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  • Professor Eric Petersen Visits College of Engineering

    April 2024

    Professor Eric Petersen, Nelson-Jackson Chair, and Director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University, is visiting the College of Engineering and being hosted by the Rotavera Group to deliver a seminar titled Improving Propellant Combustion Chemistry Models by Tackling NH3 and HClO4 Chemical Kinetics.

     

    Seminar

  • Rosalba Mazzotta Earns Awards for Excellence in Research and Academics

    April 2024

    Rosalba Mazzotta received both the 2024 Merit Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and the 2024 Academic Excellence Award in Biochemical Engineering.

     

    Celebration of Excellence

  • Undergraduate Presentation at the 2024 CURO Symposium

    April 2024

    Anna Conroy, Department of Physics
    “Oxygenated Organic Aerosol Formation in Low-Temperature Combustion of n-Heptane Blends”

     

    CURO

    2024 Book of Abstracts

  • University of Georgia Ranked Top Institution for Service to Student Veterans

    March 2024

    The University of Georgia is recognized as being among the top Military Friendly tier 1 research institutions in the nation because of the efforts of the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) on campus, which is a department within UGA Student Affairs.

     

    Article

  • Anna Doner Receives 2024 Excellence-in-Research Award

    February 2024

    Anna Doner received the 2024 Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award in the Mathematics and Physical Sciences division. The prestigious award recognizes the quality and significance of graduate student scholarship at the University of Georgia.

    Resulting from her scholarship during her doctoral research, Anna also received a GREAT Doctoral Fellowship from the Graduate School at the University of Georgia, the 2021 Graduate Education Advancement Board Fellowship, and an Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy.

     

    Announcement

  • Dr. Craig Taatjes to Deliver Prestigious Coulson Lecture

    November 2023

    The Rotavera group is hosting Dr. Craig Taatjes, senior manager for Physical Sciences at Sandia National Laboratories, for the 37th Coulson Lecture, titled “Reactions and Interactions in Complex Chemical Systems”.

    The annual Coulson Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, is named in honor of C. A. Coulson, British applied mathematician and theoretical chemist recognized as a pioneer of the application of the quantum theory of valency to problems of molecular structure, dynamics and reactivity.

     

    Abstract

    Announcement

  • Annabelle Hill Delivers Physical Chemistry Seminar

    October 2023

    Annabele Hill gave a presentation in the Department of Chemistry as a part of the Physical Chemistry seminar series. Her presentation, titled Low-Temperature Combustion of C5 Cyclic Molecules, is based on results that are part of an ongoing project to elucidate the fundamental chemistry of functional group effects on low-temperature combustion of cyclic hydrocarbons and biofuels.

     

    Announcement

  • Nick Dewey Earns DOE Fellowship

    September 2023

    Nick Dewey received the prestigious SCGSR Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. The SCGSR program recognizes outstanding accomplishments in academics and research of Ph.D. students that show the potential to make important contributions to the mission of the DOE Office of Science.

    The goal of SCGSR program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.

    With the SCGSR Fellowship, Nick is working with Dr. Stephen Klippenstein at Argonne National Laboratory on theoretical chemical kinetics computations of cyclic ether radical chemistry.

     

    Announcement

    Article

    Article (Argonne)

  • Professor Rotavera Appointed to Editorial Board for the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy

    August 2023

    The Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy presents experimental and theoretical articles on all subjects relevant to molecular spectroscopy and related modern applications.

     

    Editorial Board

  • Combustion Video Series - Part 5

    August 2023

    The Rotavera Group produced the fifth of a six-part series of science videos titled ‘If Electric Cars are the Answer, What Was the Question‘.

    With global demand for transportation energy increasing, sustainable solutions remain imperative. Investments in combustion research continue to make significant, immediate advancements leading to increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions through co-optimization of renewable fuels and next-generation engine technologies.

    Electric vehicles are not zero-emission vehicles — all vehicles produce emissions.

    In the context of climate and public health, the definition of the term ‘emissions’ is any undesired byproduct of a process. Electric vehicles are responsible for emissions produced from the sourcing of materials and the production processes utilized to build a vehicle (which include the use of sulfur hexafluoride), the means by which electricity is generated and distributed to charge vehicle batteries, and emissions from when the vehicle components (namely, the battery) require replacement.

    In addition, all vehicles also produce emissions called non-exhaust ‘particulate matter’ (PM), which imposes measurable public health risk and, due to higher vehicle weight, is produced by electric cars in greater abundance.

