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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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In memoriam: Jeremiah P. Freeman, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry

Author: Michael O. Garvey


Jeremiah P. Freeman, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, died Feb. 14 (Friday) after a brief illness. He was 84.

A native of Detroit and a graduate of Detroit Catholic Central High School, Freeman began a lifelong career in chemistry while working in his father’s drugstore and discovering that he could obtain a wide variety of chemicals from the store’s suppliers.

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ESTEEM project spotlight: Dr. W. Matthew Leevy

Author: Emily Sussman


College of Science’s Professor Matt Leevy’s research is moving to commercialization stage in the market.

Medical Data Printers has recently validated a protocol for the rapid and inexpensive production of high-resolution physical plastic models derived from 3D printing of pre-clinical X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) data sets (in press at J. Vis. Exp). Recent experiments indicate that the company can translate its protocol for use with clinical CT data derived from human patients. Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT) doctors could be provided with personalized, high-resolution, 3D physical models of a given patient’s head in which the airways are preserved, and on which the structure of the sinuses are completely preserved. These models will be used to practice complicated sinus surgeries ahead of an operation, with the goal of reducing overall surgical time on the patient, and reducing errors.…

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A new way to counter ovarian cancer’s drug resistance

Author: Michael Rodio


Standing at a microscope in her Harper Hall laboratory, Karen Cowden Dahl, adjunct assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, is scanning through a petri dish filled with cancer cells that could represent a major step forward in ovarian cancer research.

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Prashant Kamat reaches an h-index over 100

Author: Stephanie Healey

Prashant Kamat

Prashant Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm, C.S.C. Professor of Science has earned a Hersch-index (h-index) over 100, an achievement attained only by the best and most accomplished scientists.

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Corcelli Accepts Appointment on ACS Graduate Education Advisory Board

Author: Rebecca Hicks

Steve Corcelli

Steven Corcelli, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame, has accepted an invitation to serve as Vice-Chair of the Graduate Education Advisory Board (GEAB) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Corcelli has been a member of the GEAB since 2012.…

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Notre Dame and Loyola join forces against cancer

Author: William G. Gilroy

Karen Dahl lab, Harper Hall

The University of Notre Dame and Loyola University Chicago are joining forces in a multidisciplinary cancer research collaboration.

The goal of the alliance is to provide direct support for revolutionary new cancer research, with the ultimate objective of making cancer a more manageable, and potentially curable, disease.

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Navari accepts World Health Organization assignment

Author: Gail Hinchion Mancini

Rudolph M

Rudolph M. Navari, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, adjunct professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame and associate dean and director of the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend (IUSM-SB), has accepted a position with the World Health Organization (WHO) to serve as the director of the Cancer Care Program in Eastern Europe. His new role will begin in April 2014.

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