New Faculty Projects Will Advance Academic Plan

Courtesy of UConn Today


The University is investing in a slate of new initiatives designed to enhance research and education, consistent with the goals outlined in its academic plan.

Over a three-year period, the 15 grants awarded this year will support $3 million in research across a wide variety of disciplines and departments – fine arts, human rights and diversity, health and wellness, sustainability and resilience, genomics and personalized medicine, and advanced materials and manufacturing. In some cases, the projects are leveraging the funding with grants from outside sources.

UConn launched its process to fund proposals under the Academic Vision almost three years ago, and to date has funded 18 projects totaling $10 million.

Mun Choi, University provost, said this year’s proposals for new projects were of exceptional quality, depth, and breadth. “These projects will support growth in research and scholarship, undergraduate education, graduate education, teaching effectiveness, and public engagement.” Continue reading

Dr. Douglas Adamson Among Outstanding Presenters at 250th ACS National Meeting

AdamsonThe American Chemical Society’s Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research journal recently published a special issue devoted to papers from authors who made outstanding presentations at the 250th ACS National Meeting in Boston. A paper from the Adamson Group titled “Properties of Pristine Graphene Composites Arising from the Mechanism of Graphene-Stabilized Emulsion Formation” was included. Read more>>>>

Schrödinger: Molecular and Materials Simulation Software

Schrödinger, LLC
Schrödinger, LLC

Dr. José A. Gascón 

We are happy to announce a recent agreement between UConn and Schrödinger Inc. on the acquisition of the Schrödinger’s Suite for Molecular and Materials Simulations.

Schrödinger’s Suite is a software package that can be used for: 1) lead discovery and lead optimization in the context of drug discovery; 2) atomic-scale simulation of chemical systems; 3) modeling biologics, antibodies, and proteins; and 4) production of stunning high-performance molecular graphics for communicating structural results. The majority of these applications can be accessed via a single graphical interface called Maestro. The software runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

The three-year agreement allows unlimited use of the software for all 5 campuses for students and faculty. Off campus access from personal computers can be done via UConn’s VPN.

This agreement was the result of substantial commitment from University Information Technology Services’ CIO and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Other essential contributions came from the Departments of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Molecular and Cell Biology, CLAS, and the Department of Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the Health Center.

Instructions on how to access the software can be found here:

The agreement also includes on-campus workshops at Storrs and Farmington every year. Details on these workshops will be announced by the beginning of the Fall semester.

Paper by Suib Group is Among Top 5 Downloaded in June

group picturesA paper by the Suib Group, Mesoporous MoO3–x Material as an Efficient Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reactions, was published in the journal Advanced Energy Materials and is among the top 5 downloaded paper in the month of June. The research is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical, Biological and Geological Sciences. Read more >>>

Dr. José Gascón Receives Research Excellence Program Award

chem_119Dr. José Gascón is the recipient of a 2016 Research Excellence Program Storrs (REP-Storrs) award. The primary goal of the REP is to provide seed funding to promote, support, and enhance the research, scholarship, and creative endeavors of faculty at UConn, including (but not limited to) the strategic and emerging areas delineated in the Academic Plan and national and global priorities.

Dr. Gascón’s research will focus on the “Development of Connectivity-Based Force Fields to Model Thiolated Gold Molecular Clusters.”

Brückner Group Featured on Cover of Accounts of Chemical Research

achre4_v049i006.inddA review of the Brückner Group’s “Porphyrin Breaking and Mending” work has appeared in the June 2016 edition of Accounts of Chemical Research. A representation of the concept is also featured on the publication’s cover.

Brückner, C. ‘The Breaking and Mending of meso-Tetraarylporphyrins: Transmuting the Pyrrolic Building Blocks’ Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 49, 1080−1092.

About the Cover: “The “Breaking and Mending of Porphyrins” approach toward pyrrole-modified porphyrins carrying one or two non-pyrrolic building blocks proved to be a versatile method to generate dyes with varying optical properties and functionalities at their periphery, features of utility in a number of technical and biological applications.” Read more>>>>

Student John Ovian Receives Portz Fellowship

john ovian2John Ovian was awarded the National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Fellowship. The Portz Fellowships support original and extended interdisciplinary projects for up to 18 months. Only four fellowships are awarded nationally each year. John will use his fellowship funds to support his work on photo-mediated organocatalysis in the Leadbeater Group.