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Senior Projects on “Chemistry of Materials”

Posted on Jun 5 by

Materials have such a tangible place in our society, it’s hard to ignore the chemistry that goes into their synthesis, production, and use at a molecular level. Our senior chemistry majors spent their final semester learning about the Chemistry of Materials and presented an impressive array of topics to our department and to the Emmanuel College community. These presentations took place during a poster session allowing anyone to take a leisurely stroll by or to stop for an in-depth discussion. Attendees came to find out what penguins, Kevlar, squid, fireworks, contact lenses, and graphene have in common! The poster session was a wonderful success and we are all proud of their hard work. The range of projects was impressive – check out the project titles below. Functionalizing Cellulose Acetate Nanofibers for Increased Electronic Productivity and Safety for Medical Devices Oral Peptide Drug Delivery Assisted by Nanoparticle Carriers Detection of Nitroaromatic Compounds through use of Fluorescent Metal Organic Frameworks 3D Printing of Cellulosic Materials for Biomedical Applications Improving the Tensile Strength, Environmental Sensitivities, and Energy Absorptivity of Kevlar for Use...


Chemistry Major Day Celebration!

Posted on Jun 5 by

On March 23rd, current and new chemistry majors and minors took part in a “Chemistry Major Day Celebration.” The celebration featured a talk from alumnus Mike Lynch ’13 who talked about the research he is conducting while completing his PhD in the Department of Chemistry at Cornell University. Mike investigates the cross-linking reaction that takes place in the Treponema denticola hook protein FlgE. It was really amazing to be able to have the professors, current chemistry majors and minors, and alumni all in one room. Specifically, it was great to hear about some of the many ways chemistry can prepare you for your future career. For Mike Lynch ’13, it has involved graduate level work and a future PhD. For fellow alum Christian Kelly ’17, his degree has led to work as a Legislative Aid in the MA State Senate. For Sunaro Ngourn ’12, his degree has led to a Research Engineer position at Lockheed Martin working on energy technology and a MS program in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University. All three have taken very different routes but it...


Upcoming Distinction in the Field Presentations

Posted on Apr 19 by

The Department of Chemistry and Physics warmly invites all to join us for Distinction in the Field Presentations Thursday, April 26th – WSC 409 1:00-1:50 pm – Krista Meserve – “Understanding the role of DNA as a template in calcium phosphate mineralization” 2:00-2:50 pm – Jason Miech – “Analysis of mineralization using microfluidics integrated with a Quartz Crystal Microbalance” 3:00-3:50 pm – Sadie Piatt – “Development and application of single-molecule TIRFM to the study of facilitated diffusion by type II restriction enzyme EcoRI” These presentations are open to the public. Any interested student or returning alum is welcome to...


Please welcome Assistant Professor Michelle Watt!

Posted on Apr 13 by

The Department of Chemistry and Physics is extremely excited to announce the addition of a new faculty member to our community. Dr. Michelle Watt will be joining our department in Fall 2018 as an Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry. Dr. Watt earned her Ph.D in Chemistry at the University of Oregon and has been teaching at Western State Colorado University for several years. We are excited for the knowledge and expertise that she will bring in organic and biochemistry. Dr. Watt’s research on campus will focus on organic synthesis, molecules that exhibit non-covalent interactions, and alternative monomers that could replace dangerous BPA-type plastics. Please welcome Dr. Watt to campus and to our department this fall...


Sophomore Pinning Tradition

Posted on Apr 9 by

This semester, the entire Department of Chemistry and Physics joyfully welcomed new sophomores into majors in Chemistry, Chemistry with Forensics Concentration, and Chemistry with Biochemistry Concentration. The tradition of Sophomore Pinning continued on April 7th and Dr. Gerdon, the sophomore class advisor, was on hand to congratulate each major and present them with their pin. The Chemistry Club provided snacks after the ceremony and a few were able to navigate through the masses of sophomores and their families for a small group...


Students Travel to ACS National Meeting in New Orleans

Posted on Apr 9 by

In March, seven members of the Emmanuel College Department of Chemistry and Physics had the opportunity to attend the 255th American Chemical Society National Meeting in New Orleans. Members of Dr. Gerdon’s research group including seniors, Krista Meserve, Jason Miech, and Robert Tzepos, all had the opportunity to present their own posters on the research they have been working on since they were sophomores. Similarly, members of Dr. Sears’ research group including seniors, Francis Delano and Kellie Roche were able to present a joint poster on the research they have been working on since they were freshmen. All of the seniors have read the Physical Chemistry textbook written by Dr. Peter Atkins and had the opportunity to meet him and take a picture with him at the conference! After asking Kellie Roche what her favorite part of the conference was she said, “I really enjoyed being able to attend the different talks at the conference. A lot of the talks were in subjects we don’t always get  to talk about at Emmanuel like environmental chemistry or agriculture chemistry. It...