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Fifteen Students Present Senior Research at National Conference of American Chemical Society in New Orleans

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Posted: Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

Fifteen Saint Vincent College students made presentations of their undergraduate research at the 244th national conference of the American Chemical Society April 7 to 10 in New Orleans. All are enrolled in the senior chemistry seminar course taught by Dr. Matthew A. Fisher, associate professor of chemistry, in the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing.

The students and their research topics included, front row from left, Colleen Fisher, a senior chemistry major from Cheswick, Art as a context for inquiry-based learning in chemistry education; Emily Amond, a senior chemistry major from New Alexandria, Effect of dendritic and chromophoric ancillary ligands on the color-tuning and efficiency of phosphorescent cyclometalated iridium (III) complexes; and Christie Cyktor, a senior biochemistry major from West Newton, Use of potassium phosphate as a buffer for hydrogen peroxide and peroxidase in urine analysis for morphine; second row, from left, Emily Lauterbach, a senior chemistry major from Pittsburgh (15227), Effect of 7-hydroxyflavone and fluconazole on the CYP450-2C9 mediated metabolism of ibuprofen; Samantha Shumaker, a senior chemistry major from Canonsburg, Application of carbon nanotube filters on abandoned mine drainage; and Maria Swasy, a senior chemistry major from Blairsville, Acylation of ferrocene: Which is greener?; third row, from left, Allen Osinski, a senior chemistry major from Jeannette, Stabilization of group 13 metal complexes by utilization of the sterically hindered N-heterocyclic carbene, iPR; Elom Pedanou, a senior chemistry major from Worcester, Mass., Synthesis of a polymer-LED with a poly(p-phenylenevinylene) backbone through the Gilch polymerization method; David Tiberi, a senior chemistry major from Fairbank, Synthesis of group 14 metalloles; and Robert Crovak, a senior chemistry major from Jeannette, Enzymatic ring opening polymerization and associated biodegradation; Dr. Fisher, standing right, Dr. Steven Gravelle, standing left, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Caryl Fish, standing second from left, associate professor of chemistry, accompanied the group. Absent from photo are Joelso Ferreira, a senior chemistry major from Brazil, Analysis of biodiesel properties over different catalyst and alcohols; Jacob Hendrick, a senior environmental chemistry major from Ligonier, Passive treatment of abandoned mine drainage and municipal wastewater in a bioreactor using potential biofuel producing microalgae; Sean Murphy, a senior chemistry major from Marlton, NJ, Chemical and spectral analysis of a defaced 18th century oil painting; Steffani Zuraw, a senior chemistry major from Belle Vernon, "Greener education": Green chemistry in the high school curriculum; and Jacob Mayers, a junior biology major from DuBois, representing the Saint Vincent College Chemistry Club 2012-2013.

The Saint Vincent students joined more than 10,000 chemical science and engineering undergraduate students, chemists, academics and other professionals at the meeting. In addition to their poster presentations, the students had an opportunity to attend a career fair, short courses and workshops.


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