Prof. Castellano Receives Scialog Award

“Ron Castellano, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Jiangeng Xue, Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, have been named two of the ten recipients of a 2011 Scialog Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The three-year award is in the amount of $250,000 and will enable the two researchers to execute their proposal titled “A Modular Supramolecular Approach to Organic Photovoltaic Materials”. The Scialog program, in its second year, focuses on funding early career scientists and building research teams to undertake groundbreaking studies in solar energy conversion. A key element of the Scialog program, which is crafted to promote both science and dialog, is that awardees are brought together in an annual conference to facilitate dialog and the building of collaborations. Castellano and Xue will travel to the next Scialog conference to be held at Biosphere 2 (near Tucson, Arizona) in October, 2011.”

Prof. Castellano Receives Scialog Award

“Ron Castellano, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, and Jiangeng Xue, Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, have been named two of the ten recipients of a 2011 Scialog Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. The three-year award is in the amount of $250,000 and will enable the two researchers to execute their proposal titled “A Modular Supramolecular Approach to Organic Photovoltaic Materials”. The Scialog program, in its second year, focuses on funding early career scientists and building research teams to undertake groundbreaking studies in solar energy conversion. A key element of the Scialog program, which is crafted to promote both science and dialog, is that awardees are brought together in an annual conference to facilitate dialog and the building of collaborations. Castellano and Xue will travel to the next Scialog conference to be held at Biosphere 2 (near Tucson, Arizona) in October, 2011.”

UF Chemistry Graduate Students Win Three Top Prizes at FAME 2011 Conference

“Graduate students Shreya Mukherjee, Mario Moral, and Amrita B. Mullick were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes, respectively, in the poster presentation contest at the Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (FAME) in Tampa, Florida, 2011. Shreya Mukherjee is currently a 5th year graduate student in Dr. Christou’s research group. Her poster title was “Synthetic Models of the Water Oxidation Complex of Plant Photosynthesis”. Mario Moral is a 5th year graduate student in Dr. Richards’ group. His poster title was “Inhibition by Nitric Oxide Catalysis by Oxalate Decarboxylase”. Amrita B. Mullick is a 2nd year graduate student in Dr. Veige’s research group. Her poster title was “Design, Synthesis, and Enantioselective Catalytic Exploration of New Chiral Bis-NHC Ligands and their Metal Complexes”. If you see the following students in the department please stop to congratulate them on their achievements and for representing our department.”

UF Chemistry Graduate Students Win Three Top Prizes at FAME 2011 Conference

“Graduate students Shreya Mukherjee, Mario Moral, and Amrita B. Mullick were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes, respectively, in the poster presentation contest at the Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (FAME) in Tampa, Florida, 2011. Shreya Mukherjee is currently a 5th year graduate student in Dr. Christou’s research group. Her poster title was “Synthetic Models of the Water Oxidation Complex of Plant Photosynthesis”. Mario Moral is a 5th year graduate student in Dr. Richards’ group. His poster title was “Inhibition by Nitric Oxide Catalysis by Oxalate Decarboxylase”. Amrita B. Mullick is a 2nd year graduate student in Dr. Veige’s research group. Her poster title was “Design, Synthesis, and Enantioselective Catalytic Exploration of New Chiral Bis-NHC Ligands and their Metal Complexes”. If you see the following students in the department please stop to congratulate them on their achievements and for representing our department.”

UF Chemistry Department Startup Company wins the 2011 Cade Prize for Innovation

“The winners of the 2011 Cade Prize for Innovation were announced at the May 12th Cade Prize Night event, held at the new Fine Arts Building on the campus of Santa Fe College. Graduate Student Ryan Martin and Professor Stephen A. Miller received the coveted, $50,000 prize for an invention titled PolyEsterAcetals, which represent a new class of green plastics that are produced from sustainable biomass sources and are degradable back into ecological life cycles. This technology is particularly amenable to the market segment of disposable packaging and consumer products. A key feature is their tunability to degrade in a variety of environments, including seawater. The Miller Research Group invents, synthesizes, and characterizes several different classes of polymers made from biorenewable feedstocks. Florida Sustainables (floridasustainables.com) works with the UF Office of Technology and Licensing to promote these innovations and secure collaborations with businesses in the polymer manufacturing and processing industry. (photo by Doug Finger/Staff Photographer, Gainesville Sun)”

UF Chemistry Department Startup Company wins the 2011 Cade Prize for Innovation

“The winners of the 2011 Cade Prize for Innovation were announced at the May 12th Cade Prize Night event, held at the new Fine Arts Building on the campus of Santa Fe College. Graduate Student Ryan Martin and Professor Stephen A. Miller received the coveted, $50,000 prize for an invention titled PolyEsterAcetals, which represent a new class of green plastics that are produced from sustainable biomass sources and are degradable back into ecological life cycles. This technology is particularly amenable to the market segment of disposable packaging and consumer products. A key feature is their tunability to degrade in a variety of environments, including seawater. The Miller Research Group invents, synthesizes, and characterizes several different classes of polymers made from biorenewable feedstocks. Florida Sustainables (floridasustainables.com) works with the UF Office of Technology and Licensing to promote these innovations and secure collaborations with businesses in the polymer manufacturing and processing industry. (photo by Doug Finger/Staff Photographer, Gainesville Sun)”