Chemistry Students Present at Research Symposium

June 6, 2017

Ten St. John Fisher College chemistry students presented their undergraduate research at the 62nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Held at Nazareth College in April, the students shared their research either in a poster session or oral presentation.

Ten St. John Fisher College chemistry students presented their undergraduate research at the 62nd Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The following students presented their research:

  • Robert Potenzino: “Two-step synthesis of flavonoids using task-specific ionic liquids”
  • Minh Nguyen: “Correlation between the change in dipole moment and photosensitivity of ciprofloxacin: A better molecular predictor of photosensitivity in pharmaceutical drugs”
  • Andrew Cohen: “Reactions of enolized carboxylic acids with electrophiles on metal oxide surface”
  • Andrew Costley: “Drugs and light: Predicting the photosensitivity of tolbutamide and sulfisoxazole using the change in dipole moment by Stokes shift analysis”
  • Olivia Fraser: “Kinetic scheme of the decarboxylative cross¬ketonization of carboxylic acids with zirconia catalyst”
  • Christine Burton: “Synthesis and Characterization of Silylated Prodrugs”
  • Kelly McLaen: “Unraveling the Physical Properties Responsible for Photosensitivity in Thorazine”
  • Kathryn Raut: “Study of L-Phenylalanine -Based Ionic Liquids as Potential Stationary Phases for Gas Chromatography”
  • Chau To: “Analysis of the Encapsulation of Ibuprofen and Sodium Ibuprofen Using Beeswax Microspheres”
Benjamin Reinhardt received the ACS Undergraduate Achievement Award.

At the symposium, Benjamin Reinhardt, who completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration and minor in English this May, received the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Achievement Award.

Faculty members Dr. Andrea Bills, Dr. Renuka Manchanayakage, and Dr. Kermin J. Martínez-Hernández attended the event in support of their students.