About The Group

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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

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. Sam is a local student from South Bend, Indiana, 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 was the recipient of a 2012 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship.  Josh researched the electronic properties of graphene with relation to lithium ion transport in solid polymers. Joshua graduated from Notre Dame with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Spring 2014) and will start graduate school in the fall. His interests include tennis, food, and Rube Goldberg Machines.

Erich Kinder

Erich is a third-year PhD candidate in the Electrical Engineering department (Fall 2014), 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 is currently focused on the development of new electrolytes for gating 2D devices.  In his personal life, Erich enjoys cooking, attending sporting events, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Notre Dame’s LEAST (Low Energy Systems Technology) group, Summer 2014

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


Sandhya Vasudevan

Sandhya is a first year EE graduate student at the University of Notre Dame (Fall 2014). She completed her B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering in 2010 from Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Kerala, India. During her undergraduate years, Sandhya worked on a data acquisition project in the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). After receiving her bachelors degree in engineering she worked as a senior systems engineer in Infosys until 2013. Currently her research involves nanoparticle-filled solid polymer electrolytes for Li-ion batteries. Besides academics, Sandhya is a Carnatic music scholar and enjoys reading and traveling.

Kiersten Lieurance

Part of Marian High School's second year advanced research group, Kiersten studied the effect of humidity and electrode identity on the electrical conductivity polyethylene oxide and LiClO4.  Control samples were prepared in a glovebox, and test samples under ambient conditions.  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.


Ke Xu

Ke is a postdoctoral scholar in Center for Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST). He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago.  In graduate school he worked on electrochemical and optical detection of ions using graphene- and DNA aptamer-based biosensors. Ke joined the Fullerton group in 2014, and his current research interests include 2D nanoelectronic devices and ion doping for low voltage electronic devices. In his spare time, Ke enjoys traveling, sports, and hanging out with family and friends.

Fullerton group, Fall 2014:  Ke Xu, Erich Kinder, Susan Fullerton, Benxin Jing, Sandhya Vasudevan, Buchanan Bourdon, Hao Lu, Huamin Li

Katie O’Neill

Katie is a senior sophister at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, pursuing a major in Nanoscience - Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials. As the recipient of a 2014 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Katie worked during the summer of 2014 on depositing and using AFM to characterize two-dimensional (2D) materials for low-voltage memory. Previously, she completed an internship with Prof. JMD Coey in Trinity College Dublin in summer 2013, and hopes to one day earn a PhD in material science. Outside the lab, Katie enjoys dancing, music, food and traveling. 

Huamin Li

Hua-Min is a postdoctoral research associate in the Center of Low Energy Systems Technology (LEAST). He is co-mentored by Prof. Fullerton and Prof. Seabaugh.  He earned his Ph.D. in Nano Science and Technology from Sungkyunkwan University, Korea in 2013. His research interests include solid-state electronic and optoelectronic devices based on Si and 2D layered materials such as graphene, boron nitride, and transition metal dichalcogenides. Currently he is working on tunneling transistor using 2D layered materials, and ion gating of graphene FETs.

Huilong Xu

Huilong Xu was a Visiting Research Assistant Professor in the Fullerton group from July 2013 - July 2014.  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.  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.

2014:  Huilong is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore.

Hao Lu

Hao earned her bachelor's degree in microelectronics from Peking University in 2011. She is currently a fourth year graduate student in the department of electrical engineering (Fall 2014), co-advised by Prof. Fullerton and Prof. Seabaugh. Her research interests are the development and architecture of Li-ion graphene flash memory, and modeling of steep-slope devices. She also enjoys yoga, cooking, and traveling in her free time.

Ashley Fuller

Ashley is pursuing the dual-degree engineering program between Saint Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame. She will graduate in the Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Saint Mary's College. After completing her fifth year, she will graduate from the University of Notre Dame in the Spring of 2017 with a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering. As an NDnano Undergraduate Fellowship Recipient for the Summer of 2015, she is investigating solid polymer electrolytes using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) to characterize the properties of different compositions of electrolytes. In her free time outside of lab, Ashley enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.  

Edward Hunckler

Eddie is an NSF REU student working on the graphene-memory project.  He is determining the best method to remove residual photoresist from a graphene channel.  The goal is to optimize the treatment conditions without damaging the underlying graphene.  Eddie is currently a rising junior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Electrical Engineering.  Outside of the classroom, his interests include the Notre Dame Robotic Football Team, playing basketball, and learning to play the guitar.


Buchanan Bourdon

Buchanan is a junior at the University of Notre Dame (Fall 2014).  He completed two NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowships (Summer 2013 and 2014). Buck is simulating 2D devices for low voltage nanoionic memory using COMSOL.  Buchanan is majoring 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.