August 17, 2009

Shannon Kleinbach ’09 Publishes Research in National Scholarly Journal

Her work with Chip Nataro, associate professor of chemistry, appeared in Organometallics

Shannon Kleinbach ’09, who graduated in May with a B.S. in chemistry, has coauthored a paper published in the national academic journal Organometallics.

The paper is the result of research Kleinbach conducted as an independent study under the guidance of Chip Nataro, associate professor of chemistry. Other coauthors of the paper are Jack Norton, professor of chemistry at Columbia University, and Nataro’s former student researchers Lauren Sites ’08, Daniel Jarem ’07, and Katherine Bocage ’04.

“This publication is a great addition to my resume,” Kleinbach says. In March, she gave a presentation at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society on a related project she worked on with Nataro. In that project, she attempted to synthesize new compounds for use as electrochemical catalysts.

“Doing research as an undergraduate was a great experience that has helped me in my search for a job. Most jobs and post-graduate programs specifically ask if the candidate has any publications and having one early on in my career is a benefit,” says Kleinbach, who has started a job as a chemist for JRF America in King of Prussia, Pa.

She is very grateful for the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member. “Dr. Nataro is a wonderful mentor who genuinely cares about his students. I wouldn’t have had these great experiences at Lafayette without his guidance,” she says.

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