The Kamat Group

Graduate Students

Yong-Siou Chen

Yong-Siou received a M.S. in Chemical Engineering at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in 2008. He is currently a fifth year graduate student in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame in Prof. Kamat's lab. His research interests include hematite as a catalyst for the water oxidation reaction.
Email: ychen16@nd.edu






Joseph Manser

Joseph received a B.S. in chemistry in 2011 from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, where he also played two years of varsity baseball. As a sophomore, he had the exciting opportunity to work as a visiting scientist at the FBI's Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit. He joined the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2011, and became a member of the Kamat research group a semester later. His research focuses on understanding the underlying material and device properties that govern the performance of next generation photovoltaics. Techniques such as femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy allow for characterization of the ultrafast excited state properties of photoactive materials. The ultimate goal of this work is to make low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells a competitive renewable technology capable of meeting our current and future energy demands.
Email: jmanser@nd.edu

Jacob Hoffman

Jacob Hoffman received his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics from Heidelberg University in 2012. During undergrad he did research in the synthesis of Dafachronic acid derivatives and computational modeling of core/shell type quantum dots. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Notre Dame in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Email: jhoffm10@nd.edu





Danilo Jara

Danilo received his Bachelors in Chemistry at University of Santiago de Chile. He received the "Becas Chile" scholarship from the Chilean government to pursue a doctoral degree abroad. He is a fourth year doctoral student interested in synthesizing, characterizing, and studying the photophysical properties of semiconductor nanocrystals for light energy conversion applications. In his free time, Danilo enjoys soccer, table tennis, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Dania.
Email: djaraqui@nd.edu





Seogjoon Yoon

Seogjoon Yoon (Seog Joon Yoon) graduated Cum Laude from Hanyang University in South Korea with his BS in 2010 and received his MS from the same university in 2012. During his undergraduate and masters studies, he performed research on dye-sensitized solar cells and the electrochemical oxidation of titanium. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D at the University of Notre Dame under the supervision of Professor Prashant Kamat. His primary research interest is in the unique photophysical properties of organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite structure.
Email: syoon2@nd.edu



Victoria Bridewell

Victoria is a third year doctoral student in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Memphis in 2013 receiving Bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Applied Mathematics, during which she was a member of the Mobile Analytical Monitoring and Miniaturization Lab and held a rolling internship with DuPont Titanium Technologies. Her research interests at Notre Dame focus on designing and understanding the electron storage and shuttling properties of graphene-based nanomaterials. These versatile composite materials offer improved conductivity, photocatalytic activity and electrocatalytic performance making them excellent candidates for energy conversion and storage applications as well as chemical sensing platforms. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys working out, going to ND sporting events, and playing with her Siberian Husky, Tyris.
Email: victoria.bridewell.1@nd.edu


Steven Kobosko

Steven is a third year doctoral student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He then spent a year on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. There he worked in the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces under Prof. Michael Grätzel researching Fe2O3 (hematite) water splitting. Steven enjoys soccer, tennis, hiking, and playing piano in his free time.
Email: skobosko@nd.edu


Christian Talavera

Christian is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame. He graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. Before coming to Notre Dame, he spent two years working as an Analytical Chemist at Eurofins Eaton Analytical, Inc. in Monrovia, CA. There he analyzed disinfection byproducts in potable water. His current research focuses on understanding the photophysical properties of ligand protected gold clusters for light energy conversion processes.
Email: christian.talavera.2@nd.edu


Sebastian Snowberger

Sebastian is a second year doctoral student in the department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame. He graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering with a focus in environmental engineering and sustainability. His undergraduate research consisted of studying the kinetics of photolytic transformation of fluoroquinolone-class antibiotics, and the effects of advanced oxidation utilizing H2O2. His areas of interest at Notre Dame include synthetic theory of photovoltaic materials and environmental/operational impacts on solar cell efficiency.
Email: ssnowber@nd.edu


Anselme Mucunguzi

Anselme is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Notre Dame. He graduated from Belhaven University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. He is interested in researching organic-inorganic perovskites.
Email: Anselme.Mucunguzi.1@nd.edu