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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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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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