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David Go

David B. Go

Email: dgo@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-8394

Office: 140G McCourtney Hall


Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 2008

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2004

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 2001


Engineer, Edison Engineering Development Program, General Electric Aircraft Engines (2001-2004)
Research Intern, Mobile Platforms Group, Intel Corporation (2007)
Graduate Research Assistant, School of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University (2004-2008)
Assistant Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame (2008-present)
Concurrent Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Notre Dame (2013-present)

Professional Activities

General Chair, Annual Meeting of the Electrostatics Society of America (2014)
Local Organizing Committee, Notre Dame-DARPA Workshop on Optical Properties of Plasmas (2013)
Technical Chair, Annual Meeting of the Electrostatics Society of America (2013)
Local Organizing Committee, Midwest Universities Analytical Chemistry Conference (2013)
Session Chair, Annual Meeting of the Electrostatics Society of America (2012)
Session Chair, Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electrical Systems (ITherm 2012)
Symposium Organizer, Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (2011)
Session Chair, Annual Meeting of the Electrostatics Society of America (2011)
Webmaster, IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology Society, Thermal Management and Thermo-Mechanical Design TC (2007-present)


D. Taller, D. B. Go, H.-C. Chang, “Modulated exponential films generated by surface acoustic waves and their role in liquid wicking and aerosolization at a pinned drop,” Physical Review E, vol. 87, art. no. 053004, 2013.

Y. Li, R. Tirumala, P. Rumbach, D. B. Go, “The coupling of ion-enhanced field emission and the discharge during microscale breakdown at moderately high pressures,” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, vol. 41, pp. 24-35, 2013.

D. B. Go, “Theoretical analysis of ion-enhanced thermionic emission for low-temperature, non-equilibrium gas discharges,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, vol. 46, art. no. 035202, 2013.

D. Taller, D. B. Go, H.-C. Chang, “Self-similar micro and nanodrops generated by acoustic and Maxwell pressures of scattered and transmitted surface acoustic waves,” Physical Review Letters, vol. 109, art. no. 224301, 2012.

P. Rumbach, D. B. Go, “Fundamental properties of field emission-driven DC microdischarges,” Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 112, art. no. 103302, 2012.

M. Witzke, P. Rumbach, D. B. Go, R. M. Sankaran, “Evidence for the electrolysis of water by plasmas formed at the surface of aqueous solutions,” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, vol. 45, art. no. 442001, 2012.

Y. Wang, M. K. Tan, D. B. Go, H.-C. Chang, “Electrospray cone-jet breakup and droplet production for electrolyte solutions,” Europhysics Letters, vol. 99, art. no. 64003, 2012.

R. Tirumala, D. B. Go “The multi-electrode assisted corona discharge for electrohydrodynamic flow generation in narrow channels,” IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, vol. 18, pp. 1854-1863, 2011.

J. Ho, M. K. Tan, D. B. Go, L. Y. Yeo, J. R. Friend, H.-C. Chang “A paper-based microfluidic surface acoustic wave sample delivery and ionization source for rapid and sensitive ambient mass spectrometry,” Analytical Chemistry, vol. 83, pp. 3260-3266, 2011. (Accelerated Article)

N. Chetwani, C. A. Cassou, D. B. Go, H.-C. Chang “Frequency dependence of AC electrospray ionization mass spectrometry,” Analytical Chemistry, vol. 83, pp. 3017-3023, 2011.

R. Tirumala, Y. Li, D. A. Pohlman, D. B. Go “Corona discharges in sub-millimeter electrode gaps,” Journal of Electrostatics, vol. 69, pp. 36-42, 2011.


University of Notre Dame Faculty Scholarship Award (2010)

Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Award (2010)

National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2013)

Summary of Activities/Interests

Dr. Go directs the Small Scale Transport Research Laboratory in the Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering. His research focuses on small scale (millimeters to nanometers) transport including microplasma generation, electrohydrodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics. Some specific applications being studied by Dr. Go include electrohydrodynamics for electronics cooling and ionization methods for biological analysis and environmental monitoring. He is also exploring the nature of heat transfer in nanoscale regimes, with applications including energy-efficient computing and energy conversion. Dr. Go’s research is multi-disciplinary in nature, and he welcomes inquiries from students in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, and biochemistry.

Microplasmas and microdischarges, electrohydrodynamics, mass spectrometry, energy harvesting, nanoscale energy transport.

Courses: Intermediate Heat Transfer; Measurement and Data Analysis; Ionization and Ion Transport

Image Gallery

Go Lab miniature wind tunnel
A miniature wind tunnel and illuminated convection flow paths in preliminary particle image velocimetry studies on the effect of ionized air on fluid dynamics.

Go Lab particle image velocimetry
Dr. Go and graduate student Rakshit Tirumala, using particle image velocimetry to study the effect of iionized air on fluid dynamics


Engineering Faculty Awarded DURIP Grants for Tunable Laser System and Transonic Wind Tunnel Research

August 7, 2017

Highly competitive, the annual DURIP awards process is a merit competition conducted jointly by the Army Research Office (ARO), Office of Naval Research (ONR), and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). This year the DoD received more than 685 proposals. Approximately 160 of the proposals have been or will be funded. To date Notre Dame faculty — David Bartels, David Go, and Scott Morris — have received two Department of Defense (DoD) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) grants for 2017, totaling more than $773,000.

Plasma Electrochemistry: Transforming Greenhouse Gases

July 6, 2016

While advancing research in electric vehicles and fuel cells tend to be the top research areas in sustainable transportation, Associate Professor David Go and his team are opting to go down the road less traveled through a new approach to green chemistry: plasma electrochemistry.

Young Faculty Named to Endowed Positions

July 20, 2015

David B. Go, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and concurrent associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Ashley P. Thrall, assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering & earth sciences, have been named endowed faculty in the College of Engineering.

Go to Receive Inaugural ECS Toyota Young Investigator Award

July 15, 2015

David Go, associate professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, has been named one of the three inaugural ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellows by the Electrochemical Society and Toyota North America.

Lightning Can Strike Twice: Rumbach Successfully Tracks 
Electrons in Plasma and Is Honored by AVS

June 19, 2015

Paul Rumbach, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, has received the John Coburn and Harold Winters Student Award from the Plasma Science and Technology division of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) for his presentation titled “The Solvation of Electrons by an Atmospheric-Pressure Plasma.”