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Nine doctoral students from the University of Notre Dame received undergraduate research grants from the Center for Environmental Science and Technology (CEST). The CEST program promotes interdisciplinary education and innovation by offering students a one-semester scholarship in any field of environmental science or engineering.

“Once again, CEST is grateful to support student research at the forefront of many global challenges,” said Jeremy Fein, professor of civil & environmental engineering & earth sciences (CEEES) and director of CEST. “After a tumultuous year, I am particularly looking forward to seeing how the students will use our centre’s equipment and their new research funding to improve our world through their timely and topical work, including energy, environmental sciences and research areas related to global health. . ”

CEST 2021 Undergraduate Research Fellows are:

  • Bumjun Park, PhD student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, to research vertically aligned 3D lithium metal anode host configurations with an advisor Jennifer schaefer, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
  • Peng He, doctoral student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, to study mono-ionic conductive polymer electrolytes based on poly (tetrahydrofuran) for rechargeable batteries with Schaefer.
  • Justin Greaves, doctoral student at CEEES, for research on virus-particle association in wastewater with an advisor Kyle bibby, associate professor of CEEES and Wanzek Collegiate Chair.
  • Michael Dugas, PhD student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, to research the fabrication of solvent-stable organic copolymer membranes for energy efficient and environmentally friendly pharmaceutical separations with an advisor Guillaume Philippe, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
  • Tsuyoshi Kohlgruber, doctoral student at CEEES, to study U60-mineral surface interactions with an advisor Peter C. Burns, Henry Massman Professor of CEEES, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and director of ND Energy.
  • Mengfei Li, doctoral student at CEEES, to study the mechanical properties of biofilms for the strategic control of biofilms with advisor Robert nerenberg, professor of CEEES.
  • Whitney Conard, PhD candidate in Biological Sciences, to research per- and polyfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) in the Lake Michigan food web with an advisor Gary Lamberti, professor of biological sciences.
  • Jeffrey Dubose, PhD student in chemistry and biochemistry, to study the surface stabilization of perovskite nanoplatelets for photocatalysis with advisor Prashant Kamat, Rev. John A. Zahm, professor of science.
  • Ceara Talbot, PhD student in biological sciences, to research the lateral transport of carbon in ecosystems with advisor Stuart jones, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Research Director at the Center for Environmental Research (UNDERC).

Candidates selected for the CEST Undergraduate Research Fellowship program are usually announced at the end of the spring semester. To learn more about scholarship eligibility and application review criteria, please visit https://cest.nd.edu/fellowships/.

The Center for Environmental Science and Technology promotes interdisciplinary environmental research and education by providing the advanced analytical technologies needed to solve national and international problems. CEST supports interdisciplinary environmental education, research and stewardship through a variety of education and awareness activities.

To learn more about the center, please visit https://cest.nd.edu.


Joanne D. Fahey

Director of Research Communication

Notre Dame Research / University of Notre Dame

[email protected] / 574.631.9762

research.nd.edu / @UNDResearch

About Notre Dame Research:

The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Based in South Bend, Indiana, its researchers advance human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor to be a repository of knowledge and a means mighty to do good in the world. For more information, please see research.nd.edu Where @UNDResearch.


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