Dr. Tomoyasu Mani is the recipient of a 2016 Blavatnik Regional Award for Young Scientists.
The Blavatnik Award honors outstanding postdoctoral scientists from institutions across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Three winners and six finalists are chosen from the fields of Life Sciences, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences and Engineering. Mani is being recognized for his “advances in the understanding of electron transport occurring in organic photovoltaics used in solar energy capture and conversion!”
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Dr. Jing Zhao and Dr. Robert Mason (CHEM/Marine Sciences) were chosen as recipients of a $330,000 NSF award. Dr. Zhao and Mason are co-PIs on a project entitled, “Examining the Role of Nanoparticles in the Formation and Degradation of Methylated Mercury in the Ocean.”
Profs. Greg Sotzing (CHEM/IMS), Rampi Ramprasad (MSE/IMS), and Yang Cao (ECE/IMS) have received a grant from the Office of Naval Research titled “Rational design of polymer dielectrics via synergistic computations, synthesis and characterization.” The grant is for $1,050,000 and will span 2.5 years.
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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
The 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>>>>
The Kyle Lambert – Jim Bobbitt – Bill Bailey, et al. article in Chemistry- A European Journal 2016, 33, 5156, which disclosed a mild, metal-free method for the oxidation of amines to nitriles in high yield, has been highlighted in this month’s Synform. Read more >>>
A 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 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.”