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Welcome to the Chemistry Department!

Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

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Cadet Jordan prepares with Dr. Bevsek to present his research on the reaction of NO with γ-Fe 2O3 at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim.

The Chemistry Department places an emphasis on undergraduate research in the education of its majors. Two students presented their research results at the April Meeting of the American Chemical Society Meeting in Anaheim and the Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference. Five students spent the summer on campus to work on their research projects with the faculty. The faculty continue to be involved in initiatives to improve student learning and experience the excitement of research culminating in the senior research project. The faculty encourage students to begin research as soon as possible.

Financial support for the research and the travel to present at these meetings has been provided by the Charles Jumper Fund (Chemistry Restricted Fund) through the Citadel Development Foundation, Faculty Research Grants from the Citadel Development Foundation,

Schiller Science Initiative, Jane Allen and Samuel Wideman Student Research Fellowship Fund, the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium, Provost’s Office, and Chemistry Department.

The following students were involved in research:

- L. Ashley Washington (Chemistry ’11) worked with Dr. Holly Bevsek on her senior research project on the "Effect of the purity of carbon nanotubes on its reaction with NOx compounds". She presented the results to the department, at the Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference and at the April Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim. She was awarded second place overall at the 2011 Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference.

- John W. Jordan (Chemistry ’12) investigated the reaction of NO with gamma-Fe2O3 with Dr. Holly Bevsek. He presented the results at the Citadel Undergraduate Research Conference and at the April Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim.

- Two students, John Jordan and Patick Riley (Chemistry ‘12) working with Dr. Ron Hemingway developing a unique method for constructing ultramicro ion selective electrodes that will aid in investigating the eflux and influx of ions thru cell walls. The sensing area for these electrodes is as small as ~3 square micrometers, about the size of medium sized bacteria.

- One student, Joshua Edwards (Chemistry "12) worked with Dr. Michael Dorko to investigate the properties and reactions of high energetic materials (HEMs) used by the civilian and military sectors.

- Two students, Evan Eich (Chemistry ’12) and Frederick Shriner (Chemistry ’13) worked with Dr. Holly Bevsek. They investigated reactions of methane with hydrogen peroxide on simulated Martian soil using a UV light source to determine the importance of reaction on the photoexcited surface.

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Cadet Washington presents her research on the reaction of NO with Single-walled and Multi-walled Nanotubes at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim.

Dr. Holly Bevsek received a grant from the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium to investigate "Reaction of Methane with Hydrogen Peroxide Adsorbed on a Martian Soil Analog". She was the 2010 recipient of the Medbery Research Mentor Award for her commitment to undergraduate research. Dr. Bevsek, Dr. Blanton, Dr. Dorko and Dr. Hemingway Faculty have received grants from the Citadel Development Foundation (CDF) to support their research projects. Dr. Bevsek’s CDF supported research project involves reactions of nitrogen oxides in carbon nanotubes. Dr. Dorko’s research project is a theoretical investigation of beryllium sulfide and magnesium sulfide clusters as possible hydrogen storage materials. Dr. Hemingway is developing ultramicro ion selective electrodes. Dr. Blanton’s research examines chiral catalysts and reagents for use in novel asymmetric syntheses.