IMS Director Nationally Recognized for Inventions

Dr. Steven Suib with student
ltug Poyraz, left, a graduate student, with Steven Suib, distinguished professor and director of chemistry. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Institute of Materials Science, Steven L. Suib has some advice for early career faculty and student researchers who are interested in inventing. Given that Suib was recently named a fellow of the National Association of Inventors (NAI), it would probably be smart to grab a pencil.

“Ask a lot of questions, know the literature, don’t be afraid to move on from ideas that just aren’t working. But above all, keep an open mind and work with other people,” offered Suib.

Throughout his nearly 40-year research career, Suib has lived by these words. As a preeminent expert in solid state chemistry and the synthesis of novel materials with a strong environmental focus, his work has produced numerous discoveries with a variety of applications in several industry sectors.

Designated a “Chemical Pioneer” by the American Institute of Chemists in 2005, Suib holds more than 31 U.S. patents and has disclosed well over 100 inventions, the most of any UConn faculty member. He joins three other colleagues who have previously been named NAI Fellows – Dr. Pramod Srivastava, Dr. Cato Laurencin, and Dr. Lakshmi Nair all from UConn Health. Suib is UConn’s first NAI Fellow from the Storrs or regional campuses.  Read the full UConn Today story.