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On-campus Research

Undergraduate research is an exciting opportunity for chemistry students to work with faculty and experience the process of discovery. The faculty have developed a culture of scholarship in which students learn how to use research to strengthen their understanding of scientific concepts. Undergraduate research is actively encouraged throughout the students' curriculum to invigorate learning.

 

2013-2014

2012-2013

2011-2012

  • Kristin Nichols, Briana Laubacker, and James Chambers with Richard Hartmann, Ph.D.
    Synthesis of tin (II) halide-phosphine complexes and characterization via 119sn and 31PNMR spectroscopy
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  • Matthew Gilligan, Elana Tontarski, and Eliot Sachsenmeier with Richard Hartmann, Ph.D.
    Tin II halides as catalysts for the methylation of oleic acid.
  • Yashonandini Singh and Nicole Bayona with Richard Hartmann, Ph.D.
    Investigation of the kinetci isotope effect with tin (II) bromide as a Lewis acid catalyst for the esterification of oleic acid.
  • Emily Benton with Richard Hartmann, Ph.D.
    Investigating the effect of steric bulk on the catlytic activity of substituted tin (II) chlorides in the methylatoin of oleic acid.

Students working on the analysis of small molecules that bind to the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein gp120 via solid support with Stephen Tajc, Ph.D:

  • Goodwell Nazou
    Synthesis of a small molecule HIV-1 viral entry inhibitor for interaction with gp120 on a solid surface. View Abstract
  • Moudi Hubeishy and Cara Czechowski
    Modifying small molecule HIV-1 viral entry inhibitors to bind glycoprotein gp120 on a solid surface.  View Abstract
  • Sarah Wazenkewitz and Jennah Wolcott
    Exploring various linker components for solid support binding of small molecules to HIV-1 glycoprotein gp120View Abstract

Past Research

Summer 2011

  • Emily Benton with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Methylation of oleic acid catalyzed by tin (II) fluoride
  • Alan Connor and Mark Hutchinson (Alumnus of Biology '09 with Chemistry Minor) with Dr. Lauren O'Neil - Using computational chemistry to calculate the energy of various forms of Malachite Green Leucohydroxide to determine the wavelength
  • Paul Rubeo with Lynn O'Brien, Ph.D. - Assessing the effectiveness of Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) in chemistry
  • Molly Kingsley with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Investigation of the kinetic parameters of tetrachloro [(ethylenebis diphenylphosphine)] tungsten (IV) as a Lewis acid catalyst in the esterification of oleic acid
  • James Chambers with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Methylation of oleic acid catalyzed by tin (II) chloride
  • Sarah Wazenkewitz with Kelly Hutchinson-Anderson, Ph.D. - Development of New General Chemistry Lab Curriculum
  • Kristin Nichols with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Methylation of oleic acid catalyzed by tin (II) iodide
  • Briana Laubacker with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Methylation of oleic acid catalyzed by tin (II) bromide

Fall & Spring 2010-11

  • Michelle Scotland with Alicia Carroll, Ph.D. - Identification of Dipicolinic Acid as an Extracellular Food Source for Bacillus licheniformis
  • Courtney Sakolish with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic behavior of a phosphine-tungsten complex immobilized on a peptide synthesis resin
  • Jeremy Wood with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic behavior of a resin immobilized tungsten based Lewis acid
  • Phuong Nguyen with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Methylation of oleic acid catalyzed by tin (II) chloride: Determination of the rate law, activation energy, and potential mechanisms
  • Nepherteria Wright with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Methylation of oleic acid catalyzed by tin (II) iodide
  • Iffat Shafiq with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Methylation of oleic acid catalyzed by tin (II) bromide
  • Molly Kingsley with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Investigation of the kinetic parameters of tetrachloro (ethylenebis diphenylphosphine) tungsten(IV) as a Lewis acid catalyst in the esterification of oleic acid
  • Jenna Howard with Richard Hartman, Ph.D. - Synthesis and determination of the catalytic role of tungsten bound resins for biodiesel production

NOTE: All of the research from 2010-11 was presented at the 240th ACS National Meeting and Exposition March 2011 in Anaheim, California.

Summer 2010

  • Molly Kingsley and Phuong Nguyen - Synthesizing novel Lewis acid catalysts and then assessing their ability to act as catalysts for the esterification of free fatty acids

Fall & Spring 2009-10

  • Brittany Krupp, Amber Streicher, Timm Knoerzer PhD, Lynn O'Brien PhD, Brian Witz PhD - Ambystoma maculatum;granular gland secretion isolation, purification, and characterization
  • Michelle K Scotland, Alicia M Carroll PhD - Fate of dipicolinic acid released from Bacillus subtilis during spore germination
  • Jamie L. Doyle, Veronica Chiu, Dr. James O. Schenk - Effect of Wellbutrin on dopamine reuptake transporters in rodent striatal tissue
  • Christina E. Brule, Dr. Timm A. Knoerzer PhD, Jose Luis Mascarenas - Toward the construction of tetrapodal artificial transcription factors
  • Kevin J Golembiewski, Dr. Richard W. Hartmann - Methyl esterification of oleic acid catalyzed by tin (II) chloride
  • Victoria A Assimon, Dr. Richard W Hartmann, Dr. Timm A Knoerzer - Synthesis of a resin bound iron Lewis acid catalyst for fatty acid esterification
  • Brian Hauck, Christina Crawford, Dr. Herbert H. Hill Jr. - Ion mobility mass spectrometry of isomeric peptides

NOTE: All of the research from 09-10 was presented at the 239th ACS National Meeting and Exposition March 21-25, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

Summer 2009

  • Christina Brule, Jennifer Pier - Design and Synthesis of Peptidomimetic Transcription Factors View Abstract
  • Jenna Howard, Brittany Krupp, Amber Streicher - Characterization of Skin Alkaloids from Secretions in Ambystoma maculatum

Fall & Spring 2008-09

  • Michelle Scotland - Fate of Dipicolinic Acid Released from Bacillus subtilis During Spore Germination View Abstract
  • Lynn Atwater, Valentina Bianco, Brian Hauck, Nick Hopkins, Mark Hutchinson, Lindsey Michaels, Lindsey Zullo - Design and Synthesis of Peptidomimetic Transcription Factors
  • Jamie Doyle, Brittany Forcione - The Phenol-Amine Hydrogen Bond as a Director of Molecular Structure View Abstract
  • Lauren Wright - Isolation of lipolytic soil microbes and quantification of lipase-mediated lipid degradation View Abstract
  • Victoria Assimon - Resin bound iron as a lewis acid catalyst for fatty acid esterification View Abstract
  • Brittany Krupp, Jenna Howard - Novel method for determining biodiesel gel point View Abstract
  • Jenna Howard, Brittany Krupp - Novel method for studying transesterification employing capacitance measurement View Abstract
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