Sage Students to Present at American Chemical Society in March

February 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Russell Sage Chemistry, Biochemistry and Forensic Science Students to Present on Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Research at ACS National Meeting

Two peer-reviewed presentations have recently been accepted into the 239th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), March 21-25, in San Francisco, CA. The theme for the 239th ACS National Meeting is Chemistry for a Sustainable World.

The two presentations will highlight technical contributions by a team of RSC students that includes:

Abigail Feliciano, Biochemistry
Jennifer Lippens, Chemistry and Forensic Science

Meghan (Flynn) Wilborn, Chemistry and Forensic Science

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the research group's work will be represented at the meeting by Abigail Feliciano and Jennifer Lippens.

Abigail Feliciano's presentation is titled "INVEST Incubator for New Ventures in Emerging Sciences and Technologies"

INVEST provides an opportunity for nanoscience education and research coupled with real-world experience with innovation and entrepreneurship. INVEST has quickly become a model of success in a number of key areas.

Nanotechnology based laboratory modules are currently being integrated into the curriculum beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year. Initial assessment results and student feedback will be presented.

Unique opportunities have been generated for student research and internships involving collaboration among faculty, students and incubator staff scientists.

New modules using quantum dot technology are being developed in collaboration with incubator scientists. These modules will serve as a platform for student run micro-enterprise fostering significant interdisciplinary peer interactions and an appreciation for the multidisciplinary nature of nanotechnology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

This project is supported through an NSF-CCLI Phase I grant obtained by Dr. Tom Keane, associate professor of chemistry and the Principal Investigator (PI) for the project with professors Ray Baechler and Frank Vozzo as co-investigators (co-PIs).

Jennifer Lippens' presentation is titled Surface and Catalytic Properties of Titania-Supported Noble Metals: the effect of Strong Metal-Support Interaction (SMSI)

Heterogeneous catalysis has been a widely accepted mode of activation due to the ease of catalyst recovery and recyclability from reaction mixtures.

Previous work focused on the design of palladium (Pd) nanoparticles supported on titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) nanofibers as heterogeneous catalysts for carbon-carbon coupling reactions.

This research seeks to modify Pd-TiO2 catalyst systems by investigating the morphological and electronic interaction of the molecular level frameworks at the metal-support interface.

This research, a direct outgrowth of the original NSF-CCLI funded project, is a collaborative effort involving RSC undergraduate chemistry majors, graduate students and faculty in the department of chemistry at SUNY Binghamton. Dr. Keane, the PI at RSC, has recently submitted an NSF- RUI proposal to expand the funding for this research at RSC. A manuscript that will include all three RSC students as co-authors has been submitted to the prestigious Journal of Physical Chemistry, Langmuir.

The ACS, the largest professional scientific organization in the world, organizes two national meetings and expositions each year. Each one attracts an estimated 11,000 to 13,000 chemists, chemical engineers, academicians, graduate and undergraduate students, and other related professionals. During the meeting, scientists present new multidisciplinary research, hear the latest information on state-of-the-art technologies, and network with colleagues.