UConn chemistry professor Steven Suib has been granted a US patent (9,908,103) for a new method developed with his former student, Altug S. Poyraz, now an inorganic chemistry professor at Kennesaw State University. The technology is capable of synthesizing and customizing a type of compound that has unique catalytic and electronic properties.
Suib and Poyraz have patented their process for synthesizing thermally stable mesoporous transitional metal oxides. Their process also allows them to control the size of the mesopores and nano-sized crystalline walls.
Two University of Connecticut Chemistry professors recently received Research Excellence Program (REP) awards. Dr. Eugene Pinkhassik recently received the award for his proposal, “Catch and Release of Nucleic Acids with Porous Nanocapsules.” Dr. Yao Lin was awarded for his proposal, “Mechanics of Processive Enzymes that Degrade Crystalline Polymers and Its Implications in Designing Macromolecular Machines.” Congratulations!
Last week UConn opened its doors to 34 high school students from Berlin High School and Orville H. Platt High School (Meriden, CT) for a day of science lectures, demonstrations and hands on laboratory activities. The trip was coordinated by the Early College Experience office and Dr. Fatma Selampinar, with science activities hosted by Dr. Rouge, Dr. Quardokus and their students (Molly W., Cynthia G., Veronica H., Alyssa H., Saketh G. and Halle Barber, UConn ‘20). In the morning, the students had a chance to visualize atoms and learn about the forces they exert on other nearby atoms. Later in the afternoon, they had a chance to visualize DNA, interpret a gel and learn that DNA can be used as a nanomaterial, not just a genetic code. To wrap up the day the students were taken on a tour of the Mass Spectrometry Facility, with an educational demo by Lei Wang. A fun day of science and outreach ranging from materials to chemical biology was had by all!
From IMS News: Dr. Yao Lin has received an NSF supplemental award for his research “Material Properties of Complex Macromolecules Containing Synthetic Polyamino Acids.” The $71,067 supplement will run 5/10/18-5/09/20.
UConn-AAUP Excellence Awards Committee selected Chemistry Professor Jie He as a recipient of the 2018 UConn-AAUP Excellence Award – Excellence in Research and Creativity, Early Career. Congratulations, Jie!
The following students in Chemistry have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most widely recognized honors society, celebrating achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. Congratulations to:
Vincent Pistritto, a chemistry major and student working in Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater’s group has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Vincent was also featured in CLAS with other members of the Class of 2018. Read More>>>
Graduate student Islam Mosa won second place in the 2018 UConn Innovation Quest competition run by the UConn Business School, and was awarded a $10,000 fellowship towards commercializing his BioSupercapacitor developed and characterized in conjunction with a team lead by Prof. Jim Rusling and including Drs. Vijay Kumar and Ashis Basu and Prof. Richard Kaner from UCLA.
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