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C2E2 Shares Environmental Awareness at Earth Day Spring Fling

By: Olivia Ortegon & Ben Donohue It was a perfect day to celebrate Earth Day at UConn on April 20th, 2022. The campus was alive with students, faculty, and others enjoying the local foods and environmental organizational displays as many groups participated in UConn’s annual Earth Day Spring Fling, co-sponsored by UConn’s Office of Sustainability […]

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Dr. George Matheou Receives Prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Dr. George Matheou, assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering and member of UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering, was one of 10 recipients from the University of Connecticut, who received this year’s NSF CAREER award.   Dr. Matheou’s award is titled “CAREER: Understanding Low-Cloud Feedbacks Using Large-Eddy Simulation of Spatially Developing Cloud Transitions” and was awarded […]

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What UConn does to be a green campus

The University of Connecticut has been acknowledged for its efforts in creating a sustainable campus, as well as the projects underway to further this environmentally conscious action in the future.   The university has already won a handful of awards, as well as ranked highly for its progress in becoming sustainable. Most recently, UConn ranked eighth […]

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Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Partners With New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts To Develop Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub Proposal

Multi-State Coalition Will Pursue $8 Billion in Federal Infrastructure Law Funding Available to Establish Regional Hubs To Expand Use of Clean Hydrogen (HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont announced today that Connecticut is joining New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts to develop a proposal to become one of at least four regional clean hydrogen hubs […]

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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Necmi Biyikli’s Atomic Layer Engineering Laboratory: Building the Next Generation Devices, one Atomic Layer at a Time…

By Sowon Chung Dr. Necmi Biyikli is an Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut. Before joining UConn in 2017, he was an Assistant Professor at Bilkent University, Turkey. His areas of expertise focus on atomic layer deposition (ALD), semiconductor thin films, (opto) electronic devices, nanoscale energy materials, flexible and wearable […]

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Professor Jasna Jankovic, Panelist on H2 View’s Virtual Hydrogen Summit Europe 2022

Hydrogen is a big agenda item of the Biden administration, and as the world moves towards scale, it is time to take action to facilitate climate change.  New technologies are emerging around the world implementing hydrogen on a grand scale however it is not without its opportunities and challenges.  UConn’s Assistant Professor and faculty member […]

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UConn’s Participation in Israel Mission Produces Fruitful Discussions, Partnership Extension

‘It was truly a win-win: a lot of learning, a lot of building relationships, a lot of thinking about what’s next’                             UConn’s faculty research expertise, commitment to sustainability, and reputation as a hub for innovation and job creation were all highlighted this month as Interim President Radenka Maric joined Gov. Ned Lamont and others […]

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MSE Graduate Student Researches Alternative Energy Sources

By Gabriela Esposito, Student Written Communications Assistant UConn’s Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) graduate student Sara Pedram is from Iran; a country known for its energy exportation — specifically, oil. Ironically, the dependency much of the world has on her home country’s industry, is one of the forces that drove Pedram to focus her graduate […]

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Optimizing Energy Recovery From Wastewater Using Machine Learning

By: Ryley McGinnis, Communications Specialist, UConn School of Engineering  Properly disposing of biosolids in our water is essential in creating a sustainable water treatment system. Unfortunately, in the United States, and especially in New England, this process is prone to failures, leaving usable energy on the table. A team of researchers led by Jeffrey McCutcheon […]

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From Policy to Practical: UConn Students, Alumni Use Personal Strengths to Address Climate Change

Marshaling the University’s resources to tackle the pressing issue of climate change through research, policy advocacy, and more ______________ Sena Wazer ’22 (CLAS) was only 11 years old when the Paris Climate Accord was signed, but it wasn’t until three years later in 2018 when she started to pay attention. That was the year the United Nations Intergovernmental […]

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Research Experience for Undergraduates. Why are REU’s Especially Important Today?

How can undergraduate students learn more about clean energy at UConn? Julia Valla, Associate Professor at the Center for Clean Energy (C2E2), says we can do that through REU’s.  An REU program simply put, stands for a Research Experience for Undergraduates. Through these REU’s students can learn more about their field and get a closer […]

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MSE Graduate Student Tackles the Future of Energy Innovation

By Katie Nejati, Student Written Communications Assistant Third-year MSE doctoral student, Amir Soleymani, working alongside members of Assistant Professor Jasna Jankovic’s Research Group, is conducting research at the forefront of energy innovation. Soleymani began his research career working on ways to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide during the processing of engineering materials. In the […]

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Power and Energy Faculty Spark New Innovation in Several Fields

Written by Ryley McGinnis, Engineering Communications The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has powerhouse research and teaching faculty. Still, a group of faculty members focused on power and energy research know that their potential can only be multiplied by coming together.                Professors Ali Bazzi, Sung Yeul Park, Zongjie Wang, Yang Cao, Junbo Zhao, and […]

