexandra Alvarado NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Alexandra Alvarado, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor Ryan Roeder (AME) and Professor Laurie Littlepage (Chemistry/Biochemistry)
Project: Nanoparticle theranostic agents for breast cancer

 

 

Brian Beas NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Brian Beas, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Nosang Myung (CBE)
Project: Development of molecular organic framework nanoparticles embedded polymeric nanofibers for energy harvesting and storage

 

 

Abigail Brown NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Abigail Brown, Saint Mary's/Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor Greg Snider (EE) and Professor Alexei Orlov (EE)
Project: Adiabatic capacitive logic for ultra-low power electronics

 

 

Brenda Cruz-Alvarez NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Brenda Cruz-Gonzalez, Universidad de las Américas Puebla
Faculty mentors: Professor Prakash Nallathamby (AME) and Professor Paul Helquist (Chemistry/Biochemistry)
Project: Magneto-silica nanoparticles (MagSiNs) for combinatorial chemotherapeutics and gene delivery against metastatic cancers

 

Nicholas DeLuca NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Nicholas DeLuca, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor David Go (AME)
Project: Developing a mechanical system that can harvest high-frequency vibrations and use it to actuate a piezoelectric crystal to generate continuous spark discharges 

 

Jacob Gose NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Jacob Gose, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor Greg Snider (EE) and Professor Alexei Orlov (EE)
Project: Adiabatic capacitive logic for ultra-low power electronics

 

 

Argerie Guevara NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Argerie Guevara, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor Prakash Nallathamby (AME) and Professor Paul Helquist (Chemistry/Biochemistry)
Project: Magneto-silica nanoparticles (MagSiNs) for combinatorial chemotherapeutics and gene delivery against metastatic cancers

 

Kathleen Hart NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Kathleen Hart, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor David Go (AME)
Project: Exploring fundamental physics of a 3D triple point using computational and experimental methods

 

 

Tipton Lichtenstein NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Tipton Lichtenstein, University of Florida
Faculty mentors: Professor Alex Dowling (CBE) and Professor Ed Maginn (CBE)
Project: Molecular and process design framework for the separation, recycling, and reuse of hydrofluorocarbon mixtures

 

 

Nicholas Lowe NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Nicholas Lowe, Vanderbilt
Faculty mentor: Professor Nosang Myung (CBE)
Project: Electrospun nanofibers for environmental remediation

 

Hailey Meyer NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Hailey Meyer, Saint Mary's/Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Svetlana Neretina (AME)
Project: Noble metal nanostructures for harsh environments

 

 

Nathaniel Moller NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Nathaniel Moller, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Jennifer Schaefer (CBE)
Project: Polymers in next-generation rechargeable batteries

 

 

Thomas Monroe NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Thomas Monroe, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Matthew Webber (CBE)
Project: Targeting therapeutics through supramolecular affinity

 

 

Erin Neu NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Erin Neu, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Donny Hanjaya-Putra (AME)
Project: Engineering biomimetic materials to control stem cell morphogenesis

 

 

Elena Parial NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Elena Parial, Purdue
Faculty mentor: Professor David Go (AME)
Project: Plasma electrochemistry in non-aqueous solutions

 

 

Alexander Perez NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Alexander Perez, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Faculty mentors: Professor Alex Dowling (CBE) and Professor William Phillip (CBE)
Project: Data-driven approaches to elucidating molecular design principles for nanostructured membranes capable of separating similarly sized molecules

 

Nicholas Slusher NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Nicholas Slusher, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Hirotaka Sakaue (AME)
Project: Adsorption of luminescent probe on a porous surface for luminescent sensor development

 

 

Jackson Vyletel NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Jackson Vyletel, Notre Dame
Faculty mentor: Professor Matthew Webber (CBE)
Project: Targeting therapeutics through supramolecular affinity

 

 

Qinxiao Wu NURF 2021

Fellowship recipient: Qinxiao Wu, Notre Dame
Faculty mentors: Professor Prakash Nallathamby (AME) and Professor Paul Helquist (Chemistry/Biochemistry)
Project: Magneto-silica nanoparticles (MagSiNs) for combinatorial chemotherapeutics and gene delivery against metastatic cancers

Originally published by Heidi Deethardt at nano.nd.edu on June 29, 2021.