Elon students excel at chemistry conference

Students presented their research at the annual Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) in Augusta, Georgia.

Elon students and faculty recently presented their research at SERMACS the preeminent regional meeting in the southeast bringing together chemists from across the country.

Held Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 in Augusta, Georgia, the 70th-anniversary theme of the meeting was “Securing Tomorrow Through Innovation Today,” which was exemplified in the research of Elon undergraduates. The following students were selected to present their peer-reviewed work:

Erin Armstrong (junior, biochemistry major, Dabrowski lab)

“Investigating the effects of stereochemistry on the cyclization of sorbitol and allitol sugars and non-sugar model 1,4-pentanediol by B(CF) and allylsilane co-catalysis”

Jacob Boyar (junior Elon College Fellow, biochemistry major, Rizzuto lab)

“Spectroscopic determination of kinetic and thermodynamic properties of the aqueous carbonate system”

Sarah Brown (junior, biochemistry major, Matera lab)

“Aggregation Patterns of Amyloid-beta and Insulin Peptides”

Nicholas Cale (junior, chemistry major, Dabrowski lab)

“Investigation of the B(CF)-allylsilane catalyzed cyclization of talitol, arabitol and 1,4-butanediol”

Elizabeth Chapman (junior Honors fellow, biochemistry major, Matera lab)

“Stabilization of Aβ oligomers using serotonin, indole, and catechol and their effects on DNA”

Joel Harvey (senior, biochemistry major, Karty lab)

“Why does formic acid have a lower pKa than methanol in aqueous solution? Contributions by resonance and inductive effect”

Tucker Schweickart (senior Elon College Fellow, biochemistry major, Dabrowski lab)

“Development of Pharmaceutical Precursors From Six-carbon Sugars”

Research presentations weren’t the only thing students took part in.

Additional experiences included a graduate school/career fair, a chemistry demonstration competition, seminars by preeminent researchers and local cuisine. Moreover, after becoming educated on the American Chemical Society’s efforts, each signed the Green Chemistry Pledge as a promise to use their knowledge of chemistry to make the world a better place.