Elite group of students selected to advance research in energy at Notre Dame

Author: Barbara Villarosa


The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) has selected 11 students to receive 2019 fellowships in energy research at the University of Notre Dame. Awards are granted to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and have a profound interest in addressing the most critical energy challenges facing the world today. Research projects are submitted in collaboration with ND Energy affiliated faculty with project goals focused on supporting the mission to advance energy-related research at Notre Dame. Students use their awards for stipends, laboratory supplies, and travel to present their research results at a national conference. Funding for these competitive awards is made possible through the generosity of University alumni and their families.

The Forgash Fellowship for Solar Energy Research 

The Forgash fellowship provides a $5,000 award to an undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in solar energy collection/conversion technologies through research and development. Funding for this fellowship is made possible through the generosity of John (’00) and Karla Forgash. Since the fellowship began in 2009, nine students have received awards totaling $22,500

Amal Sebastian

Amal Sebastian is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Physics, working in the Sylwia Ptasinska laboratory. His project, entitled Atmospheric Pressure Plasma: A Novel Tool for the Synthesis of Efficient Photocatalytic Materials, focuses on using a novel deposition method to engineer new functional materials that can be used to capture solar radiation.


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ND Energy is a University Research Center whose mission is to build a better world by creating new energy technologies and systems and educating individuals to help solve the most critical energy challenges facing our world today. For more information, visit the ND Energy website at energy.nd.edu or contact Barbara Villarosa, Business and Communications Program Director, at bvillaro@nd.edu or 574-631-4776.

Originally published by Barbara Villarosa at energy.nd.edu on January 15, 2019.