Graduate Student Matthew Guberman-Pfeffer (Gascon Group) is the recent recipient of a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship! Matthew’s selection was based on his “demonstrated potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise.”
Graduate student Sourav Biswas (Suib Group) was selected to create a video presentation at the ACS San Diego Conference. Sourav’s research was selected from the conference’s Organic Division participants. In the video, Sourav details his research regarding “Cooperative Catalysis of Cu and Mn in Oxidative Alkyne Coupling.”
Research conducted by the Suib Group is now featured as the cover of Material Views’ “Best of Advanced Energy Materials” feature.
The cover highlights Suib Group research regarding “Controlling the Active Sites of Sulfur-Doped Carbon Nanotube–Graphene Nanolobes for Highly Efficient Oxygen Evolution and Reduction Catalysis.” Collaborators include: Abdelhamid M. El-Sawy, Islam M. Mosa, Dong Su, Curtis J. Guild, Syed Khalid, Raymond Joesten, James F. Rusling, and Steven L. Suib.
Cover Summary: “A sequential two-step strategy is developed by Steven L. Suib and co-workers, in article number 1501966, to dope sulfur into carbon nanotube–graphene nanolobes (S,S’-CNT1000°C) to control the active-sites of metal-free catalysts. This strategy enhanced the oxygen evolution reaction better than state-of-art catalysts. This allows the S,S’-CNT1000°C to be a potential-candidate for next-generation metal-free regenerative-fuel cells. Workers in the cover image are doping carbon-nanotubes with sulfur that creates active-sites (raw materials) for the oxygen factory.”
Dr. Jing Zhao, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and IMS associated faculty member, is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. This honor recognized Dr. Zhao’s leading example in conducting outstanding research, guiding in education, and the integration of both research and education. Providing funds of $675,000 over the span of five years, the award will support her research project, Synthetically Controlled Plasmon-Multiexciton Interaction in Semiconductor-Metal Hybrid Nanostructures. She is one of four CLAS assistant professors to receive the award this year.
In building her own education, Dr. Zhao attended the University of Science and Technology of China. After earning her Bachelor of Science Degree, she went on to earn her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and completed her Postdoctoral fellowship at MIT. Her research aims to distinguish optical and structural properties of nanoparticles and to recognize the interaction between materials at the single particle level. Continue reading
Program Assistant Aneesa Bey, received the 2016 UConn Rising Star Award! The Rising Star Award is “given to a UConn staff member who has contributed significantly to his/her department and University community with enthusiasm, strong work ethic, superior leadership, and reliability. This person has enhanced the UConn brand through their ideas and actions.”
Aneesa was recognized during a campus-wide UConn Spirit Awards ceremony held on Tuesday, March 8th.
Dr. Steven Suib received an $100,000 award from General Electric Company for his project, “Conductive Ceramic Coatings.”
Dr. Challa V. Kumar’s research focuses on biological materials, materials that are both functional and biogradable. In this ACS “What Chemists Do” video profile, Dr. Kumar discusses the properties of a light-harvesting antenna that is more efficient than existing solar cell panels. Video>>>
Dr. Michael Hren has received an award from the American Chemical Society/Petroleum Research Fund for his project “Evaluating the Preservation Potential of Buried Organic Carbon: A Laboratory and Field Study of the Impact of Burial Diagenesis on Stable Isotopic and Organic Molecular Records” in the amount of $110,000.
Dr. Alfredo Angeles, Dr. Vitaliy Gorbatyuk, and Daben Libardo’s (Ph.D. candidate, Angeles Group) research was featured on the December cover of ACS Infectious Diseases.
Through the study of peptides, their research suggests that “ticks employ a variety of effectors to generate an amplified immune response.”