Prof. Ellison and Students Present Nanochemistry Research at ACS National Meeting in D.C.

Ursinus faculty and student research in nanochemistry presented at the 254th ACS National Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

Professor Mark Ellison and his student researchers headed to Washington, D.C. to present at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition. The national meeting was held August 20-24, 2017 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The theme of the meeting was Chemistry’s Impact on the Global Economy. Twenty-nine technical divisions and five committees held programs including over 1,035 half-day oral sessions and 146 poster sessions. More than 9,370 papers and 2,720 posters were presented at the meeting.

Those attending the national meeting and exposition had the opportunity to attend sessions to develop and practice an elevator pitch on their chemical research; build a safety culture across the chemistry enterprise; attend a number of lectures; or attend an all-day symposium showcasing scientists’ innovative research on chemistry’s role in our Earth system and human impacts to the chemistry of our environment. Education-based programs for high school teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and chemical professionals were offered as well as career fair events for job seekers and employers in the chemical industry. Companies showcasing their services, instruments, books and lab equipment were also on-hand at the exposition.

Many of Dr. Mark Ellison’s research students attended the ACS meeting to present their research - Joseph Pantel (Sciences ’21), Nerica Normil (BCMB ’18), Audrey Simpson (BCMB & DANCE ’19), Jordan Carver (BIO ’19), Amy Lee (BIO ’18), Brandon Greyson (NEUR ’19), Abigail Goldstein (BCMB ’19), Christopher Maley (BCMB ’18), Ria Rathi (NEUR ’18), and Jonathan Stoeber (CHEM ’17). These students, mentored by Dr. Ellison and Dr. Tony Lobo of the Biology Department, presented their research posters at the undergraduate research poster sessions in the Division of Chemical Education. Nerica Normil presented research on “Graphene Oxide as a Delivery Agent to Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria” which is research Nerica conducted during the Summer Fellows program along with Amy Lee, Brandon Grayson and FUTURE student Joseph Pantel. Ria Rathi presented research on “Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes as a Delivery Agent to Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria” which is research she conducted along with fellow students Abby Goldstein, Jordan Carver, Audrey Simpson and Christopher Maley. Finally, recent graduate, Jonathan Stoeber, presented his research on “Electric Field Control of Ion Motion through Carbon Nanotube Nanopores” which is research he conducted with fellow graduate Cody Hergenrother.

In the Division of Analytical Chemistry, Professor Mark Ellison presented his paper “Motion of Li+ and Methanol through a 2.25-nm-diameter Single-walled Carbon Nanotube” discussing the research conducted with collaborator Michael Strano, professor of chemical engineering at MIT. Mark also co-presented “Using Walsh’s Rules to Understand Molecular Bonding” at the chemistry educational technical program which offered 20-minute sessions on topics illustrating the use of computational methods to teach chemical principles.

Monday afternoon’s solar eclipse gave many people attending the national meeting and exposition a break in order to catch a glimpse of the eclipse.