Undergraduate research is important for students in the Department of Chemistry at Rhodes College. The hands-on experience not only provides a learning environment other than the classroom, but also provides students opportunities to work directly with faculty and gain skills for future success.
Ten students and seven faculty members of the department recently traveled to the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Indianapolis, IN.
Dr. Kimberly Brien had two students present research—Tyler Martin ’23 on the synthesis of nitrogen-based ligands and Huyen (Scarlett) Nguyen ’24 on the identification and potential properties of compounds in essential oils.
Dr. Will Eckenhoff had three students to present—Emma Dove ’23 on the synthesis of molybdenum and tungsten solvatochromic compounds and Alex Hemphill ’23 and Robbie Musicante ’23 on separate nickel-based hydrogen evolving catalysts.
Dr. Larryn Peterson also had three students to present—Emma Gruss ’24 on the synthesis of catechol derivatives and Gabriella Krisanic ’23 on antibacterial compounds. Gisela Xhafkollari ’23 presented her work on catechol-O-methyl transferase inhibitors, which had been published in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters.
Finally, Chinnu Alli ’24 and Sani Patel ’23 each presented their work conducted with Dr. Roberto de la Salud Bea on solid phase peptide synthesis of biologically active compounds.
The students received funding from the Rhodes Travel Funds to attend the ACS national meeting. “This not only was a really fun event, but it also allowed our students to connect with others and experience that vastness of the opportunities available,” said Eckenhoff.