Sravan Thota Receives ACS “Outstanding Student Poster Award”

Sravan wins poster award

Graduate Student Sravan Thota (Zhao Group) received an “Outstanding Student Poster Award” at the 2016 ACS Philadelphia Meeting. Sravan’s poster displayed his research of “Preferential Cu diffusion to the ends of AuCu alloy nanorod during galvanic replacement reaction.” Sravan was one of two students to receive this award from the ACS Colloids and Surface Chemistry Division (a field of approx. 100 posters). Sravan received a certificate and a check for $250.

Pinkhassik Group Research Featured on ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces Cover

Cover of ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces

A recent paper from the Pinkhassik Group was featured on the cover of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces20168 (30), pp 19755–19763). The study described the creation of size- and charge-selective nanoprobes for surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS). The cover image illustrates the application of selective SERS nanoprobes in the trace analysis of small molecules in blood plasma without the need for sample pretreatment. The selectivity is achieved by controlling the size of nano pores or the charge of the shells of nanocapsules. Dr. Sergey Shmakov (UConn) and Ying Jia (Saint Louis University) contributed to this work.

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UConn Chemists Conduct Experiments at NIST

UConn chemists at NIST

Gillian Macusi and Dr. Sergey Shmakov (Pinkhassik Group) received travel fellowships to conduct neutron scattering experiments at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). They joined Drs. Sergey Dergunov and Eugene Pinkhassik (UConn) and Dr. Andrew Richter (Valparaiso University) at NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) to investigate the structure of polymer nanocapsules developed in the Pinkhassik Group.

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.”