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.
Willam S. Perry
"Determination of Particulate Phase Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons at Piney Point State Park, MD
Mentor: Dr. Randolph K. Larsen III
St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2006-2007
This study looked at the particulate PAH concentration at Piney Point Lighthouse Park. The park is in a rural area of southern Maryland, and is in close proximity to an oil off-loading facility operated by Valero L.P. Samples were collected from September 2006-October 2006 using a high volume air sampler and 0.4?m glass fiber filters. After analysis by GC/MS, 16 priority PAHs were quantified. It was determined that PAH levels at Piney Point were elevated with respect to levels in other rural areas previously studied. Average PAH levels ranged from 50-350 ng m-3, roughly a 1-10x increase from other rural areas. The increase is most likely due to the Valero facility, but levels remain well below any danger level for humans. The highest concentration of PAH were the three largest molecules, dibenz[a,h]anthracene, indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene, and benzo[g,h,i]perylene