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UTSA professor named among Thomson Reuters 2014 Highly Cited Researchers

Banglin Chen

UTSA Professor Banglin Chen

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(Aug. 13, 2014) -- Banglin Chen, professor of chemistry in the UTSA College of Sciences, has been named among the world’s 2014 Highly Cited Researchers by Thomson Reuters. This is the second time Chen has appeared on a Thomson Reuters list. In 2011, he ranked No. 15 on the publication’s Top Chemists of the Past Decade list.

Thomson Reuters collaborated with its partner, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the producer of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, to create its Highly Cited Researchers list. The list includes more than 3,000 authors worldwide in 21 science and social science fields. They represent the top 1 percent of researchers most cited in their specialty areas. Thompson Reuters studied citations from 2002 to 2012.

Chen has authored 124 peer-reviewed papers, which have been cited more than 16,000 times. His work has been published in many top chemistry magazines including Science, Nature Communications, Chemical Communications and the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Chen joined the UTSA faculty in 2009. His research focuses on solid-state nanoporous metal-organic frameworks and nanoparticles. The materials have applications to gas storage, separations, sensors, catalysis and electronics. He holds eight U.S. patents for intellectual property related to metal-organic frameworks and a license for one metal-organic framework's characteristic gas storage.

A native of China, Chen earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from Zhejiang University in China and his doctoral degree in chemistry from the National University of Singapore.

Chen is the third UTSA faculty member to be included on a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher list. In 2001, George Perry, Alzheimer’s disease expert and dean of the UTSA College of Sciences, and Christopher Ellison, professor of sociology in the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts, were included. Perry has authored 970 publications and been cited more than 54,000 times. Ellison has authored two books, more than 185 publications and has more than 14,000 citations.


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Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
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This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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