Research News

Graduate Student Maggie Ward Awarded NSF-GRFP

Maggie Ward, a first-year doctoral student in inorganic chemistry, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP). She works in the lab of Assistant Professor J. Nathan Hohman, focusing on crystallography and working is to synthesize and characterize metal-organic chalcogenolates, a class of semiconducting nanomaterials. The lab has primarily synthesized and studied silver materials, but her focus is currently those made […]

Interactive Periodic Table Tells Stories, One Element at a Time

Department Chemistry Periodic Table Display | UConn  Christian Brückner started collecting more than 45 years ago when he was a young teenager in Germany and his father a metallurgist who’d bring home laboratory leftovers to feed his son’s growing interest in crystals and science. From an early 19th century bottle of a mercury salt to manganese […]

Professor Sotzing’s 3BC Inc to Find Differences in THC

3BC Inc. is a cannabinoid company of which Prof. Gregory Sotzing is the Chief Scientific Officer. The company has been conducting research with UConn School of Nursing professor Steve Kinsey and his team in order to investigate the differences in physical and psychoactive effects of various forms of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. They found that two […]

Pushing Boundaries of RNA Modifications

Dr. Dan Fabris, Harold S. Schwenk Sr. Distinguished Chair in Chemistry, is currently developing technologies for the detection and characterization of RNA. He is particularly focusing on investigating the role of RNA modifications in the relationship between drugs of abuse and HIV. Using 908 Devices, Fabris pushes boundaries within the field with capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS). […]

Tomo Mani Receives NSF CAREER Award

Professor Tomo Mani has been awarded an NSF CAREER Award from the CHE division entitled, “CAREER: Control of Intramolecular Long-Range Charge-Transfer Emission.” This project will develop strategies for producing and controlling intramolecular long-range radiative charge recombination [charge transfer (CT) emission] in the condensed phase. With this award, his group aims to provide a fundamental understanding […]

2021 Publication Highlights

From the novel DNA delivery system for the treatment of asthma to the straightforward means of introducing interactive, three-dimensional figures into PDFs, UConn researchers made significant breakthroughs in the field of chemistry in 2021. Xia, Y.; Song, Z.; Tan, Z.; Xue, T.; Wei, S.; Zhu, L.; Yang, Y.; Fu, H.; Jiang, Y.; Lin, Y.; Lu, […]

Chemistry Professors’ and Ph.D. Candidate’s Invention Selected to Compete in Wolff New Venture Competition

Did you know that the prescription you picked up at the pharmacy likely once contained a host of toxic materials that were used as a catalyst for its creation? Don’t panic. In the development process, the toxins are stripped from the medication, and the FDA has stringent guidelines ensuring its safety. But UConn chemistry professors […]

Four Chemistry Professors Awarded Research Funding From UConn Office of Vice President for Research

The UConn Office of the Vice President for Research established the START Preliminary Proof-of-Concept (PPOC) Fund through support from the CTNext Higher Education Fund. The program aims to support the preliminary validation of innovative early stage technologies from across all disciplines for early stage projects that may one day result in inventions and technologies that […]

Tiny Bubbles: Treating Asthma with Gene Silencing Nanocapsules

Steroid-based inhalers deliver life-saving medication for millions of asthma sufferers, providing relief and the ability to simply breathe. Unfortunately, inhalers do not work for all patients, and with rates on the rise for a disease that leads to hundreds of thousands of deaths world-wide each year, new asthma treatments and strategies are needed. A team of UConn researchers […]

The McNair Scholar Summer Program Supports Student Doing STEM Research

When Nichali Bogues ’22 (CLAS) graduates from UConn, his dream career is to be a cardiothoracic surgeon. So scientific research was on top of his priority list.   But the rising senior structural biology and biophysics major didn’t expect the McNair Scholars Program to give him so much insight into what his future career will be like.    “I would say it […]