Eighteen undergraduate students receive 2018 Slatt Scholars in Energy Research

Author: Barbara Villarosa

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ND Energy offers competitive fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct energy-related research at Notre Dame. These fellowships support new advancements in energy technologies, while broadening the educational experiences for students receiving these awards. These programs are made possible through the generosity of Notre Dame alumni who support energy research and education at Notre Dame. 

The Vincent P. Slatt Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Energy Systems and Processes supports undergraduate researchers who are interested in creating better energy systems and devices or strengthening America’s energy future through the development of policies and infrastructure to support new technologies. Students receive awards of up to $5,000 each, most of them working in laboratories on campus alongside other researchers to address some of the most critical issues in energy today. Slatt fellowships are made possible through the generosity of Christopher (ND’80) and Jeanine Slatt in honor of Vincent P. Slatt, Notre Dame Class of 1943.

The award process, administered by ND Energy, involves student and faculty collaborations on research projects to ensure undergraduate students have an enriching and useful research experience. Peter C. Burns, director of ND Energy, finds it enriching himself to see so many students interested in energy-related research. “Each year, the number goes up and so does the skillset and academic achievements of our student applicants. This makes it more challenging to select the top students to receive these awards, when we are finding that all applicants are worthy of acceptance.” 

This year, eighteen undergraduate students were awarded 2018 Slatt Fellowships; the largest number of awards since the program began in 2006. 

2018 Slatt Scholar


Faculty Advisor

Project Title

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Corey Atwell

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Prashant V. Kamat

Gradient to Mixed Halide Perovskite Architecture for Perovskite Solar Cells

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Tyler Bear

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ruilan Guo

Synthesis and Characterization of Iptycene-based Polyimides with Tunable Chain Rigidity for Gas Separation Membranes

Colin Brankin 2


Colin Brankin

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Jennifer Schaefer

Alternative Batteries: Magnesium Electrodeposition from Polymer Films

David Brown 2


David Brown

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

William Phillip

Designing Energy Efficient Diafiltration Units around Self-Assembled Copolymer Membranes that Separate Molecules of Comparable Size

Gabriel Brown 2


Gabriel Brown

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

David Go

Understanding Plasma Catalyst Synergy via Ammonia Production

Janaya Brown 2


Janaya Brown

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering / Energy Studies

Abigail Mechtenberg

Novel Ugandan Wind Turbine Blades: Science and Technique

Adeziel 2


Anthony Deziel

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Vlad Iluc

Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of Platinum Carbene Complexes

James Drysdale 2


James Drysdale

Chemistry and Biochemistry / Energy Studies / AL/SC Honors Program

Prashant V. Kamat

Photovoltaic Application of Perovskite Nanomaterials for Commercial Cell Phone Use

Henri Francois 2


Henri Edouard Francois

Computer Science and Engineering

Abigail Mechtenberg

Restoring Energy Production Capacity to Rural Haiti: Energy Generation Systems and Micro Grid Optimization

Joseph Gonzales 2


Joseph Gonzales

Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Hirotaka Sakaue

Development of Chemical Anti-Icing Coating for Use on Wind Turbines

Anna Kluender 2


Anna Kluender

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Brandon Ashfeld

Synthesis of Ionic Liquids Displaying Lower Critical Solution Temperature Behavior

Eric Lee 2


Eric Lee

Applied and Computational Math and Statistics

Stefano Castruccio

Forecasting Wind Turbine Vulnerability to Dust Storms in Saudi Arabia

Madison Mettey 2


Madison Mettey

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Emily Tsui

Synthesis of Transition Metal Alumosiloxide Complexes as Models of Zeolite Active Sites for Energy Related Catalysis

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Perfect Mfashijwenimana

Electrical Engineering

Abigail Mechtenberg

Evaluating how the E3 Propagation Model can Intertwine with the Rwandan Energy Vision 2050

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Musodiq Ogunlowo

Electrical Engineering

Abigail Mechtenberg

Empowering Nigerians to Power Nigeria: Designing Multiple Energy Source Input Charge Controller with Locally Built Systems

Arsenii Panteleev 2


Arsenii Panteleev

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Jonathan Whitmer

Investigation of Structure and Phase Behavior of a Novel Ionic Liquid Crystal

Morgan Seidler 2


Morgan Seidler

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Jennifer Schaefer

Crosslinked Ionomer Films for Use in High-performance Lithium Ion Batteries

Ethan Sunshine 2


Ethan Sunshine

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ian V. Lightcap

Iron-Carbide-Graphene Oxide Sheets: An Entirely New, Non-Precious Metal Catalyst for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Fuel Cells

Originally published by Barbara Villarosa at energy.nd.edu on April 10, 2018.