Science Students, Faculty Present at National Meeting

Ursinus students and faculty from the Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology departments presented research at the 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in late August. Thirteen students presented posters on their research done in collaboration with chemistry faculty, and two professors addressed the meeting.

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Students working with Dr. Mark Ellison presented four posters: “Investigation of tetracycline-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes as a drug-delivery agent,” by Kara DiJoseph and Matt Chorney; “Functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotubes with the antiviral drug acyclovir,” by Chris Goodwin; “Investigation of the use of double-walled carbon nanotubes in organic solar cells,” by Emma Cave and Paige Fronheiser; and “Investigation of the use of single-walled carbon nanotubes to deliver a drug to common yeast” by Katie Greco.

Students working with Dr. Julia Koeppe presented two posters: “Purification and characterization of the lectin-like domain of thrombomodulin and complement component C3,” by Grace Soloff; and “Characterization and interactions of complement component C3 and the lectin-like domain of thrombomodulin,” by Kelechi Iro Kalu.

Students working with Dr. Codrina Popescu presented the poster “Mossbauer studies of the dehaloperoxidase enzyme from Amphitrite ornate,” by Danielle Miller, Jonathon Birabaharan, and Hongli Chen. Dr. Popescu also presented a poster, “Mossbauer studies of model complexes for the H-cluster in [Fe-Fe]-hydrogenases: Electronic structure of mixed-valence complexes containing low-spin Fe(I),” that included work done by student Andrea Casuras.

Connor Kanya, working with Dr. Amanda Reig, presented the poster, “De novo protein models of binuclear non-heme iron enzymes.”

Caitlin Galvin, working with Dr. Eric Williamsen presented the poster “Determination of the thermodynamics of retention of using an octyl HPLC stationary phase under varying mobile phase and temperature conditions.”

Additionally, Dr. Codrina Popescu spoke on “Mossbauer studies of mixed-valence Fe(II)Fe(I) and Fe(I)Fe(I) model complexes illustrating states of the H-cluster in [Fe-Fe]-hydrogenases; and Dr. Mark Ellison spoke on “Engaging undergraduate students with research in nanoscience and its applications to energy and medicine.”