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A Summer of Research: The Importance of REU’s at UConn

By: Ben Donohue & Olivia Ortegon Research is a valued and highly respected part of an engineer’s career. However, opportunities are not always easy to come by. At C2E2, undergraduate students have the unique opportunity to gain undergraduate research experience that expands upon their classroom knowledge while gaining experience in the field of hydrogen technologies. […]

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A Self-Cooling Tent that Runs on Just Water and Sunshine

For many avid outdoorspeople, summertime and camping go hand in hand. But as climate change continues to drive summer temperatures higher, outdoor recreation could become less relaxing—and cooling technologies like fans and portable air conditioners require electricity that is seldom available at the average campsite.   Seeing an unmet need, UConn researcher Al Kasani, working with […]

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Four UConn Researchers Take DoD University Research Equipment Awards

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded four UConn scientists with high-profile grants to fund the acquisition of technology to bolster their research capabilities.   The highly competitive Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), offered by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval […]

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Internships Can Lead to Surprising Opportunities and Career Success

By: Ben Donohue & Olivia Ortegon             Andres Godoy, a graduate assistant at the Center for Clean Energy Engineering, understands the impact internships have on career aspirations and progression. The knowledge and experience during his internship last year at the National Science Foundation (NSF) helped to set the path for the prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship, a […]

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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Hydrogen Technologies – Summer 2023 Registration Now Open!

Spend Your Summer at UConn! Hydrogen Research Experience for Undergraduates:  A Convergent Approach on Traineeship towards Realizing H2 Economy Scientists worldwide are urgently seeking ways to provide a clean, secure, and affordable carbon-free energy future for the mankind. This is not an easy task as the statistics show that the energy demand worldwide is expected […]

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UConn Aims to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2030 and Become International Model of Sustainability

UConn will build on its culture of environmental sustainability with aspirations to achieve carbon neutrality on campus by 2030, making it a living laboratory to develop and demonstrate new approaches to mitigating climate change’s harmful effects. President Radenka Maric, an internationally known expert in clean energy research, announced the carbon-neutral plan recently in a letter […]

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In Connecticut, Climate Change is Another Way to Say Opportunity

A panel of University of Connecticut climate experts discussed how Connecticut could become the Silicon Valley of sustainable energy during a roundtable in Greenwich on Nov. 16. “Climate change is a global issue, but politics are local,” and there must be action at all levels of society to avoid major problems for every human being, […]

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New Fuel Cell Gets New Look, Thanks to Student Design

UConn’s newly installed fuel cell sports an eye-catching new look, thanks to a student-led design contest aimed at expanding awareness of the clean-energy technology. The new 460kW fuel cell, recently installed at the Depot Campus in Storrs, was manufactured by HyAxiom, a Doosan company from South Windsor, replacing a 400kW fuel cell. The new fuel […]

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Chao Hu: Re-Charging Research on the Reliability of Lithium-ion Batteries

Written by: Olivia Ortegon and Matthew Mancini When most of us plug in our devices, we don’t think about the batteries inside. This is where C2E2’s most recent hire, Dr. Chao Hu’s research is focused. “We look at the battery usage profile during operation (charging and discharging). We want to estimate the state of health […]

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UConn is Teaming Up with a Key US Navy Supplier

Ward Leonard, LLC, a Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) company and University of Connecticut Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Ali Bazzi, who has a joint appointment with the Center for Clean Energy Engineering, are joining forces to develop power converter solutions for naval applications. They aim to develop high-power-density self-healing power electronics for manned and unmanned Naval […]

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UConn Applies Clean Energy Expertise to Multi-State Hydrogen Hub

UConn is putting its expertise in clean and renewable energy into practice as a member of a six-state, multiagency and university consortium seeking to establish a Northeastern hydrogen hub. The consortium is laying the groundwork for a U.S. Department of Energy proposal funding opportunity anticipated to be announced this Fall. The federal government is expected […]

