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Christopher  Shuck

Christopher Eugene Shuck


B.S.E., Princeton University, Chemical and Biological Engineering, 2013

PhD, University of Notre Dame, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2013-2018 (Expected)


As a PhD student at the University of Notre Dame, I work on both challenging and exciting projects both inside and outside the lab. While in lab, I do significant work with the C-SWARM, where I work on a multidisciplinary team of international scientists striving to solve complex multi-scale problems. I am primarily focused combustion synthesis, including the fundamental science behind it and applications of the techniques. The use of combustion for new materials synthesis is incredibly green due to the lack of toxic solvents and the self-purifying aspect of the technique. The rapid onset of high temperatures (> 1000 C) leads to high material purity and crystallinity. The technique has been used to synthesize many materials, including chemical catalysts, photovoltaic materials, and energy storage devices. My work leads me to quantitatively analyze complex material structures and how they are related to the final products that form during combustion. I conduct highly statistical repeatable work on quantifying the materials, so we can learn about the fundamental processing that affect the reactivity (Activation energy, ignition onset temperature, ignition delay time, etc.) and apply this for other processes. Currently I am both the lab manager and safety officer, where I train all students, manage the inventory, ensure that all equipment is maintained, and implement new safety protocols. Apart from lab, I work as an International Ambassador, where I organize events for international students to integrate into our community. Additionally, I am a representative of the Graduate Student Union, where I plan, advocate for, and help graduate students throughout the university.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Ph.D Candidate

Advisor: Dr. Alex Mukasyan


C. E. Shuck and A. S. Mukasyan "Reactive Ni/Al Nanocomposites: Structural Characteristics and Activation Energy," The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, vol. 121, no. 6, pp. 1175–1181, 2017.

C. E. Shuck, J. M. Pauls, A. S. Mukasyan "Ni/Al Energetic Nanocomposites and the Solid Flame Phenomenon," The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 120, no. 47, pp. 27066–27078, 2016.

C. E. Shuck, M. Frazee, A. Gillman, M. T. Beason, I. E. Gunduz, K. Matouš, R. Winarski, A. S. Mukasyan "X-ray nanotomography and focused-ion-beam sectioning for quantitative three-dimensional analysis of nanocomposites," Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, vol. 23, no. 4 2016

K. V. Manukyan, C. E Shuck, M. J. Cherukara, S. Rouvimov, D. Y. Kovalev, A. Strachan, A. S. Mukasyan "Exothermic Self-Sustained Waves with Amorphous Nickel," Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 120, no. 10, pp. 5827-5838, 2016

C. E. Shuck, K. V Manukyan, S. Rouvimov, A. S. Rogachev, A. S. Mukasyan, "Solid flame: Experimental Validation," Combustion and Flame, Combustion and Flame, vol. 163, pp. 487-493, 2016.

K. V. Manukyan, A. G. Avetisyan, C. E. Shuck, H. A. Chatilyan, S. Rouvimov, S. L. Kharatyan, and A. S. Mukasyan, “Nickel oxide reduction by hydrogen: Kinetics and structural transformations,” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 119, pp. 16131–16138, 2015. 

K. V. Manukyan, W. Tan, R. J. deBoer, E. J. Stech, A. Aprahamian, M. Wiescher, S. Rouvimov, K. R. Overdeep, C. E. Shuck, T. P. Weihs, and A. S. Mukasyan, “Irradiation-enhanced reactivity of multilayer Al/Ni nanomaterials,” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 7, no. 21, pp. 11272–11279, 2015.

K. V. Manukyan, C. E. Shuck, A. S. Rogachev, and A. S. Mukasyan, “Preparation and reactivity of gasless nanostructured energetic materials,” Journal of Visualized Experiments, vol. 98, 2015. 


      Fulbright Program, U.S. Department of State, Russia 2016-2017

      Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship

      California Initiative, Fund Recipient

      Graduate Student Union Conference Presentation Grant

      2nd Place 2016 Notre Dame Graduate Student Union Symposium


      Two students from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering win Fulbright Awards for 2016-2017

      May 23, 2016

      Forty-eight current University of Notre Dame students and alumni have been recognized by the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program for grants taking place in 2016-17, with 28 finalists, 10 alternates and 10 semifinalists named.