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.
"Pyridinium Substitution of Electron Acceptors: Photoinduced Energy Harvesting"
Chris worked on two parallel projects 1) the stepwise Suzuki coupling reaction of chloropyridiniumanthraquinones with 1,4-benzenediboronic acid, and 2) the preparation of ?-perpyridiniumporphyrins as catalysts in hydrogen gas evolution. The first part of this project was designed to demonstrate that the cross-coupling reaction is an efficient means to incorporate an electron-deficient anthraquinone ring into a wide range of molecular systems. These rings are of interest due to their ability to accept electrons at a potential close to 1,4-benzoquinone, Mother Nature's ubiquitous electron acceptor. The second part of his project dealt with the preparation of water-soluble electron-deficient porphyrins as catalysts in solar energy harvesting.