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. Ashon Engdahl (above) spent her summer developing a green synthesis of calixpyrroles on campus with a paid research internship through our campus SMURF program.
Awards Aplenty in New Orleans
Josh Olexa ('13) explains his poster to a judge, and former American Chemical Society president, in the Speak Simply Contest at the 245th National ACS Meeting in New Orleans. Josh was just one of two St. Mary's College of Maryland winners as Greg Triegger ('13) was also awarded for his presentation.
"Synthesis and Characterization of Benzyltributylammonium Fluoride and "DiMagno's Resin": Novel Fluorinating Reagents"
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.