Undergraduate and Graduate Research 

Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory is a premier research laboratory in the United States for studying radiation effects on matter.The laboratory houses many state-of the art facilities to study fast chemical reactions.The research carried out in the laboratory is focused primarily on radiation and photochemical reactions of molecules, clusters and nanoparticles.The research is funded by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the U. S. Department of Energy.

Graduate Research
A collaborative research with Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics and Civi Engineering departments has provided us an excellent opportunity to execute multidisciplinary research.
These collaborative efforts have resulted in many successful Ph. D. projects. A complete list of students and their projects is listed at the folowing website.

Prospective students interested in pursuing Ph.D. degree are encouraged to apply to the graduate program in Chemistry, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering or Physics

Brochures of Chemistry, Chemical & Biomolecular Eng. and Physics 

Undergraduate Research
During the work term at the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory, undergraduate students will have an opportunity to work on a research project under the supervision of a senior staff member.Throughout the term students are encouraged to pursue their own ideas and develop research skills that are useful in pursuing graduate studies.Work done by students in the past has often led to publications in the scientific journals.A good background in chemistry or chemical physics is desirable.
In the past, the undergraduate students from various universities have conducted specialized research in the areas of nanoscience, photochemistry, photoelectrochemistry, radiation chemistry, light energy conversion, and environmental remediation. A complete list of students and their projects can be found at the following website.

Interested in summer research?  Please refer to NSF-REU Nano/bio summer research program at Notre Dame.


Idris Bedja (1994) was the winner of Summer Research Fellowship - administered by the Electrochemical Society.

Chouhaid Nasr (1996) was awarded of the DOE Energy Research Summer Fellowship - administered by the Electrochemical Society.

Dr. Di Liu received 1996 Shaheen Graduate School award in Science in 1996.  This highest graduate student honor is awarded annually by the College of Science, University of Notre Dame.

V. Subramanian was awarded the best student poster presentation at the Symposium of Catalysis Club of Chicago Northwestern University, Evanston, IL May 20, 2002 and AIChE meeting at San Francisco, November 2003.

V. Subramanian received the 2004 William D. Manly Award for excellence in materials research for his thesis work The award is presented annually by the
College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame.

Roxana Nicolaescu presented an Invited talk at the 2004 Gordon Research Conference on Radiation Chemistry (Young Investigator session)

Other notable citations of work in popular media
Adam Zacheis''s work on the radiolytic processes on oxide surfaces was highlighted in the popular media (Daily InScights: Fighting Toxins With Radiation; Science Daily:Mixing Radiation, Minerals, Toxic Waste could be cleanup boon; ALCHEMIST : Irradiate First, Bioremediate Next)

The published work of Rebecca Huehn on smart materials was 
featured in Nature Science Update, Scientific American and ALCHEMIST and National Nanotechnolgy Initiative and its Implementation Plan (see page 29 and 41)

The work of Mehul Haria on using fullerene films for methanol oxidation was featured in Materials Today (April 2004, page 12)

The work of Said Barazzouk on single wall carbon nanotubes for solar energy conversion was highlighted in NanoToday –a supplement of Materials Today (December 2004, page 12,  New Light on CNT's -Energy Generation)

The work of Taku Hasobe on organized molecular assemblies for organic solar cells was highlighted in HEART CUT (March 21, 2005)  - a web based magizine of  theAmerican Chemical Society, Chemistry.org.

The work of undergraduate and graduate students have been featured on the cover art of the following major scientific journals

coverThe Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2005, issue 24
The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2005, issue 12

The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2004, issue 50

The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2002, issue 4 and
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP), 2002, Issue 2