     

    citations:

    Sarah J. Jones, British Medical Bulletin, 2019

     

    non-exhaust particulate matter:
    Fussell et al., Environmental Science & Technology, 2022
    Piscitello et al., Science of The Total Environment, 2021
    Selley et al., Metallomics, 2020
    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2020
    UK Air Quality Group, “Non-Exhaust Emissions from Road Traffic”, 2019
    Timmers and Achten, Atmospheric Environment, 2016

     

    sulfur hexafluoride:
    Simmonds et al., Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2020
    Hall et al., Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 2011
    Rigby et al., Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2010

     

    energy policy analysis:
    Baker Institute for Public Policy (Rice University)

     

    (dichotomy of electric and diesel cars inspired by artist Marian Kamensky)

     

    If Electric Cars are the Answer, What Was the Question

  • University of Georgia Hosting ESSCI 2024

    August 2023

    The University of Georgia is holding the 2024 Spring Meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute (ESSCI) on campus in Athens, GA from March 10 – 13, 2024. The meeting is hosted by Prof. Rotavera and the program chair for the meeting is Prof. Jacqueline O’Connor of Penn State.

     

    Announcement

    Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute

  • Rotavera Group Conducts Combustion Experiments at Advanced Light Source Synchroton in Berkeley, CA

    June 2023

    Annabelle Webb, Sam Hartness, Nick Dewey, and Professor Rotavera traveled to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to conduct experiments at the Chemical Dynamics Beamline of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) synchrotron using the high-pressure multipliexed photoionization mass spectrometer (MPIMS) of Sandia National Laboratories.

     

    Advanced Light Source

    Chemical Dynamics Beamline

    Sandia National Laboratories Combustion Research Facility

  • Nick Dewey Recognized as 2023 Boyd Scholar

    June 2023

    Nick Dewey received the 2023 George Hugh Boyd Memorial scholarship, which recognizes graduate students that meet the high standards of Dr. Boyd, former dean of the Graduate School, who dedicated his life to education and research. Boyd Scholars address problems of the University and the nation as well as the preservation of mankind and the environment.

     

    Announcement

  • Josh DeJongh Receives Marshall Memorial Scholarship

    May 2023

    Josh DeJongh, former USAF Staff Sergeant, received the Corporal Evan Andrew Marshall Memorial Scholarship at the 2023 Student Veterans Resource Center Honor Cord Ceremony and Scholarship Reception.

    The scholarship is in honor of United States Army Cpl. Evan Andrew Marshall, 21, of Athens, Georgia, who was killed in action Monday, January 28, 2008 in Mosul, Iraq.

    Evan was born on June 2, 1986, and attended Athens Academy and Cedar Shoals High School, where he graduated in 2004. Upon graduation, he joined the Army, trained at Ft. Benning and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado, in which he served until the time of his death. He initially served in Iraq from December 2005 until December 2006. He returned to Iraq for his second tour of duty in December 2007.

    During his service in the Army, Evan was awarded a number of decorations, including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He also earned the Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, as well as the Global War on Terrorism Medal. Evan also held the Combat Infantry Badge and Expert Weapons Qualification Badge. While on patrol in Mosul, Evan, along with four other American soldiers, died in a battle that began when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle.

  • Rotavera Group Highlighted in Georgia Magazine

    April 2023

    The Rotavera Group is highlighted in the Spring 2023 edition of Georgia Magazine, which discusses ongoing commitments by the University of Georgia in cutting-edge STEM research.

     

    Georgia Magazine (Spring 2023)

    Article

  • Combustion Video Series - Part 4

    April 2023

    The Rotavera Group produced the fourth of a six-part series of science videos titled ‘Combustion Research’, which is based on research supported by DOE Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences program, and the NSF Combustion and Fire Systems program.

    Combustion research makes a significant and immediate impact on sustainable transportation energy objectives. To address scientific challenges related to increasing efficiency and decreasing emissions, advanced combustion technologies require deep insight into the fundamental chemistry and reaction mechanisms of hydrocarbons and biofuels.

    Low-temperature combustion chemistry research is essential for the continued development of next-generation engine technologies, yet is exceedingly complex for both hydrocarbons and biofuels. State-of-the-art scientific experiments, computational modeling, and theoretical quantum chemistry remain critical to sustainable transportation energy.

