Dr. Challa Kumar has received additional funding from CLAS and the Department of Chemistry to supplement the Provost’s Open Education Resources Award which he received for the development of an open source text book in Physical Chemistry. Dr. Kumar will be developing the open source text book from scratch as there are none currently available on the subject (Rhonda Ward, IMS).
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!”
Department of Chemistry
Ph.D.: University of British Columbia, Canada
Office Location: Chemistry Building
What would you say are the Department of Chemistry’s areas of strength in your field?
We are agents of change. We transform matter on many scales, we monitor the change, and we strive to predict how these changes occur. In practical terms, we are a mid-sized department that is large enough to offer teaching and research that covers all the classic subfields of chemistry as well as their modern interdisciplinary permutations. But we are small enough so everyone knows everyone, making everyone feel at home. Importantly, we are a very young department, with a third of our faculty hired in the past 5 years. This has added tremendous strength and momentum and brought expertise to campus in contemporary fields that were not even heard of some years ago.
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.