Eight senior chemistry students at Wheeling Jesuit University are receiving national attention for their research.
Dr. Michael Baird, associate professor and chair of Wheeling Jesuit's chemistry department, announced that undergraduate research papers from the chemistry students have been accepted for presentation at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. The meeting will take place in New Orleans in March.
"This meeting is a great forum for our students to display and present their research," said Baird. "The undergraduate research that these students have performed and the national exposure they will receive from their presentations will have a positive affect on their graduate school admission and industrial employment opportunities."
The National Meeting of the American Society, known as one of the most prestigious meetings for chemists, attracts more than 20,000 chemists from academia and industry. All of the studies being recognized at the meeting utilized the University's state-of-the-art equipment. Equipment used includes a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR), a gas chromatography/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) and a high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC). The research projects included using the NMR to determine the properties of inorganic compounds that have application in photovoltaic cells; determining the presence of toxic chemicals adsorbed on airborne fine particulate matter and from glue vapors; determining the stability of antibiotics (tetracycline) in water; and developing a method for detecting pesticides in wine.
One student, Emilie Schierloh, will also be reporting on her summer research performed at the University of Cincinnati. The research utilized matrix isolation techniques for product identification.
Students attending the meeting in New Orleans include John Spencer of New Martinsville, W.Va.; Jeremy Richer and Schierloh of Lima, Ohio; Sharol Inglis of Aliquippa, Pa.; Sarah Arrington of Ravenswood, W.Va.; Christine Winschel of Allison Park, Pa.; Kathryn Stankiewicz of Sewell, N.J; and Tracey Mehlman of St. Clairsville, Ohio.