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Dr. Mary Scott Railing
Assistant Professor
Email: mrailing@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-2334


Student Results from Undergraduate Research


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A.  WJU's Student Research Symposium (April 9, 2000) 
  1. Oral presentation by Tamara Trouts, "Determination of Ethanol in Gasoline by Gas Chromatography"
  2. Oral presentation by Heather Young, "Determination of MTBE in Gasoline by Gas Chromatography"
  3. Oral presentation by Abby Cochran, "Determination of Effect of Ethanol in Gasoline on Carbon Monoxide Emissions from a Small Lawn Mower"
  4. Oral presentation by Brandon Kowalski, "Preparation of Indium(III) Dithiocarbamates for Use in Solar Cells"

B.  WJU's Student Research Symposium (April 10, 2001)

  1. Oral presentation by Beth Loy, "Analysis of Coolant Solution from the McDonough Building for Metal Contamination Using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
  2. Oral presentation by Tamara Trouts, "Effects of Alcohols in Gasoline for Reducing Pollution from a 4-Cycle Engine"
  3. Oral presentation by Michael Hoops, "In(III) and Ga(III) Dithiocarbamate Complexes for Photovoltaic Applications"
  4. Poster presentation by Emilie Schierloh, "Dithiocarbamates Derived from Amino Acids: Indium, Gallium and Cobalt"  

C.  Mini-ACS Meeting at West Virginia University, April 21, 2001

  1. Poster presentation by Beth Loy, "Analysis of Coolant Solution from Air Conditioning System for Metal Contamination"
  2. Poster presentation by Tamara Trouts, "Effect of Oxygenates in Gasoline for Reducing Pollutants from a 4-Cycled Engine"
  3. Poster presentation by Michael Hoops, "Indium(III) and Gallium(III) Dithiocarbamate Complexes for Photovoltaic Applications"
  4. Poster presentation by Emilie Schierloh, "Dithiocarbamate Derived from Amino Acids: Indium, Gallium, and Cobalt"

D.  National Meeting of American Chemical Society, Orlando, April 9, 2002

  1. Poster presentation by Rachel Friend, "Effect of Oxygenates Added to Gasoline on Reducing Carbon Monoxide Emissions"

E.  WJU's Student Research Symposium (April 11, 2002)

  1. Poster presentation by Rachel Friend, "Effects of Oxygenates Added to Gasoline on Reducing Carbon Monoxide Emissions"
  2. Oral presentation by Emilie Schierloh, "Synthesis of Indium(III) Dithiocarbamate Complexes From Monosubstituted Amines for Photovoltaic Applications"
  3. Oral presentation by John Fleming, "Analysis for Soil Adjacent to Railroad Lines by GC/MS"
  4. Oral presentation by Ronnie McCree, "Analysis of Hydrocarbons Adsorbed on Airborne Fine Particulate Matter"
  5. Oral presentation by Michael Hoops, "Using Metal Sulfides, Through the Decomposition of Tris(dibenzyldithiocarbamato)indium(III), to Improve the Effiency of Photovoltaic Cells"  Mike's presentation was awarded the $2,500 1st prize for best research project.

F.  Thesis Defense, Department of Chemistry, WJU, April 2001.

  1. Oral presentation by Michael Hoops, "Using Metal Sulfides, Through the Decomposition of Tris(dibenzyldithiocarbamato)indium(III), to Improve the Effiency of Photovoltaic Cells"

G.  National Meeting of American Chemical Society, New Orleans, March 2003

(Pictures of students in New Orleans)

  1. Tracey Mehlman, "Proton NMR of Paramagnetic NI(II) Complexes"
  2. Kathryn Stankiewicz, "Dithiocarbamate Ligand Exchange Between Indium(III) and Iron(III) in Solution"
  3. Christine Winschel, "Anomalous Proton NMR of Nickel(II) Dithiocarbamate Complexes in Solution"
  4. Sarah Arrington, "Analysis of Wines for Pesticides Using HPLC"
  5. Sharol Inglis, "Effect of Temperature, pH, and UV Radiation on Stability of Tetracycline - A Potential Antibiotic Pollutant in the Local Weather System"
  6. Jeremy Richer, "Identification of Toxic Chemicals in Glue Vapors Using GC/MS"
  7. John Spencer, "Determination of Ozone Precursors on Airborne Fine Particulate Matter Using GC/MS"

H.  WJU's Student Research Symposium (April 15, 2003)

  1. Poster presentation by Sarah Arrington entitled "Analysis of Wine for Pesticides Using HPLC"
  2. Poster presentation by Jeremy Richer entitled "Identification of Toxic Chemicals in Glue Vapors Using GC/MS"
  3. Oral presentation by Emilie Schierloh entitled "The Synthesis of Various Metal Dithiocarbamate Complexes from Monosubstituted Amines for Photovoltaic Applications"
  4. Oral presentation by John Spencer, "Determination of the Presence of Ozone Precursors Adsorbed on Airborne Fine Particulate Matter"

I.  Thesis Defense, Department of Chemistry, WJU (April 2003)

  1. Oral presentation by Emilie Schierloh entitled "The Synthesis of Various Metal Dithiocarbamate Complexes from Monosubstituted Amines for Photovoltaic Applications"
  2. Oral presentation by John Spencer entitled "Determination of the Presence of Ozone Precursors Adsorbed on Airborne Fine Particulate Matter"

J.  Publications (in print, in review, being drafted)

  1. Abigail Cochran, Rachel Friend, Tamara Trouts, Heather Young, Michael Baird, "The Effect of Oxygenates in Gasoline on Carbon Monoxide Emissions From a Four-Cycle Engine" Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, Vol. 2, 2002, p. 59.
  2. John Spencer and Michael Baird, "Determination of Adsorbed Hydrocarbons on Airborne Fine Particulate Matter Using GC/MS" Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, Vol. 2, 2003, 55.
  3. Jeremy Richer, John Spencer and Michael Baird, "Identification of Toxic Chemicals in Glue Vapors Using GC/MS in Both Electron Impact and Chemical Ionization Modes of Operation," to be submitted to the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research.


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