     

    Combustion Research

  • Undergraduate Presentations at the 2023 CURO Symposium

    April 2023

    Three presentations were delivered from the Rotavera Group at the 2023 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium:

    Rosalba Mazzotta, College of Engineering
    “Understanding the Combustion Chemistry of Biofuels”

    Josh DeJongh, College of Engineering
    “Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of Jet-Stirred Reactors”

    PJ Albenice, Department of Chemistry
    “Chemical Kinetics Modeling of 2-methyltetrahydrofuran Combustion”

     

    CURO

    2023 Book of Abstracts

  • Professor Rotavera receives CURO Research Mentoring Award

    March 2023

    Professor Rotavera received the 2023 Research Mentoring Award from the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO).

    The award recognizes outstanding faculty that consistently engage with undergraduate researchers through CURO programming and enhance the learning experience of undergraduate researchers at the University of Georgia.

     

    Announcement

    CURO

  • Alanna Koritzke Receives 2023 Excellence-in-Research Award

    March 2023

    Alanna Koritzke received the 2023 Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award in the Mathematics and Physical Sciences division. The prestigious award recognizes the quality and significance of graduate student scholarship at the University of Georgia.

    Resulting from her scholarship during her doctoral research, Alanna also received a Chateaubriand Fellowship from the Embassy of France, the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship (Department of Transportation), the Beverly Hirsch Frank Graduate Fellowship (University of Georgia), and the 2019 Martin Reynolds Smith Award (Department of Chemistry, University of Georgia).

     

    Announcement

    Excellence in Research Award

  • Annabelle Webb Receives 2023 Teaching Award

    March 2023

    Annabelle Webb received a 2023 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, which recognizes teaching assistants that demonstrate superior instructional skills.

     

    Announcement

  • Dr. Paul Papas Visits College of Engineering

    March 2023

    Dr. Paul Papas, Associate Director at Raytheon Technologies Research Center, is visiting the College of Engineering and hosted by the Rotavera Group to deliver a seminar titled Challenges for Sustainable Aviation.

     

    Seminar

  • Professor Rotavera Visiting the University of Illinois - Chicago

    February 2023

    Professor Rotavera is visiting Professor Patrick Lynch in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois – Chicago and giving a seminar titled Combustion for Sustainable Transportation.

     

    Abstract

  • Rosalba Mazzotta: 21st Century Leader

    February 2023

    Rosalba Mazzotta profiled for Alumni Spotlight article for 21st Century Leaders organization.

    21st Century Leaders is a non-profit organization that engages with high school students across Georgia to foster professional development and potential for leadership in academics, communities, and the workforce.

     

    Article

    21st Century Leaders

  • Dr. Stephen Klippenstein to Deliver Prestigious Signature Lecture

    November 2022

    The Rotavera group is hosting Dr. Stephen Klippenstein, Argonne National Laboratory Distinguished Fellow, for the 36th Coulson Lecture.

    The Coulson Lecture Dr. Klippenstein is giving is titled “Combustion in a Sustainable World: From Molecules to Processes” and is also recognized as a Signature Lecture.

    Signature Lectures are selected by the Office of the Provost to bring prominent thought leaders to the University of Georgia campus. The series features speakers noted nationally or internationally for broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work.

    The annual Coulson Lecture, sponsored by the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry, is named in honor of C. A. Coulson, British applied mathematician and theoretical chemist recognized as a pioneer of the application of the quantum theory of valency to problems of molecular structure, dynamics and reactivity.

     

    Abstract

    Announcement

  • Rotavera Group Conducts Combustion Experiments at Advanced Light Source Synchroton in Berkeley, CA

    October 2022

    Matthew Christianson, Nick Dewey, and Professor Rotavera traveled to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to conduct experiments at the Chemical Dynamics Beamline of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) synchrotron using the multipliexed photoionization mass spectrometer (MPIMS) of Sandia National Laboratories.

     

    Advanced Light Source

    Chemical Dynamics Beamline

    Sandia National Laboratories Combustion Research Facility

  • University of Georgia 16th in 2023 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

    September 2022

    The University of Georgia ranks No. 16 in the U.S. News & World Report 2023 ranking of top public national universities. Georgia is one of only four states (including California, Florida and Virginia) with more than one institution in the top 20. In addition, the University of Georgia and the University of Florida remain the only two institutions from the Southeastern Conference to rank in the top 20.

     

    U.S. News & World Report Rankings (2023)

    UGA Article

  • Combustion Video Series - Part 3

    June 2022

    The Rotavera Group produced the third of a six-part series of science videos titled ‘Combustion Intermediates’, which is based on research supported by DOE Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences program, and the NSF Combustion and Fire Systems program.

    Combustion research makes a significant and immediate impact on sustainable transportation energy objectives.

