Dr. Wu wins the University Excellence in Research Award 2019-20

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Dr. Ji Wu (second from the right) with President Nivens and other award winners.

Dr. Ji Wu has recently won the 2018-19 Georgia Southern University Excellence in Research Award. Dr. Wu’s research involves synthesizing novel nano-materials that aim to solve world-class challenges in energy, environmental and medical sciences. Nanomaterials that have the potential to increase the efficiency of lithium ion batteries, act as biological and ionic sensors are recently synthesized in his lab.

Dr. Wu has mentored 32 undergraduate and 5 graduate students since 2013, resulting in 24 peer-reviewed journal articles and 24 presentations at various local and national conferences. Additionally, one United States Patent with Georgia Southern research student listed as the co-inventor has been allowed for issuance in 2019. Dr. Wu is also interested in the development of novel programmable drug delivery systems for efficient disease treatments utilizing light, pH and electricity as the stimulus to control the systems. 

Hearty Congratulations to Dr. Ji Wu for winning the award!

Professor wins Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Grant

Dr Arpita Saha was recently awarded a prestigious Jean Dreyfus Lectureship Grant for Undergraduate Institution for 2019 by Camille and  Henry Dreyfus Foundation for an amount of $18,500. The intent of this award is to bring to campus a world leading researcher in the chemical sciences. On behalf of Georgia Southern University, College of Science & Mathematics, Dr Saha is inviting Dr Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, John Gamble Kirkwood Professor of Chemistry from Yale University in fall 2019. Congratulations to Dr Saha!

Chemistry students shine Georgia Southern’s name abroad.

This summer, Drs. Rafael Quirino (Chemistry) and Matt Flynn (Sociology) were awarded the “100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund” from the MetLife Foundation to jump-start an exchange program between Georgia Southern University (GSU) and the University of Brasilia (UnB) in Brazil. As part of the initiative, 8 GSU students, including 3 Chemistry majors (2 graduate, 1 undergraduate) visited UnB while the Chemistry Department at GSU received 4 Brazilian students (2 graduate, 2 undergraduate) for two weeks. The exchange students at both Universities visited companies and research labs involved in sustainable technology. The students prepared research samples in Brazil and analyzed them at GSU. While in Brazil, the group of GSU students appeared on the local news <link to article> while visiting a computer Recycling plant. The recycling plant is managed by a NGO (Programando o Futuro) and finances its operation by selling recycled plastic to Hewlett-Packard. 

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Two graduate students successfully complete Internship seminar

Congratulations to Ms. Kayla Anderson and Mr. Souleymane Seye after the successful completion of their MS in Applied Physical Science Internship seminar entitled “The Ongoing Pursuit of High Value Chemicals from Reclaimed Tires”. This internship experience was supported by Efficien Technology located in Statesboro, GA with plant manager Mr. Chris Thorpe and COSM faculty Dr. John DiCesare and Dr. Don McLeMore.

October festivities: Mole Day and Scare on the Square

The chemistry student clubs show cased a variety of fun demonstrations for Mole day and Halloween. The Student Affliates of the American Chemical Socitey (SAACS) on the Statesboro campus celebrated Mole Day on October 23rd. They performed a variety of demos including Thermite, Elephant’s Toothpaste, Screaming Gummy Bears, and many more. Sudents from NOBCChE and SAACS clubs participated in the annual downtown Scare on the Square festival in Statesboro on October 27th and added more “magic” to the Halloween atmosphere with their cool chemistry experiments.



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