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Notre Dame scientists develop largest developmental proteomic data set for any animal

Author: Gene Stowe and Marissa Gebhard

Xenopus laevis, or African clawed frog

Now that the human genome is sequenced, University of Notre Dame researchers are focusing on the study of the proteome, which is the protein content of an organism, tissue or cell. Bioanalytical chemist Norman Dovichi and molecular biologist Paul Huber have successfully tracked the changing patterns of protein expression during early development of Xenopus laevis, or African clawed frog, embryos. They have developed the largest data set on developmental proteomics for any organism, and have included the single-cell zygote.

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Notre Dame researchers discover new 2-D quasicrystals with unusual five-fold symmetry

Author: Rebecca Hicks


A group of Notre Dame researchers, led by Prof. S. Alex Kandel, has discovered a new quasicrystalline material that results from the self-assembly of ferrocene carboxylic acid.  When these small molecules form monolayers, they exhibit highly unusual five-fold symmetry. The work is presented in a paper entitled “Self-Assembly of Hydrogen-Bonded Two-Dimensional Quasicrystals” in the March 6, 2014 issue of Nature.

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Do you have a great idea for cancer research?

Author: Stephanie Healey

Research Like a Champion Today

Do you want to help Notre Dame prevent cancer? You can help Notre Dame find the missing pieces to the puzzle.

The College of Science and Harper Cancer Research Institute are sponsoring a new program for students to drive innovation in cancer research. Individual Notre Dame students or groups of students who choose to work in a team (no more than three students per team) may apply. Both undergraduate and graduate students from all colleges are eligible to submit research proposals that look into the causes, treatment and prevention of cancer.

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Perovskite solar cell research featured on the cover of C&E News

Author: Stephanie Healey

Solar Panels

Converting solar power into usable energy is not a new form technology, but researchers are constantly finding ways to improve it.  In the last year and a half, researchers around the world, including Prashant Kamat, Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have put pervoskites in the spotlight, resulting in a cover story on the solar cells in the February 24, 2014 issue C&E News.

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