    To address scientific challenges related to increasing efficiency and decreasing emissions, advanced combustion technologies require deep insight into the fundamental chemistry and reaction mechanisms of hydrocarbons and biofuels.

     

    Combustion Intermediates

  • Josh DeJongh Receives Lockheed Martin Readiness Award

    May 2022

    Josh DeJongh, NASA Pathways Scholar and former USAF Aircraft Technician, received the 2022 Lockheed Martin Readiness Award.

     

    Article

  • Sam Hartness Earns Award for Excellence in Research

    April 2022

    Sam Hartness received an Excellence in Graduate Research award from the College of Engineering in recognition of his scholarly accomplishments and journal publication Dependence of Biofuel Ignition Chemistry on OH-Initiated Branching Fractions published in Frontiers in 2021.

     

    Celebration of Excellence Program

    Frontiers

  • Nick Dewey Delivers Physical Chemistry Seminar

    April 2022

    Nick Dewey gave a presentation in the Department of Chemistry as a part of the Physical Chemistry seminar series. His presentation, titled Development of Sub-Mechanisms for Cyclic Ethers: Alkyl-Substituted Oxiranes, is based on results that are part of an ongoing project to elucidate the fundamental chemistry of cyclic ether isomers formed during low-temperature combustion.

     

    Announcement

  • Undergraduate Presentations at the 2022 CURO Symposium

    April 2022

    Three presentations were delivered from the Rotavera Group at the 2022 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium:

    Josh DeJongh, College of Engineering
    “Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of Combustion Chemistry in a Jet-Stirred Reactor”

    Patterson Shriner, College of Engineering
    “Development of Outreach Strategies for Combustion Science”

    William Ball, College of Engineering
    “Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of Static Mixing Time for Binary Gases”

     

    CURO

    2022 Book of Abstracts

  • Combustion Video Series - Part 2

    March 2022

    The Rotavera Group produced the second of a six-part series of science videos titled ‘Low-Temperature Combustion Chemistry and Advanced Compression-Ignition Technologies’, which is based on research supported by DOE Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences program, and the NSF Combustion and Fire Systems program.

    Combustion research makes a significant and immediate impact on sustainable transportation energy objectives.

    To address scientific challenges related to increasing efficiency and decreasing emissions, advanced combustion technologies require deep insight into the fundamental chemistry and reaction mechanisms of hydrocarbons and biofuels.

     

    Low-Temperature Combustion Chemistry

  • Professor Rotavera Receives Irvin Glassman Award

    March 2022

    Professor Rotavera received the 2022 Irvin Glassman Young Investigator Award in recognition of research contributions to combustion science and delivered the Glassman Lecture titled “The Importance of Reaction Mechanisms in Combustion” at the 2022 ESSCI meeting at the University of Central Florida. The award is in honor of Professor Irvin Glassman of Princeton University.

     

    ESSCI

  • Dr. Kelly Senecal to Deliver Prestigious Signature Lecture

    February 2022

    The Rotavera group is hosting Dr. Kelly Senecal, co-founder of Convergent Science and co-author of the new book Racing Toward Zero: The Untold Story of Driving Green, which describes the challenges and opportunities of decarbonizing transportation.

    Dr. Senecal is giving a Signature Lecture titled “Racing Toward Zero: The Untold Story of Driving Green”.

    Signature Lectures are selected by the Office of the Provost to bring prominent thought leaders to the University of Georgia campus. The series features speakers noted nationally or internationally for broad, multidisciplinary appeal and compelling bodies of work.

     

    Abstract

    Announcement

  • Anna Doner Selected for Faraday Discussion

    December 2021

    Anna Doner was selected to speak at Oxford University for the Faraday Discussion on unimolecular reactions commemorating 100 years of the Lindemann mechanism. Her presentation is based on DOE- and NSF-funded research examining the effects of stereochemistry on unimolecular reactions of cyclic ether peroxy radicals and is in collaboration with Dr. Judit Zádor (Sandia National Laboratories).

  • Nick Dewey Awarded U.S. DOT Fellowship

    December 2021

    Nick Dewey was awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation Fellowship from the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP), which provides research support for graduate students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines.

    The DDETFP program advances the transportation workforce by helping to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation to retain top talent in the U.S. transportation industry.

  • Alanna Koritzke Delivers Opening Remarks at STEM Building Dedication

    November 2021

    Alanna Koritzke delivered remarks on behalf of the Rotavera Group and the Department of Chemistry at the dedication ceremony of the new STEM research building at the University of Georgia on November 30. President Jere Morehead, Dean Leo (College of Engineering), Dean Dorsey (Franklin College of Arts and Sciences), Yang Liu (Ph.D. student, College of Engineering), and Gov. Brian Kemp also delivered remarks.

