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American Chemical Society student chapter poised for another successful year

August 9, 2013

The award-winning American Chemical Society student chapter at Loyola University New Orleans is hosting an introductory meeting Aug. 26 at 4:30 p.m. for students interested in membership. The information session, scheduled for Monroe Hall in room 127, comes on the heels of a successful spring when the American Chemical Society awarded Loyola’s student chapter with an honorable mention and a Green Chemistry Award for its work promoting sustainable chemistry.

Fifteen undergraduates also presented research at the American Chemical Society semiannual conference in April. The conference attracted more than 14,000 chemistry professionals to New Orleans. Loyola students presented research on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Neal Burke ’13 presented “PEG modified Chatt synthesis: Rapid syntheses of new group VI metal carbonyl complexes;”
  • Kristina Martinez ‘13 presented “Studies of the microwave assisted borohydride catalyzed reaction of rhenium pentacarbonyl halides with chelating phosphines;”
  • Megan Rushing ’13 and Ashley Simoneaux ‘13 presented “Direct fluorometric monitoring of flash chromatography;”
  • Zoe Glick ‘13 and senior Farihah Haque presented “Formation and testing of xanthene-based mechanophores;”
  • Senior Lukas Gilevicius presented “Engineering c-type heme in a cyanobacterial hemoglobin;”
  • Justin Romaire ‘13 presented “Formation of asymmetric xanthene derivatives for chiral sensing;”
  • Joshua M. Laviolet ‘13, Carissa A. Marston ‘13 and senior Justine Sundrud presented “Ionic strength and specific ion effects on antimicrobial peptide activity;” and
  • Senior Ha Van T. Nguyen and Peter M. Nguyen ‘13 presented “Visualization of the partition equilibrium of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.”

In addition to serving as co-authors on many of the students’ research papers, Loyola faculty also presented at the prestigious conference, including:

  • Chemistry professor Jai A.P. Shanata, Ph.D., presented “Pulling back the curtain on extractions: Visualizing the partition equilibrium;”
  • Chemistry professors Lynn V. Koplitz, Ph.D., Thomas G. Spence, Ph.D., and William F. Walkenhorst, Ph.D., presented “Implementing renewable energy workshop activities at Loyola University New Orleans;” and
  • Chemistry professor Clifton Stephenson, Ph.D., presented “Rhodamine-based molecular probes: Understanding structural influences on sensing potential.”

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