Students participate in chemists' convention

Students participate in chemists' convention

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Five Lycoming College students participated in the 74th annual Intercollegiate Student Chemists' Convention at the University of Delaware on April 24. Brittany Bryan, Julie Butler, Kyle Ruhl, David Sampsell and Casey Walls each gave a talk on research that she/he conducted as part of the chemistry research methods course or as a summer researcher in the Department of Chemistry. The students were joined by Dr. Holly Bendorf, associate professor of chemistry, Dr. Charles Mahler, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Chriss McDonald, professor of chemistry.

Bryan, a senior from Petersburg, N.J., presented "Synthesis and NMR Studies of Organometallic Ruthenium Phosphine Complexes."

Butler, a senior from Old Forge, Pa., presented "Determining the Standard Potential of Samarium Diiodide with Tripyrrolidine Phosphine Oxide via Cyclic Voltammetry."

Ruhl, a junior from Mill Hall, Pa., presented "Synthesis of Medium-Ring Nitrogen Heterocycles via Intramolecular Hydoacylation: Effects of Solvent and Chain Length."

Sampsell, a sophomore from Lock Haven, Pa., presented "Samarium Diiodide/Tripyrrolidine Phosphine Oxide Complex: Kinetic and Synthetic Studies."

Walls, a senior from Covington, Pa., presented "Synthesis and NMR Studies of Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl Ruthenium Phosphine Complexes."

The convention provides an opportunity for undergraduates to present chemical research findings in the areas of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.