     

    STEM Dedication Ceremony Remarks

  • Combustion Video Series - Part 1

    November 2021

    The Rotavera Group produced the first of a six-part series of science videos titled ‘Advanced Combustion Chemistry and Biofuels’, which is based on research supported by DOE Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences program, and the NSF Combustion and Fire Systems program.

    Combustion research makes a significant and immediate impact on sustainable transportation energy objectives.

    To address scientific challenges related to increasing efficiency and decreasing emissions, advanced combustion technologies require deep insight into the fundamental chemistry and reaction mechanisms of hydrocarbons and biofuels.

     

    Advanced Combustion Chemistry and Biofuels

  • Professor Rotavera Interviewed by Office of Research

    August 2021

    The Office of Research at the University of Georgia interviewed Professor Rotavera on biofuels, physical chemistry research in next-generation combustion systems, and the future of sustainable transportation energy.

     

    Article

  • Anna Doner Receives 2021 Graduate Education Advancement Board Fellowship

    May 2021

    Anna Doner received a 2021 Graduate Education Advancement Board (GEAB) Fellowship, which is awarded by the University of Georgia Graduate School and given to exceptional graduate students for accomplishments in research and for exemplifying significant potential as leader in scientific education.

     

    Announcement

  • Professor Rotavera Named Davison Early Career Scholar

    April 2021

    Professor Rotavera received the 2021 Fred C. Davison Early Career Scholar Award from the Office of Research at the University of Georgia.

    The award recognizes the scholarly achievements of junior faculty whose research, creative activities, and scholarly achievements indicate an aggressive trajectory toward an exceptional, sustained research career and an imminent rise to international stature in the field of study, and is named for Dr. Frederick Corbet “Fred” Davison, a biochemist and the 18th President of the University of Georgia, serving in that capacity from 1967 until 1986.

     

    Announcement

    Article

  • Anna Doner Earns DOE Fellowship

    April 2021

    Anna Doner received the prestigious SCGSR Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. The SCGSR program recognizes outstanding accomplishments in academics and research of Ph.D. students that show the potential to make important contributions to the mission of the DOE Office of Science.

    The goal of SCGSR program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.

    With the SCGSR Fellowship, Anna is working with Dr. Judit Zádor at the Combustion Research Facility at Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, CA) on automated potential energy surface exploration of cyclic ether radical chemistry.

     

    Announcement

    Article

  • Anna Doner Delivers Physical Chemistry Seminar

    April 2021

    Anna Doner gave a presentation in the Department of Chemistry as a part of the Physical Chemistry seminar series. Her presentation, titled Examining Cyclic Ether Consumption in Low-Temperature Oxidation, is based on recent papers published in the International Journal of Chemical Kinetics.

     

    Announcement

    International Journal of Chemical Kinetics Article

  • Professor Rotavera Delivers Combustion Seminar on Biofuel Chemistry

    March 2021

    Professor Rotavera gave a seminar entitled “Influence of Functional Groups on Low-Temperature Combustion Chemistry of Biofuels” as part of the Georgia Tech/Princeton University Combustion Webinar Series.

    The seminar series, led by Prof. Yiguang Ju of Princeton University and Prof. Wenting Sun of Georgia Tech, began in May of 2020 and provides a platform for disseminating research and opportunities for learning topics related to combustion.

     

    Seminar

    Announcement

  • University of Georgia Ranked Top Institution for Service to Student Veterans

    February 2021

    The University of Georgia is the top tier-one research institution in the nation in Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools 2021 rankings because of the efforts of the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) on campus, which is a department within UGA Student Affairs.

     

    Article

  • Professor Rotavera Interviewed by inChemistry on Basics of Combustion

    December 2020

    inChemistry magazine, an ACS publication, interviewed Professor Rotavera on basics of combustion science and fundamentals of flames for an article titled Shining a Light on Candles.

     

    Article

  • Matthew Christianson Delivers Physical Chemistry Seminar

    December 2020

    Matt Christianson gave a presentation in the Department of Chemistry as a part of the Physical Chemistry seminar series. His presentation, titled Combustion Chemistry of Cyclic Ether Radicals, is based on recent papers published in the International Journal of Chemical Kinetics.

