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Chemistry research at Lycoming College benefits from grant for specialized equipment

Lycoming College’s Chemistry Department will benefit from a 2016 Memorial National College Grant of $10,000 from the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy. The grant is sponsored by the conference, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

The grant will go toward the purchase of a new probe for a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR). NMR spectroscopy is the most important technique that scientists use to determine the structure of organic (carbon-containing) molecules.

“We are grateful that the sponsors chose our project for one of their grants to help us offset the significant cost of this specialized component of the NMR instrument,” said Chriss McDonald, Ph.D., Lowry Chair of chemistry. “The probe will enable us to continue to provide our students with challenging laboratory-based problems to solve.”

The new probe, which is where the sample containing the molecule to be analyzed is placed, uses advanced technology that will provide improved results.

The college plans to replace all of its NMR equipment this year to enhance student research opportunities. The purchase of new NMR equipment is another example of the college’s ongoing commitment to STEM education. Chemistry faculty members are active in research and for years, the college has offered students a summer research program that frequently results in published papers.

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