Department News

  • Dr. Kerry Gilmore Featured in UConn Today
    Dr. Kerry Gilmore was featured in UConn Today in an article titled, “Want to Contribute to Scientific Research? There’s An App – and a Network – for that.” What we are trying to do is to open up access to being able to do research. Read the article here:
    Posted on April 8, 2024
  • Meet New Head of Chemistry, Dr. Mark Peczuh
    Dr. Mark Peczuh was featured in UConn Today as the new Department Head for UConn Chemistry. In the article, the seasoned chemist discusses the study of ‘stuff,’ raves about his department’s faculty, and pits AI against Taylor Swift. To read the full article please visit,
    Posted on March 20, 2024
  • Dr. Jessica Rouge featured in UConn Today
    In honor of International Women’s Day, Dr. Jessica Rouge from UConn Chemistry was featured in UConn Today. To read the article entitled “Female Inventor Empowers Underrepresented Women in Science” please visit,
    Posted on March 14, 2024
  • Tailoring Synthetic Polypeptide Design
    In a collaborative effort, researchers from the University of Connecticut (led by Profs. Yao Lin, VJ Kumar and Xudong Yao) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (led by Prof. Jianjun Cheng) have made an advance in the rational design of synthetic polypeptides to develop filament-based hydrogels. The work, conceptualized and realized by the graduate […]
    Posted on March 6, 2024
  • Search for new NMR Facility Director
    COR²E is searching for a new Director of the jointly managed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility.  All details and link to the application site can be found here:  The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience implementing multi-dimensional NMR for small and large biomolecules.  The full job description and necessary qualifications can be found here: 20231121_COR2EandChemistryNMRDirector
    Posted on November 27, 2023
  • 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 […]
    Posted on May 1, 2023
  • Prof. Nicholas Leadbeater Awarded 2023 CLAS Mentoring Award
    Congratulations to Prof. Nicholas Leadbeater for being awarded the 2023 CLAS Mentoring of Undergraduate Students Award! The Faculty Mentoring Awards recognize faculty who demonstrate exemplary support, encouragement, and the creation of opportunities to enrich the learning and professional development of others.
    Posted on May 1, 2023
  • UConn Chemistry is Hiring! Financial Assistant 1
    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry seeks qualified applicants for a full-time position as a Financial Assistant 1. The Department of Chemistry’s staff provides quality professional services to a diverse and thriving community of students and faculty engaged in innovative research and academic excellence. Under the supervision of the Education Program […]
    Posted on January 24, 2023
  • 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 […]
    Posted on November 10, 2022
  • Workplace Navigators
    A group of faculty and staff from STEM departments in CLAS have recently formed the Workplace Navigators group with the goal to provide a safe place where faculty, staff, post-doctoral associates, and graduate students can informally discuss academic and nonacademic concerns including administrative, workplace, and climate issues.  Together we will work to define the problem, […]
    Posted on November 8, 2022
  • 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 […]
    Posted on October 26, 2022
  • 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). […]
    Posted on September 7, 2022
  • 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