     

    Announcement

    International Journal of Chemical Kinetics Article

  • Professor Rotavera Receives NSF CAREER Award

    October 2020

    The 5-year NSF CAREER project enables the Rotavera group to study reaction mechanisms of cyclic ether intermediates formed from low-temperature combustion. Major scientific goals of the project include understanding the role of cyclic ethers within the larger network of reactions unfolding during combustion, using experiments and computational modeling, and developing sub-mechanisms to improve the fidelity of detailed combustion models used for designing next-generation transportation systems.

    The CAREER Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.

     

    Article

  • Professor Rotavera Profiled in UGA Columns

    August 2020

    UGA Columns interviewed Professor Rotavera for its Faculty Spotlight feature to discuss his current research activities and how research provides relevant context for lecture topics in the classroom.

     

    Article

  • Alanna Koritzke Awarded Beverly Hirsch Frank Fellowship

    July 2020

    Alanna Koritzke was selected by the University of Georgia as the 2020-2021 Beverly Hirsh Frank Graduate Fellow, which recognizes exceptional graduate-level research with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and emerging fields.

     

    Announcement

  • Anna Doner Delivers Riverbend Research Highlight Series (RRHS) Seminar

    July 2020

    Anna Doner gave an RRHS seminar, titled ‘Examining Cyclic Ether Consumption in Low-Temperature Oxidation’.

     

    Announcement

    UGA Article

  • Undergraduate Presentations at the 2020 CURO Symposium

    April 2020

    Three presentations were delivered from the Rotavera Group at the 2020 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium:

    Kelsey Frandsen, Department of Chemistry
    “Photolysis Lifetimes of Cyclic Ethers using Vacuum Ultraviolet Absorption Cross-Sections”

    Tyler Hanson, College of Engineering
    “Determination of Gas-Phase Molar Ratios of Saturated Vapor Produced from Binary Liquids”

    Alex Weisel, College of Engineering
    “Design of a Compact Heat Exchanger for Combustion Experiments using CFD”

     

    CURO

    2020 Book of Abstracts

  • Sam Hartness Awarded University of Georgia GAIN Fellowship

    March 2020

    Sam Hartness earned a University of Georgia GAIN Fellowship, which recognizes outstanding graduate students, from across the 17 Colleges and Schools of the University, pursuing degrees in fields that are critical to Georgia’s economic vitality. GAIN Fellows are chosen based on academic merit, excellence in research, and demonstration of leadership through outreach and other activities.

  • Dr. Isaac Ekoto Visits College of Engineering

    November 2019

    Dr. Isaac Ekoto, hosted by the Rotavera Group, is visiting the College of Engineering to deliver a seminar titled How Novel Low-Temperature Plasma Ignition Systems Can Enable Sustainable Transportation.

     

    Seminar

  • Rotavera Group Conducts Combustion Experiments at Advanced Light Source Synchroton in Berkeley, CA

    October 2019

    Matthew Christianson and Professor Rotavera traveled to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to conduct experiments at the Chemical Dynamics Beamline of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) synchrotron using the multipliexed photoionization mass spectrometer (MPIMS) of Sandia National Laboratories.

     

    Advanced Light Source

    Chemical Dynamics Beamline

    Sandia National Laboratories Combustion Research Facility

  • Alanna Koritzke Awarded STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship

    May 2019

    Alanna Koritzke was selected as a 2019-2020 STEM Chateaubriand Fellow. The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States, which supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities for collaborative research projects in France. Chateaubriand Fellows are selected through a merit-based competition, through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

    The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Biology-Health (STEM) for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. The Fellowship is offered by the Office for Science & Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in partnership with American universities and French research organizations.

    As a Chateaubriand Fellow, Alanna will work with Dr. Andrea Comandini of the Institut de Combustion Aérothermique Réactivité et Environnement (ICARE) at CNRS-Orléans on high-temperature biofuel oxidation chemistry.

     

    Announcement

    Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

    ICARE – CNRS Orléans

  • Kelsey Frandsen Awarded CURO Fellowship

    April 2019

    Kelsey Frandsen received a 2019 CURO Fellowship to conduct mass spectrometry research on combustion intermediates. Each year, CURO awards 30 Research Fellowships from hundreds of applications to support University of Georgia undergraduates interested in pursuing intensive, immersive, faculty-mentored research during the Summer.

     

    CURO

  • Alanna Koritzke Earns Martin Reynolds Smith Research Award

    April 2019

    Alanna Koritzke received the 2019 Martin Reynolds Smith Award for the top research paper published in 2018 by a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry for her work on reaction mechanisms of cyclohexene oxidation published in the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute.

