Getting Hands-On Experience


St. Mary's chemistry and biochemistry majors were busy this summer participating in research and medical internships on campus and around the country.  Ashton Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of functionalized pyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.

Awards Aplenty in New Orleans

A generous contribution from the John J. Leidy Foundation allowed eight St. Mary's students to attend the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans where they presented posters describing their research.  Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest where students were judged on their ability to explain their research. St. Mary's was well represented, as Josh and Greg Triegger ('13) were both awarded for their posters.

"Synthesis and Characterization of Benzyltributylammonium Fluoride and "DiMagno's Resin": Novel Fluorinating Reagents"

J. Aaron Crapster
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Koch
St. Mary's College of Maryland

Aaron worked on the synthesis and reactivity of a novel anhydrous fluorinating reagent, benzyltributylammonium fluoride. He demonstrated the salt's stability and practical use before synthesizing a polymeric equivalent we refer to as "DiMagno's Resin", after our collaborator Stephen DiMagno at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Aaron also showed that both of these reagents have the potential to be an extremely practical source of nucleophilic fluoride under anhydrous conditions. This has far-reaching applications for the pharmaceutical industry where organofluorides are often used to influence solubility and electronic properties without changing the size and shape of a potential drug.