Department News

  • UConn Celebrates Early-Career Faculty Award Recipients, Approves ‘Innovation Faculty’ Plan
    A prestigious group of UConn faculty are being honored this year as the University’s latest recipients of early-career awards from the National Science Foundation, recognizing their potential as role models in education and research. The UConn Board of Trustees and Interim President Radenka Maric recognized 10 faculty members at Wednesday’s trustees meeting, noting that the […]
    Posted on April 7, 2022
  • Twelve UConn Faculty Members Elected to Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering
    UConn’s 12 new CASE members include researchers, university leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators. UConn is well represented in the newest class of inductees to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE). The organization announced that 12 UConn and UConn Health faculty members will be honored at the Academy’s 47th annual meeting, to be held virtually […]
    Posted on March 22, 2022
  • UConn Again is Among Top Producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars
    UConn has been recognized among the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars from research institutions for the fourth time in the past six years. The University of Connecticut has been recognized among the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholars from research institutions for the fourth time in the past six years. The University has six […]
    Posted on March 22, 2022
  • Trailblazer and Changemaker of Young Peoples’ Lives: Dr. Marja Hurley
    In celebration of Black History Month we honor trailblazer and inspiring physician-scientist Dr. Marja M. Hurley, the first woman of color to graduate from the School of Medicine in 1976. Learn how for decades she’s been inspiring the next generation of doctors and scientists. Dr. Marja M. Hurley was the first woman of color to […]
    Posted on February 16, 2022
  • Professor Alex Asandei Awarded NSF-EAGER Grant
    Prof. Alex Asandei was awarded a prestigious NSF-EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) grant for his proposal “Metal Mediated Perfluoroalkyl Halide Activation towards Functional Group Interconversion and Coordination Polymerization of Fluoroalkenes.” The grant is part of the NSF Potentially Transformative Research funding initiative in the Chemistry Division. This research aims at developing new approaches towards […]
    Posted on February 15, 2022
  • Keeper of the Chemistry Building
    The health of the building infrastructure is a major aspect for any chemistry facility. Our Chemistry Department occupies a beautiful building that is also astoundingly complex: 225 fume hoods evacuate the air out of the building at a high rate (also needing to be replenished at the same rate), and dependent of the weather, also […]
    Posted on February 14, 2022
  • New X-Ray Technique Sees the Crystal in the Powder
    Crystals reveal the hidden geometry of molecules to the naked eye. Scientists use crystals to figure out the atomic structure of new materials, but many can’t be grown large enough. Now, a team of researchers report a new technique in the January 19 issue of Nature that can discover the crystalline structure of any material. […]
    Posted on January 19, 2022
  • 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 […]
    Posted on January 10, 2022
  • Students Sweep Tech Park’s First Annual Microscopy Art Contest
    Often a new tool leads to a new discovery—and that’s as true for art as for science. UConn Tech Park showcases the relationship between tool and knowledge beautifully in its inaugural microscopy competition, which invited UConn researchers to submit images taken with Tech Park’s state-of-the-art equipment. “This competition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our […]
    Posted on January 3, 2022
  • 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, […]
    Posted on December 31, 2021
  • Classrooms Without Computers: UConn Grad Student Seeking to Change that in Ghana
    UConn graduate student Ben Ahiadu says he spends at least six hours a day in front of a work computer, time he uses to plan lessons, record experiments, email colleagues, and read papers. “The things I am doing now are all built on technology,” he says. “I cannot imagine life without computers.” But for Ahiadu, […]
    Posted on December 27, 2021
  • Stockroom Staff Adapts to Changing Lab Needs
    Structural Changes to Teaching Lab Services and the Main Stockroom The retirement of Charlene Fuller led to many changes for Main Stockroom team. Sam Post, previously a senior laboratory technician, successfully transitioned into the Main Stockroom Manager role, and is continually looking for new efficiencies and better ways to serve the department. Organization of the […]
    Posted on December 21, 2021
  • #FacesOfUConnChem: Meet Connor Boyle and Pascal Riel
    Meet Connor Boyle and Louis Pascal Riel, new Assistant Professors in Residence at UConn Waterbury and UConn Avery Point. Connor Boyle Assistant Professor in Residence UConn Waterbury Background: Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Current position: Assistant Professor in Residence at UConn Waterbury. This is my first year at UConn, and I am […]
    Posted on December 12, 2021
  • Deepthi Varghese Success Story
    Deepthi Varghese is a TD Module Engineer at Intel Corporation. Deepthi earned a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from UConn. “I am currently working as a process engineer in the dry etch module at Intel. My current role focuses on technology development for next-gen semiconductor technologies and sustaining for high volume manufacturing.” Deepthi has been with […]
    Posted on December 2, 2021
  • Professor Emeritus James McCue Bobbitt, in Memoriam
    James McCue Bobbitt passed away November 22, 2021 after being injured in an automobile accident in Windham, Connecticut. Born on January 18, 1930 in Charleston, West Virginia, he was on the cusp of 92. Dr. Bobbitt graduated from West Virginia University in 1952, where he also met his wife, Jane Ann Hickman, “the smartest student […]
    Posted on November 29, 2021
  • Meet Assistant Professor Michael Kienzler
    Meet Assistant Professor Michael Kienzler, an organic chemist interested in using light to manipulate molecules for biological applications. Career Growing up, Michael Kienzler’s interests spanned the sciences, including fields such as chemistry and biology. Although he enjoyed chemistry, Kienzler wanted to explore various academic paths before committing to one. “It took me a while to […]
    Posted on November 29, 2021
  • #FacesOfUConnChem: Meet Assistant Professor, Dr. Gaël Ung
    This week’s faculty highlight is on Dr. Gaël Ung! Background: Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego with Prof. Guy Bertrand; Postdoc at the California Institute of Technology with Prof. Jonas C. Peters Current position: Assistant Professor at UConn Storrs. He has been here since 2016 and loves the collegial environment with the students […]
    Posted on October 29, 2021
  • #FacesOfUConnChem: Meet Assistant Professor, Dr. Steve Barshay
    Our next faculty highlight comes from Dr. Steve Barshay! Background: Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry and Planetary Astronomy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; teaching postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona; 32-year career in the nuclear power industry. Current position: After retiring from industry, Dr. Barshay came to UConn as an Assistant Professor because of his […]
    Posted on October 22, 2021
  • #FacesOfUConnChem: Meet Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater
    Next for our faculty highlights is Dr. Nicholas Leadbeater! Background: Ph.D. and research fellowship at the University of Cambridge, UK; faculty position in London Current position: Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director at UConn Storrs, where he has been since 2004. He chose UConn Chemistry because of its great facilities and faculty.
    Posted on October 15, 2021