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Manser to Attend 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Nina Welding • DATE: June 23, 2015

Joseph S. Manser, graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is one of the fifty-five top graduate student researchers in the United States chosen to attend the 65th Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates have annually convened in Lindau to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers from around the world. Laureates and students exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks throughout the week. All attendees must pass through a competitive application and selection process managed by the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

The students will be among the nearly 650 young researchers from 89 countries attending the June 28 to July 3 meeting in Lindau, Germany. The attendance for the 2015 group of U.S. students is sponsored by Mars Inc., NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), The Mayo Clinic, and ORAU.

Manser received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, having been named a First Family Scholar, from Catawba College in Salisbury, N. C.

A graduate research assistant in the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory, Manser has worked closely with his adviser, Prashant V. Kamat, the Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Science. He has designed and optimized inexpensive next-generation photovoltaic and light-harvesting assemblies, investigated the fundamental light-matter interactions that govern semiconductor optoelectronic properties, pioneered fabrication techniques for high-efficiency hybrid perovskite solar cells and identified novel charge carrier dynamics in hybrid perovskites using femtosecond spectroscopy. He expects to complete his degree in 2016.

He has also served as a teaching assistant for senior-level bioengineering courses and mentor for the NDnano Naughton program, undergraduate research programs, and undergraduate honors programs at the University.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Manser served as a NSF undergraduate research fellow at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in the NanoSURE Program, and worked as a visiting scientist in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit within the Federal Bureau of Investigation.