Students are encouraged to talk to faculty about possible research opportunities. In the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, faculty have a wide variety of research interests including exploring new organic reactions, discovering means to generate bio-fuels, developing new sensor systems, studying computational models of chemical reactions and investigating nanotechnology. Students work closely with faculty in small research teams and are involved to presenting research projects at scientific meetings both on and off campus; many students become authors on research publications. Students participate in projects over the summer, during winter intersession and during the academic year in Independent Study courses.
Recent research projects in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering are listed below.
Undergraduate research projects:
- Synthesis of Cadiolides and Cadiolide Analogs
- Synthesis of Dyes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells
- Synthesis of 1-AZA-Bicyclic Compounds
- Ozonolysis-Type Cleavage of Alkenes by Anodic Oxidation
- Formation of Carbon-Carbon Bonds by Anodic Oxidation in the Presence of Carbon Nucleophiles,
- Biodiesel from Acorns
- Green Chemistry: Developing Cleaner Reactions
Interdisciplinary faculty research project:
- Computation of Absolute Redox Potentials of Organic Compounds by DFT Methods
The state-of-the-art equipment we use:
- NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) spectrometer
- Phillips XRG 3100/PW1710 Diffractometer
- uTA Microthermal Analyzer
- Ocean Optics UV-Vis and fluorescence spectrometers
- Facilities for vacuum techniques, compressed gas handling, and cryogenics with temperature, pressure, and flow transducers interfaced to PCs
- Verneir Labquest data collection devices for the study of gas properties.