NDnano announces 2020 seed grant recipients

Author: Brandi Wampler

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Six faculty from the University of Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, College of Engineering, and College of Science have been awarded two grants through the NDnano Seed Grant Program. The program was developed to promote interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and technology to enhance Notre Dame’s ability to address important scientific questions and enable technical leaps.

“We are pleased to start these new collaborative projects which allow faculty to develop new research directions,” said Alan Seabaugh, director of NDnano and the Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering. “As the seed grant program moves into its third year, NDnano faculty are recording an increase in external collaborative proposals submitted and awards received.”

This year’s recipients’ research focus on improved imaging of the brain to aid neurologists and neuroscientists and better understanding and characterizing membranes in complex environment that are integral to many industrial and chemical processes. The 2020 Seed Grant Program recipients are:

  • Casey O’Brien, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Jon Camden, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and William Phillip, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, for their research titled, “Development of an operando spectroscopic tool for studying the structure and dynamics of membranes in complex environments.” 

  • Thomas O’Sullivan, assistant professor of electrical engineering; Anthony Hoffman, associate professor of electrical engineering, and Joshua Koen, assistant professor of psychology, for their study, “High-sensitivity diffuse correlation spectroscopy.”

Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology (NDnano) at the University of Notre Dame promotes collaborative research in science and engineering to address unsolved scientific and technical questions with an aim to promote the greater good. NDnano is where Notre Dame faculty, researchers, and students meet to broaden understanding, discuss multidisciplinary research opportunities, and shape future research directions. To learn more about NDnano, please visit nano.nd.edu.


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Originally published by Brandi Wampler at nano.nd.edu on May 28, 2020.