     

    Paper

  • Undergraduate Presentations at the 2019 CURO Symposium

    April 2019

    Three presentations were delivered from the Rotavera Group at the 2019 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium:

    Kelsey Frandsen, Department of Chemistry
    “Electronic Absorption Spectroscopy Measurements of Combustion Intermediates”

    Sam Hartness, College of Engineering
    “Chemical Kinetics Modeling of Biofuel Combustion”

    Dylan Brown, College of Engineering
    “Defining Uncertainty Bounds for Measurements of Gas Flow”

     

    CURO

    2019 Book of Abstracts

  • Jacob Davis Delivers College of Engineering Seminar

    March 2019

    Jacob Davis is giving a presentation, titled Design of a High-Pressure Jet-Stirred Reactor Facility for Gas-Phase Chemical Kinetics, as a part of the 2018-2019 College of Engineering Lecture Series.

     

    Announcement

  • Alanna Kortizke Awarded U.S. DOT Fellowship

    December 2018

    Alanna Koritzke was awarded a U.S. Department of Transportation Fellowship from the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP), which provides research support for graduate students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines.

    The DDETFP program advances the transportation workforce by helping to attract the nation’s brightest minds to the field of transportation to retain top talent in the U.S. transportation industry.

  • ISTEM Building Construction Begins

    November 2018

    The University of Georgia breaks ground on a $65 million, 100,000-sqft. Interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (ISTEM) Research Building to bolster collaborative research in high-impact areas including energy and the environment.

     

    UGA Article

  • University of Georgia 13th in 2019 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

    September 2018

    The University of Georgia (UGA) rose three spots to No. 13 in the U.S. News & World Report 2019 ranking of top public national universities. Georgia is one of only three states (including California and Virginia) with more than one institution in the top 15.

     

    U.S. News & World Report Rankings (2019)

    UGA Article

  • Jacob Davis Awarded University of Georgia GAIN Fellowship

    August 2018

    Jacob Davis earned a University of Georgia GAIN Fellowship, which recognizes 10 outstanding graduate students, from across the 17 Colleges and Schools of the University, pursuing degrees in fields that are critical to Georgia’s economic vitality. GAIN Fellows are chosen based on academic merit, excellence in research, and demonstration of leadership through outreach and other activities.

  • Anna Doner Awarded University of Georgia GREAT Doctoral Fellowship

    August 2018

    Anna Doner earned a GREAT Doctoral Fellowship, which is awarded to only 10 students across the 118 Ph.D. programs at the University of Georgia. GREAT Fellows are chosen from the most outstanding nominees who demonstrate superior potential to be productive and successful researchers in areas of need that support the research and scholarships strengths of the university.

  • Alex Larsson Awarded Joel Terry Hunt Graduate Fellowship in Engineering

    August 2018

    Alex Larsson earned a Joel Terry Hunt Fellowship, awarded to one graduate student annually in the College of Engineering based on academic performance, high moral character, demonstrated community service, volunteering, and leadership activities.

  • Alanna Koritzke Delivers Analytical Chemistry Seminar

    August 2018

    Alanna Koritzke is giving a presentation in the Department of Chemistry as a part of the Analytical Chemistry seminar series. Her presentation, titled Probing QOOH-Mediated Reactions in Cyclohexene Oxidation using Photoionization Mass Spectrometry, is based on synchrotron experiments conducted on cyclohexene oxidation and focuses on the technique of photoionization mass spectrometry.

     

    Announcement

    Proceedings of the Combustion Institute Article

  • Professor Rotavera Visiting the University of Bristol

    August 2018

    Professor Rotavera is visiting the Laser Chemistry, Spectroscopy and Dynamics Group in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol and giving a seminar titled Functional Group Effects on Reaction Mechanisms in Biofuel Oxidation.

  • Alanna Koritzke Gives Riverbend Research Highlight Series (RRHS) Seminar

    July 2018

    Alanna Koritzke gives RRHS seminar, titled ‘Combustion Chemistry of Advanced Biofuels’.

     

    Announcement

    UGA Article

  • University of Georgia Earns Top Ranking for Service to Student Veterans

    May 2018

    For the second time in three years, the University of Georgia has been named the top tier one research institution in the nation in the 2018-2019 rankings.

     

    UGA Article

  • Professor Rotavera Visiting Texas A&M University

    April 2018

    Professor Rotavera is visiting the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and giving a seminar titled Combustion Chemistry of Advanced Biofuels.

