Lycoming College chemistry students participate in summer research

Lycoming College chemistry students participate in summer research

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Lycoming College Chemistry Department is hosting five students this year for its summer research program.

For more than 20 years, the department has offered the program, hosting several students each summer for complex projects for six to 10 weeks. The department's entire full-time faculty works alongside the students, making the program a rewarding opportunity for all participants.

Students participating in the program include:

Laura Anderson '13, Williamsport, Pa.

Anderson, alongside Dr. Holly Bendorf, associate professor of chemistry, is developing new methods for the preparation of medium-ring oxygen and sulfur heterocycles using rhodium-catalyzed intramolecular hydroacylation. She has prepared hydroacylation substrates and is screening their reactivity with several catalysts. The oxygen and sulfur heterocycles are of interest due to their potential as pharmaceuticals.

Allyson Marianelli '13, Old Forge, Pa.

Marianelli is working in the lab of Dr. Jeremy Ramsey, assistant professor of chemistry. She is using electrochemical techniques to characterize organic films deposited on the surface of electrical conductors. The work has applications in the fields of computer memory design, chemical sensing and electrochemical catalysis.

Rory McAtee '15, Easton, Pa.

McAtee is preparing iron carbonyl phosphine complexes and measuring their Phosphorus-31 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Infrared spectra under the guidance of Dr. Charles Mahler, assistant professor of chemistry. He is looking for correlations between the measured spectral data and previously determined energies, and other properties, for these complexes. The data should provide a better understanding of similar catalysts.

Dave Sampsell '12, Lock Haven, Pa.

An important reagent in synthetic organic chemistry is the complex formed between samarium diiodide and the activating solvent HMPA. However, HMPA is cancer-causing and efforts to find a suitable replacement are on-going. Dr. Chriss McDonald, professor of chemistry, is researching to develop alternative activators for samarium diiodide which are not mutagenic and develop complexes of greater reactivity than samarium diiodide/HMPA. The complex discovered jointly by Sampsell and McDonald meets both of these goals.

Katie Wellmon '13, Guy Mills, Pa.

Wellmon is researching the nitrogen-directed intramolecular hydroacylation with Bendorf. This new chemistry allows for the rapid and efficient synthesis of benzazepines, compounds that exhibit a broad range of biological activity and are of interest as pharmaceuticals. Katie will continue her research during the upcoming academic year.

Lycoming College is a four-year, residential liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., the College fosters academic vigor, a supportive faculty and successful outcomes. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 educational institution by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1812, Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.

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