Mentor: Karl Sienerth
Project title: Development of a new method for measuring explosives at crime scenes
This semester in lab I have come up with a new way to determine the concentration of explosives using a different technique called standard addition. We played with some of our existing data and found that this technique was able to determine the concentration of TNT with only a 4% deviation from the actual concentration. I came up with the idea after taking two analytical classes that use this technique with different instruments and I figured there’s no reason why this shouldn’t work for me too because my plot is directly proportional to concentration and reproducible slopes are not needed. With this inkling towards a successful reproducible technique, Dr. Sienerth and I are confident that we will be able to publish our findings this summer. I will be working with him while I’m away at an REU to get the word about my research.
I also attended a national conference and a local poster session this semester. In doing so, I have made many networking connections that may help me in the future with job searching or advice.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
Spence Pavilion 111
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-5703
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