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Regrowing Cartilage in a Damaged Knee Gets Closer to Fixing Arthritis

UConn bioengineers successfully regrew cartilage in a rabbit’s knee, a promising hop toward healing joints in humans, they report in the January 12 issue of Science Translational Medicine. Arthritis is a common and painful disease caused by damage to our joints. Normally pads of cartilage cushion those spots. But injuries or age can wear it […]

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Getting to Know Incoming UConn Interim President Radenka Maric: ‘For Me, The Students Are Everything’ Maric - Photo

As UConn’s incoming interim president, Radenka Maric brings a background of talents and interests that are as multi-faceted as the University itself, but with the same cardinal commitment to place students at the center of its efforts. Maric is UConn’s vice president for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and has been a faculty member and researcher […]

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C2E2 Welcomes Dr. Beykal to her Newest Home at UConn

By: Ben Donohue & Olivia Ortegon We welcome our newest member and Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Dr. Burcu Beykal, to the University of Connecticut and the Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2).  Dr. Beykal completed her doctoral and postdoctoral studies at Texas A&M University specializing in process systems engineering, data-driven modeling, and […]

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Graduate Assistant Lei Yu and Dr. Julia Valla collaborate with Tulane University and published in Energy & Fuels

Graduate Assistant Lei Yu and Dr. Julia Valla from the University of Connecticut and Drs. Azeem Farinmade, Oluwole Ajumobi, and Vijay John from Tulane University recently published their collaborative research on “One-Step Hydropyrolysis and Hydrotreating Tandem Reactions” (10.1021/acs.energyfuels.1c02453) in Energy & Fuels, December 16, 2021 Vol 35 edition.  Their research details how the drop-in biofuel […]

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Re-Inventing the Wheel: How Dr. Ali Bazzi’s Driving Simulator can Change the Future of Autonomous Driving

  Written by Olivia Ortegon, Ben Donohue, Matt Mancini Buckle-up everyone! Safe driving has become a hot topic as advances within the automobile industry keep evolving. UConn and the Center for Clean Energy Engineering’s (C2E2) Dr. Ali Bazzi and his co-principal investigator Dr. Sabato Santanello have been conducting research on their very own open-source driving […]

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At Jeffrey McCutcheon’s lab, the Connecticut Center for Applied Separations Technologies (CCAST), 3D printing blends art with science.

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Dr. Poludnenko collaborates with UMass colleagues on NASA Award

Congratulations to Dr. Alexei Poludnenko, professor at UConn’s C2E2 and the Mechanical Engineering Dept. UMass-Dartmouth Professor Dr. Robert Fisher was awarded a $550k NASA grant. Dr. Poludnenko will collaborate with UMass colleagues on supercomputer simulations of supernovae. Read more  

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Alumni Spotlight: UConn and Beyond – David Gamliel’s Research in Clean Energy

By Ben Donohue & Olivia Ortegon We sat down with UConn alumnus Dr. David Gamliel, to learn more about his career post-graduation, as well as gain some insight into how his experiences at UConn prepared him for the workforce. Dr. Gamliel went to University of Massachusetts Amherst for his Bachelor’s degree and graduated from UConn […]

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Faculty Spotlight: A Brighter Future for Clean Energy, Dr. Jankovic’s Research Leads the Way

By Margot Wentzel and Olivia Ortegon Professor Jasna Jankovic is one of the distinguished faculty members here at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2). Her experience in the industry, as well as academia, make her work unique and pivotal. Dr. Jankovic started her career in a petroleum refinery and achieved her master’s degree in […]

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UConn’s AMES Program – Education Plays a Big Role in Workforce Development

Students from UConn’s Master of Science in Advanced Manufacturing in Energy Systems (AMES) presented their research work to representatives from industry, community colleges, faculty, and students.  The symposium was a culmination of the AMES students’ hard work and research during their time in the program.  This is an annual event to commemorate each student’s accomplishments […]

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True Potential Found at the World Fuel Cell Conference, Mariah Batool Achieves 2nd Place

By Ben Donohue & Olivia Ortegon Sparked by her interest from working for an oil and gas refinery in Pakistan, her home country, Mariah Batool says “fuel cells have always amazed me. I believe they are the next big thing”.  Mariah came to UConn on a Fulbright scholarship to focus on her research on advanced […]

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UConn, a ‘Powerhouse in Research,’ Participates in NSF Roundtable

The value of UConn’s research in driving economic development and transforming lives was highlighted Friday in an event led by the National Science Foundation, which supports many of the University’s most critical projects through significant grant funding. Radenka Maric, UConn’s vice president for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship, was an invited participant in an experts’ roundtable […]

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