     

    Seminar

    Article

  • Undergraduate Presentations at the 2018 CURO Symposium

    April 2018

    Three presentations were delivered from the Rotavera Group at the 2018 Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Symposium:

    Caleb Wiff, College of Engineering
    “Measurements of Pre-Heater Temperature-Dependence on Flow Rates”

    Adam Jackson, College of Engineering
    “Electronically Controlled Actuator for Slow Compression of Combustion Gases”

    Zachary Rinehart, College of Engineering
    “Modeling Functional Group Effects on Combustion: n-Butane, 1-Butanol, and Butanone”

     

    CURO

    2018 Book of Abstracts

  • Dr. Lenny Sheps Visits Department of Chemistry

    March 2018

    Dr. Lenny Sheps, hosted by the Rotavera Group, is visiting the Department of Chemistry to deliver a seminar titled Unraveling Complex Pressure-Dependent Reaction Mechanisms in Autoignition and in Atmospheric Chemistry.

     

    Seminar

  • Professor Rotavera Visiting West Virginia University

    March 2018

    Professor Rotavera is visiting the Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University and giving a seminar titled Ring-Opening Reactions of R and QOOH Radicals in Cyclic Hydrocarbons: Cyclohexene and Tetrahydropyran.

     

    Seminar

  • Jacob Davis Presents at the 2018 ESSCI Meeting

    December 2017

    Jacob Davis is giving a presentation in the Reaction Kinetics Colloquium at the Spring 2018 meeting of the Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute (ESSCI) held at The Pennsylvania State University next March. The presentation, titled Effects of sp2 Carbon on Low-Temperature Oxidation of Cyclic Hydrocarbons, is based on synchrotron experiments conducted on cyclohexene oxidation.

     

    Abstract

    2018 Spring ESSCI Meeting

  • Rotavera Group Conducts Combustion Experiments at Advanced Light Source Synchroton in Berkeley, CA

    September 2017

    Jacob Davis, Alanna Koritzke, and Professor Rotavera travelled to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to conduct experiments at the Chemical Dynamics Beamline of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) synchrotron using the multipliexed photoionization mass spectrometer (MPIMS) of Sandia National Laboratories.

     

    Advanced Light Source

    Chemical Dynamics Beamline

    Sandia National Laboratories Combustion Research Facility

  • Professor Rotavera Selected for SEC Faculty Travel Program

    September 2017

    SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference, administers the SEC Faculty Travel Program, which facilitates faculty members to travel to other SEC universities to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, and deliver lectures. Professor Rotavera is scheduled to visit Texas A&M University next Spring.

     

    SEC Article

    2017-2018 SECU Participants

    Press Release

  • U.S. News & World Report Names University of Georgia No. 16 in Public National Universities Rankings

    September 2017

    U.S. News & World Report named UGA No. 16 on its list of 2018 Best Public Universities, up two spots from last year.

     

    U.S. News & World Report Rankings (2018)

    UGA Article

  • Jacob Davis Gives Riverbend Research Highlight Series (RRHS) Seminar

    August 2017

    Jacob Davis gives RRHS seminar, titled ‘Fundamentals of Combustion Science’.

     

    Announcement

    UGA Article

  • University of Georgia Ranked 10th Among Public Universities in New York Times College Access Index

    June 2017

    The New York Times once again ranks the University of Georgia 10th among the nation’s top public universities based on its commitment to economic diversity.

     

    UGA Article

    New York Times Article

  • Engineered for Success

    June 2017

    The College of Engineering at the University of Georgia celebrates its five-year anniversary and plans the next phase of its evolution following immense growth in all areas — including enrollment, research, placement, and corporate partnerships.

     

    UGA Article

  • Professor Rotavera Selected as SVRC Distinguished Fellow

    April 2017

    The Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) at the University of Georgia, led by Ted Barco, USAF Lt Col. (ret.), selected Professor Rotavera as a Distinguished Fellow. The SVRC, ranks in the Top 5 of Tier 1 Research Universities for supporting student veterans and offers wide-ranging programs, advocacy, and professional development opportunities.

     

  • Congressional Visit

    April 2017

    Professor Rotavera and colleagues from The Combustion Institute visited Capitol Hill for meetings with Congressional Staff, including the offices of Representatives Jody Hice and Johnny Isakson and Senator David Perdue, to discuss the importance of sustained science funding and its role in issues related to energy independence, climate change, and the economy.

     

    Combustion Institute Article

  • University of Georgia Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars

    February 2017

    UGA is one of only 16 institutions included among the top Fulbright student and scholar producers, which were announced today by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

     

    UGA Article

    Chronicle of Higher Education