The CBE department would like to extend its congratulations to the following professors on their recent research awards.
Dr. Jeffrey McCutcheon received a grant from Hydration Technology Innovations for his project Osmotic Membrane Testing and Characterization, totaling $122,000. In addition, Dr. McCutcheon and graduate student Jason Arena received a $20,000 grant from the National Water Research Institute for their project Modification of Thin Film Composite Membrane with Polydopamine for Improved Support Layer Hydrophilicity to Enhance Performance in Forward Osmosis. Dr. Jeff McCutcheon directs the Sustainable Water and Energy Learning Laboratory (SWELL), which oversees many research projects dealing with emerging technologies for water treatment and water-based energy technologies. He works with six Ph.D., four M.S., and ten undergraduate students. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 2007.
Dr. Anson Ma received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for his research entitled, Understanding the Interfacial Rheology of Carbon Nanotubes at the Fluid-Fluid Interfaces for Creating Ultra-Stable Emulsions and Microcapsules. The grant is $400,000, sustained over the next four years. Dr. Ma was awarded a prestigious NSF EAGER award in the year 2012 and has taught at UConn since 2011.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to Dr. Leslie Shor and Dr. Daniel Gage (Professor in Molecular & Cell Biology) for their project Structuring the Rhizosphere: using Protozoa to Sow Bacteria in 3D for Sustainable Crop Production. Dr. Shor is the Northeast Utilities Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering Education in the Chemical Engineering Department. Dr. Shor has taught at UCONN since 2009.
Dr. Brian Willis was awarded a $300,000, five-year NSF grant, Collaborative Research: Electro-optical Studies of Nanoscale, Geometrically-Asymmetric Tunnel Junctions for Collection and Recitification of Light from Infrared through Visible. Dr. Willis has taught at UConn since 2008, prior to which he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware. His research at UConn focuses on epitaxial oxides on semiconductors, scanning tunneling microscopy investigations of organic/semiconductor interfaces, tunneling spectroscopy for molecular electronics and nano-sensors, and nanoscale investigations of electrocatalysis.