Dr. James Rusling Among Highly Cited Authors

Paul Krenicki Professor of Chemistry James Rusling ranks among the top 5% of highly cited authors with Royal Society of Chemistry journals in 2019. Specifically, his most cited article, “Automated 3D-printed unibody immunoarray for chemiluminescence detection of cancer biomarker proteins,” received 15 citations in 2019. Collaborators include Chi K. Tang ’16 Ph.D. and Dr. Abhay Vaze.

Royal Society of Chemistry journals include: Analyst, Analytical Methods, Lab on a Chip, and JAAS.

Six UConn Researchers to Join the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Six researchers from the University of Connecticut and UConn Health have been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) this year. Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

This year 489 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Continue reading

“Hot Paper” Published in Angewandte Chemie

Assistant Research Professor Sergey Dergunov and Associate Professor Eugene Pinkhassik published a “Hot Paper” in Angewandte Chemie. “Hot Papers” are chosen by the Editors for their importance in a rapidly evolving field of high current interest.


Dergunov and Pinkhassik used organized environment of self-assembled bilayers to perform two-dimensional RAFT polymerization and uncovered substantial differences in reactivity of building blocks between bulk and bilayer-templated polymerization influenced by their placement and mobility. 

UConn Funds Five COVID-19 Research Projects, Announces Additional Funding

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) recently announced a new internal funding program to support researchers at all of UConn’s campuses who are using their expertise in fields as diverse as wastewater and chemosensory testing to find novel solutions to help the nation and the world address this crisis. The program will award up to $50,000 to recipients.

The OVPR awarded five awards to researchers from UConn and UConn Health:

James Cole, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Departments of Molecular and Cell Biology, $43,439
Targeting the Endoribonuclease of Coronaviruses
Co-PIs: Mark Peczuh, Chemistry Continue reading

Teaching Chemistry in the Time of COVID-19: Memories and the Classroom

Teaching Chemistry RemotelyIn a recent Journal of Chemical Education article, Assistant Professor in Residence J. Dafhne Aguirre and Associate Professor in Residence Fatma Selampinar detail their experiences teaching general chemistry in the time of COVID-19. The publication compares the challenges, teaching strategies, laboratory methods, and discussion methods used by two different instructors teaching a three-semester chemistry course.

Read Full Article: “Teaching Chemistry in the Time of COVID-19: Memories and the Classroom”

2019-2020 Chemistry Graduate Student Awards

Waring Award
Matthew Howell (Advisor: Dr. Angeles)

Masterton Award
Arlene Bartolome (Advisor: Dr. Lin)
Chinthani Madduma Liyanage (Advisor: Dr. Adamson)
Marvin Naing (Advisor: Dr. Angeles)
Jasmin Portelinha (Advisor: Dr. Angeles)
Jon Smolen (Advisor: Dr. Hren)

Connecticut Chemistry Research Award
Lei Jin (Advisor: Dr. He)

Outstanding Service and Research Award
Reuben Bosire (Advisor: Dr. Kasi)

Excellence in Service Award
Ina De La Fuente (Advisor: Dr. Rouge)
Gillian Macusi (Advisor: Dr. Pinkhassik)

Bobbitt-Chou Graduate Summer Research Fellowship
Jason Buck (Advisor: Dr. Mani)

Welcome to New Members of Our Faculty

Kerry GilmoreStephanie RuggWelcome Dr. Kerry Gilmore and Dr. Stephanie Rugg to our faculty!

Kerry joins us as an Assistant Professor from the Max-Planck Institute for Max for Colloids and Interfaces in Berlin, Germany, where his most recent position was Research Group Leader. He earned his PhD at the University of Florida and will continue his innovative research program in flow chemistry in Storrs.

Stephanie, an Assistant Professor in Residence, was previously teaching at Vassar College. She is an organic/organometallic chemist with a PhD from the University of Rochester. Her strong interest and expertise in chemical education complements our team at the Stamford campus.

We are thrilled to have been able to add both to our faculty! Continue reading

Dr. Priya Pradhan and Dr. Jie He Promoted

Priya PradhanJie HeOne of the highlights in academic life are promotions in academic rank that are awarded after rigorous and lengthy review of the academic achievements by the department, the Dean, the Provost, and with the help of a number of outside reviewers. The Board of Trustees then awards the promotions based on the evaluations and recommendations of all that reviewed the academic track record. With the beginning of this academic year, we have two such promotions to celebrate: Dr. Priya Pradhan was promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor in Residence and Dr. Jie He was promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor with tenure. Please join us in congratulating Priya and Jie!

Priya is teaching general and organic chemistry at the Hartford campus. She graduated in 2009 from UConn with a Ph.D., having worked in the research group of Professor Bill Bailey.

Jie established a thriving research group at Storrs after he joined our department in 2014. His broad range of research interests center on the integration polymers with inorganic materials (metal ions, clusters and nanoparticles).

Congratulations again! We are proud to have you both in our Department!

After 45 Years of Teaching, Professor Bailey Retires

BaileyAfter a 45-year successful career at UConn, Professor Bill Bailey retired at the beginning of this academic year. Alas, retiring is the wrong word: Bill merely stepped away from active teaching. He will still be found in the building (when anyone can be found in the building again). We certainly will also see continued scholarly work being published by him.

Bill’s research is in the realms of organolithium chemistry methodology, mechanisms, and conformational analyses. His dedication and creativity as an educator and mentor extraordinaire is to be celebrated.

Please join us in thanking and congratulating Bill!

Welcome to Fall 2020

A Message from the Department Head

Dear All,

Welcome to a new semester! The campus and building have come alive once again. We are welcoming new faculty and graduate students to the Department, we have awards and a retirement to celebrate, and we have a large group of students eagerly lining up for general or organic chemistry classes. Alas, this is not going to be a normal semester. Almost everything will be very different and difficult in ways that are predictable and unpredictable. Continue reading