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White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy Recognizes UConn’s Indoor Air Quality Initiative Fighting COVID-19

UConn Health nurse practitioner Marina Creed’s University of Connecticut cross-campus do-it-yourself indoor air purifier project continues to gain momentum — all the way to the White House. Creed’s patients in UConn Health’s Multiple Sclerosis Center are among the more vulnerable to severe illness from COVID-19. Motivated by her role as both a clinician and a […]

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Amir Soleymani is Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers

By: Ben Donohue C2E2’s own, Amir Soleymani, started teaching this summer at Yale University’s “Eduexplora” program. Eduexplora is a two-week summer program for academically talented students ranging from the ages of 13-18 years old. The goal is to expand student’s knowledge beyond their academic school setting. This is seen in their motto: “Where tomorrow’s leaders […]

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Designing a Lighter Fuel Cell with Higher Current Density

A team of UConn engineering researchers is working with Technology Commercialization Services to bring a tubular design of a fuel cell to market. Fuel cell technology is continuously evolving as renewable energy and alternate energy sources become an increasingly important means of reducing global dependence on fossil fuels. Planar fuel cells, a prevalent design, can […]

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Burning Green: How Dr. Sung’s Combustion Research Will Lead to a Cleaner Future

By: Ben Donohue & Olivia Ortegon When the word combustion comes up in conversation, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Most people think combustion is “dirty”, but Dr. Chih-Jen (Jackie) Sung is working hard to change the public’s perception of combustion. A professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UConn, Dr. Sung joined […]

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UConn Ph.D. Student’s Research in Atomic-scale Processing of Semiconductor Materials

Adnan Mohammad is a Ph.D. student in electrical engineering at the University of Connecticut (UConn) with Professor Necmi Biyikli as his faculty advisor. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at American International University and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, respectively. He chose UConn for his Ph.D. because of UConn’s great […]

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C2E2’s Own Andres Ortiz Godoy Heading to France

Written by: Ben Donohue & Olivia Ortegon Beginning as a collaboration between the American and French government, the Chateaubriand Fellowship is a prestigious, research-focused opportunity centered around climate change. The Fellowship supports “outstanding PhD students from U.S. institutions who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in France”, according to the Chateaubriand Fellowship official […]

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From Bottle Rockets to Expertise in Electronics: Georges Pavlidis Joins C2E2 as its Newest Member

By: Ben Donouhe & Olivia Ortegon Building and firing bottle rockets is a staple to begin a career of science and engineering. For Dr. Georges Pavlidis, this activity jump started his interest in engineering and he has never looked back. Born in France, Georges Pavlidis’ diverse background makes him a valuable asset to the Center […]

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“Empowering Kids” through Clean Energy Education

Written by: Olivia Ortegon C2E2 was all a buzz preparing for a visit from 80 middle school students from the summer program “Empowering Kids”. This organization is a summer program, whose visit to C2E2 exposed the students to various engineering disciplines and the different environments and resources available for energy research at UConn. Students who […]

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C2E2 Clean Energy Symposium

Written by Ben Donohue & Olivia Ortegon The Center for Clean Energy Engineering at UConn (C2E2) held its inaugural symposium at the Innovation Partnership Building (IPB) where industry professionals, undergraduate and graduate students of UConn were in attendance.  The two-day event featured special guest keynote speakers Ahmad Pesaran of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, John […]

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U.S. Energy Secretary Granholm Visits UConn jen-granholm-fuel-cell-visit

U.S. Energy Secretary Granholm visited multiple locations on campus to learn about UConn’s leadership in clean energy research and application.

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NASA Selects Proposals to Enable Manufacturing In Space for Earth

Following a decade of assembly of the International Space Station and the subsequent decade of research onboard the ISS National Lab, NASA moves boldly into the decade of results with the award of new and promising technologies for in-space manufacturing of advanced materials and products for use on Earth. With more than 21 years of continuous […]

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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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