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
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.”
On July 1, Christian Brückner will become the next Department Head. He will be assisted by Associate Department Head Mark Peczuh and Undergraduate Program Director Nick Leadbeater.
A review of the Brückner Group’s “Porphyrin Breaking and Mending” work has appeared in the June 2016 edition of Accounts of Chemical Research. A representation of the concept is also featured on the publication’s cover.
Brückner, C. ‘The Breaking and Mending of meso-Tetraarylporphyrins: Transmuting the Pyrrolic Building Blocks’ Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 49, 1080−1092.
About the Cover: “The “Breaking and Mending of Porphyrins” approach toward pyrrole-modified porphyrins carrying one or two non-pyrrolic building blocks proved to be a versatile method to generate dyes with varying optical properties and functionalities at their periphery, features of utility in a number of technical and biological applications.” Read more>>>>
Dr. Challa V. Kumar received an NSF AGEP supplement to his project, “DNA Floor Boards.” This amendment brings Dr. Kumar’s total award to approximately $200,000.
John Ovian was awarded the National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Fellowship. The Portz Fellowships support original and extended interdisciplinary projects for up to 18 months. Only four fellowships are awarded nationally each year. John will use his fellowship funds to support his work on photo-mediated organocatalysis in the Leadbeater Group.
Dr. Mark Peczuh 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.
Of 104 proposals submitted, Dr. Peczuh’s proposal was amongst those selected to receive funding:
Mark Peczuh, PI, Chemistry
Dennis Wright, Co-PI, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Victoria Robinson, Co-PI, Molecular & Cell Biology
“A Post-Glycosylation Diversification Strategy to Develop Inhibitors of Protein Synthesis”