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May 3, 2010

Students Present Research at American Chemical Society National Conference

They worked in close concert with chemistry professors on numerous projects

A total of 11 students presented research at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting and exposition in San Francisco, Calif. The society’s two annual national meetings each attract more than 11,000 chemists, chemical engineers, academicians, and graduate and undergraduate students.All of the students have worked with a faculty member through the College’s honors thesis, independent study, or EXCEL Scholars programs. Lafayette’s focus on close student-faculty interaction has made it a national leader in undergraduate research. Many of the hundreds of students who participate in these programs each year publish their work in academic journals and present at regional and national conferences.

Student presenters along with their project title and faculty research adviser are:

  • Nicholas Barna ’11 (Mountaintop, Pa.), chemistry
    “Development of a one-pot palladium-catalyzed ‘borrowed hydrogen’ process for the synthesis of substituted amines from nitroarenes and alcohols”

    Jennifer Rutherford
    , assistant professor of chemistry
  • Jeffrey Bratz ’10 (Springfield, Pa.), biochemistry
    “Monitoring lithium dialkylcuprate conjugate additions with in situ IR spectroscopy”

    Jennifer Rutherford
    , assistant professor of chemistry
  • Rachel Heyler ‘ 11 (Newport Beach, Calif), psychology
    Eric Walton ’11
    (Cromwell, Conn.), biochemistry
    “Evaluating the stability of nano-sized hematite in the presence of dicarboxylic acids”

    Steven Mylon
    , assistant professor of chemistry
  • Chelsea Mandell ’12 (Bloomsburg, Pa.), chemistry
    Shannon Kleinbach ’09
    , B.S. chemistry
    “FerroLANE and FerroTANE ligands: Reactivity and electochemistry of chiral 1,1′-bis(phosphino)ferrocene ligands”

    Chip Nataro
    , associate professor of chemistry
  • Chelsea Mandell ’12 (Bloomsburg, Pa.), chemistry
    Ashley Seibert ’11
    (Monroeville, N.J.), biochemistry
    “Tale of two undergraduates: What an early start can do for you”

    Chip Nataro
    , associate professor of chemistry
  • Maire Newton ’10 (Pittsburgh, Pa.), biochemistry
    “Comparison of the enzymatic and spectroscopic properties of DNA photolyase and Cry-DASH enzymes”

    Yvonne Gindt
    , associate professor of chemistry
  • Kyle Reichl ’10 (Catasauqua, Pa.), chemistry
    “Electrochemistry and reactivity of bis(phosphino)cobaltocinium compounds”

    Chip Nataro
    , associate professor of chemistry
  • Caroline Richardson ’10 (Monmouth Junction, N.J.), biochemistry
    “pH dependent redox measurements of DNA Photolyase”

    Yvonne Gindt
    , associate professor of chemistry
  • Claudia Rinciog ’10 (Galati, Romania), biochemistry
    “Influence of natural organic matter on the stability of Bacteriophage MS2″

    Steven Mylon
    , assistant professor of chemistry
  • Ashley Seibert ’11 (Monroeville, N.J.), biochemistry
    “Electrochemistry and reactivity of ferrocenylphosphines”

    Chip Nataro
    , associate professor of chemistry
  • Kathleen Sokolowsky ’10 (Downingtown, Pa.), mathematics
    “Comparison of the spectrochemical and physiochemical properties of DNA photolyase and cryptochrome-DASH”

    Yvonne Gindt
    , associate professor of chemistry

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