Fourteen Students Present Research at National Conference of American Chemical Society in San Francisco

by Public Relations | May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

Fourteen SVC chemistry students present research at American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco

Fourteen Saint Vincent College students made presentations of their undergraduate research at the 253rd national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical Society April 2 to 6 in San Francisco, California. All are enrolled in the senior chemistry seminar course taught by Dr. Matthew A. Fisher, right, associate professor of chemistry, in the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing. Accompanying the group was Matt Hillwig, left, assistant professor of chemistry. The students and their research topics included, front row, from left, Nicholas Anderson, a senior biochemistry major from Frederick, Maryland, “Binding of small aromatic molecules to phytochemical capped gold nanoparticles;” Darren Carone, a senior chemistry major from New Castle, “Investigation of group 13 bonding properties with bulky N-heterocyclic carbenes following the synthesis and characterization of an imidazolium salt precursor;” Joshua Centore, a junior biochemistry major from Canonsburg, gave a poster presentation titled “Saint Vincent College Chemistry Club,” co-authors for that poster included Breanna Tomiczek, Gerald Ngo (who did not attend the meeting) and Darren Carone; Alec Cicchini, a senior biochemistry major from Belle Vernon, “Effect of oleocanthal extract from extra-virgin olive oil on the aggregation of amyloid-beta proteins;” Kathrine Curtin, a senior chemistry major from Latrobe, “Synthesis and application of copper metal-organic framework for naked eye, colorimetric detection of toxic organic molecules;” Lance Gifford, a senior biochemistry major from Jamison, “Investigation on the organometallic reagents involved in transmetalation of the Michael addition pertaining to artemisinin synthesis;” Jacob Hoover, a  senior biochemistry major from Venetia, “Classifying the mode of inhibition of DNA methyltransferase inhibitors;” Seth Knapic, a senior biochemistry major from Robinson, “Characterization of a terpene synthase from Fischerella muscicola PCC 9339;” Andrew Lipniskis, a senior biochemistry major from North Huntingdon, “Comparative study of heavy metal levels in various eye cosmetic products;” Danielle Seigneur, a senior chemistry major from Allison Park, “Identification of pigments and the level of degradation in the painting Saint Peter; ”Katherine Stupar, a senior biochemistry major from Jeannette, “Synthesis of multi-target ligands for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease;” and Breanna Tomiczek, a senior chemistry major from Carrolltown, “Synthesis of sulfonamides utilizing green, one-pot methods;” Missing from photo are James Angelillo, a senior biochemistry major from Staten Island, New York, “Effect of exogenous testosterone administration on blood DHT levels and prostate hyperplasia in adult male mice;” and Carly Mazzone, a senior chemistry major from Hagerstown, Maryland, ”Investigation of titanium complexes containing 2-iminoimidazoline ligands with sterically hindering side groups;” and Dr. Bettie Davis, assistant professor of chemistry, who also accompanied the group. The Saint Vincent students joined nearly 7,000 students (undergraduates and graduate students) at the conference that totaled nearly 19,000 chemists, academics and other industry professionals. In addition to their poster presentations, the Saint Vincent students had an opportunity to attend technical talks, a career fair, short courses and workshops.

 

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