Ian V. Lightcap

Research and Facilities Program Director

Office: 146 Stepan Chemistry Hall
Email: ilightca@nd.edu
Office Phone: 574.631.1493 | Cell Phone: 574.229.2936 

Ian Lightcap joined the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) in May 2012 as Senior Scientist and in February 2016 was promoted to Research and Facilities Program Director. In addition to conducting his own research and helping to grow the research in energy at Notre Dame, Ian is responsible for the development and management of ND Energy’s Materials Characterization Facility. The facility is designed to assist Notre Dame faculty and associated researchers in general materials characterization, photovoltaic and electrocatalyst characterization, and crystallographic characterization, while engaging all levels of students and teachers in sustainable energy education.

Karl Cronberger 2

Karl Cronberger

Electron Microprobe Technician

Office: 105 McCourtney Hall
Email: kcronber@nd.edu
Office Phone: 574.631.9553 | Cell Phone: 248.797.7085

Karl Cronberger is a Ph.D. graduate from the University of Notre Dame. Currently, he operates and maintains the Electron Microprobe (EMP) in the Materials Characterization Facility at ND Energy. The EMP is a specialized electron microscope used for chemical analysis with a resolution of up to 1 micron. It is commonly used to characterize a variety of materials in various fields of studies such as the geology of the Earth, Moon, and meteorites; nuclear forensics, and fuel systems; industrial applications in metallurgy, and battery production; and some biological and environmental applications as well. Karl’s Ph.D. work at the University of Notre Dame revolved around Lunar Petrology and the origin of the Moon.

Anna Matzner

Anna Matzner

Laboratory Specialist

Office: 147 Stepan Chemistry Hall 
Email: amatzner@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.1848

Anna Matzner joined the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) in 2019 as a Laboratory Specialist for the Materials Characterization Facility (MCF). Anna studied chemistry at the University of Louisville where she gained valuable research experience in electrochemical and single crystal X-Ray analysis. Upon graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry in 2014, she worked as an analytical chemist, pursuing opportunities in quality control in the beverage, flavor and fragrance industries. She also gained unique experiences working in the power generation industry, performing metallurgical analysis of power plant components, as well as coal analysis.

Subhash Shinde

Subhash L. Shinde

Associate Director

Office: 115 Stinson Remick Hall 
Email: sshinde@nd.edu
Phone: 574.631.1425

Subhash L. Shinde joined the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) in November 2016 as an Associate Director. He is also a research staff affiliate of the iNDustry Labs at Notre Dame. Subhash is an accomplished researcher and has extensive experience in developing research programs. Prior to joining the University, Subhash held various research staff and management positions within Sandia National Laboratories and I.B.M. requiring strong leadership capabilities, extensive technical knowledge, and the acumen to organize well-functioning and productive teams.