About The Group

susan fullerton

 

Susan Fullerton

Susan joined Notre Dame in 2009 after completing her PhD at Penn State in Chemical Engineering.  In graduate school, she worked on molecular dynamics simulations of the network glass former, boron oxide, and experimental studies of nanoparticle-filled solid polymer electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries.  A portion of her experimental work used neutron scattering to investigate the structure and mobility of the electrolytes over small length and timescales.  She continues to investigate polymer materials for batteries at Notre Dame, in addition to polymers for 2D nanoelectronics and polymer brushes for drug delivery.  In her spare time, she enjoys playing the drums and piano, and hanging out with her husband, Patrick Shirey, their daughter, and their dog.      

Sarah graduated from Notre Dame in Chemistry during Spring 2012. As a 2010 recipient of a Nanoelectronics Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF), Sarah worked on synthesizing water-soluble quantum dots for solar cell applications.  Sarah completed internships at the D.C. Cook Nuclear plant in Michigan and at GE Energy in Ohio during summer 2011.  In her spare time, Sarah enjoys playing tennis and riding and showing her horse Toby. She is also an officer of the Notre Dame Glass Club and is having a great time learning how to make glass beads and plates.

Sarah Schubert

FORMER STUDENTS AND COLLABORATORS

Lindsay was a Postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Paul Bohn’s group in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame.  She earned her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011, and her dissertation was titled “Single Molecule Tracking Studies of Lower Critical Solution Temperature in Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)".  Lindsay and Susan established a collaboration studying the influence of small drug molecules on the thermo-responsive polymer, PNIPAM. There results are published in Langmuir.  Lindsay enjoys eating tasty food of all kinds and participating in various fun activities.


January 2012: Lindsay started as an NRC postdoc at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland. 

Lindsay Elliott

Barnali Dey completed her master's degree in electrical engineering in August 2011, and now works for Intel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  In 2007, she received her bachelor's degree in EE in her home country, at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Dhaka), then worked for LM Ericsson Bangladesh Ltd. as a solution integrator.  Barnali's research interests are nanoscale device design, fabrication and processing, as well as imaging technology.  Outside of the lab, she enjoys writing short programs for data processing, reading literature and traveling.


2012:  Barnali works for Intel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

Barnali Dey

Melissa worked in the group during fall 2010 - spring 2011 when she was a junior at Marian High School in Mishawaka. Melissa won 3rd place in the Electrical Engineering category at the 2011 Northern Indiana Regional Science & Engineering Fair (right). In addition to her interest in research, Melissa says she most enjoys her math and english classes. When she's not studying, you might find her playing hockey, soccer, or tennis, or busy in her role as a member of the Ronald McDonald House teen board.

Melissa Cunningham

Sam Leung

Josh Vahala

Samuel Leung was the recipient of the 2012 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship. He investigated the electronic characteristics of devices constructed from the single-layer graphene and solid polymer electrolytes. A local student from South Bend, Indiana, Sam will be a junior at the University of Notre Dame (Fall 2013) majoring in chemical engineering. His research interests include materials science as well as energy. Outside of the lab, Sam’s interests include photography, music, and traveling.

Joshua Vahala is a senior at Notre Dame (Fall 2013), and was the recipient of a 2012 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  Josh continues to research the electronic properties of graphene with relation to lithium ion transport in solid polymers. Joshua plans to major in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in semiconductors and nanotechnology, all with the purpose of one day making something useful. His other interests include tennis, food, and Rube Goldberg Machines.

Erich Kinder

Erich is a PhD candidate in the Electrical Engineering department, working on nanoionic memory. Erich graduated in 2012 from Bowling Green State University with a MS in Physics where his research led to the development of several novel semiconductor matrix encapsulated nanocrystal array devices. His research currently consists of developing a suitable 2D electrolyte for use in low-power 2D nanoscale ionic memory devices. In his personal life, Erich enjoys cooking, attending sporting events, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Buchanan Bourdon

Buchanan is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame (Fall 2013) and was the recipient of a 2013 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Buck is simulating 2D devices for low voltage nanoionic memory using COMSOL.  Buchanan plans to major in computer engineering and hopes to one day earn his Ph.D. in computer engineering as well. His other interests include golf, physics, and competitive bass fishing.

Notre Dame’s LEAST (Low Energy Systems Technology) group, December, 2013

Huilong Xu

Huilong Xu is a Visiting Research Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering department.  He earned his Ph.D. degree at Peking University in 2011. His Ph.D. thesis was mainly about quantum capacitance in graphene field-effect transistors. After that, he spent two years researching graphene Hall sensors at Peking University as a postdoctoral research fellow.  Huilong started at Notre Dame during July 2013, and is supported by LEAST.  His research interests are devices and circuits based on low dimensional materials, e.g.,  graphene and carbon nanotubes. His other interests include football, badminton, and skiing.

Fullerton group, Summer 2013:  Buchanan Bourdon, Susan Fullerton, Dean Schaetzl, Huilong Xu, Erich Kinder, Sam Leung

Suong worked in the group from Spring 2011 - Spring 2013.  Her research led to one, first-authored publication.  Suong was a recipient of the 2012 Vincent P. Slatt Fellowship for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes from the Notre Dame Energy Center, and a 2012 recipient of the NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Suong graduated from Saint Mary's College in mathematics (Spring 2012), and electrical engineering at Notre Dame (Spring 2013.) Her research interests include finding new ways to create better secondary solid Li batteries and improving energy efficiency of electrical devices. Suong is a native of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and has been in the United States since 2006. In her free time, Suong enjoys fishing, football, camping, traveling, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and her chocolate Lab dog, Bamboo. 


Fall 2013:  Suong started a job at Farasis Energy, Inc. where she works on advanced Li-ion battery technologies as a Research Associate.

Nhu Suong Do

Dean worked in the group from Summer 2011 - Summer 2013, and was the recipient of two NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowships (2011 and 2012). His research on solid polymer electrolytes has led to one co-authored paper, and one first-authored paper, in progress.  Dean earned an associate's degree in laser technology from Northcentral Technical College (Wausau, Wisc.) in 2008. He earned a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology from Purdue College of Technology, South Bend in 2013.  Dean's outside interests include audiophile home electronics, physics, astronomy, and gardening.


Fall 2013:  Dean started working for UL.  He will first train in the Netherlands for several months, and then move to San Francisco.  

Dean Schaetzl

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Kiersten Lieurance

Part of Marian High School's second year advanced research group, Kiersten is studying the effect of humidity and electrode identity on the electrical conductivity polyethylene oxide and LiClO4.  Control samples are prepared in a glovebox, and test samples under ambient conditions.  The electrical current is characterize for samples with both stainless steel and graphene electrodes.  Outside the lab, Kiersten is a competitive dancer and a part of the Miss America Organization.  Dancing for over 16 years, she has won many first place national awards, has been nominated for dancer of the year, and selected from auditions as a VIP Dance Olympus Summer Tour Assistant.  Kiersten has won three different Miss America affiliated titles and spends her years of service assisting the intellectually disabled individuals through the arts, athletics, and achievement.  At school, she is a member of the National Honor Society and Vice President for the French Club.