Research in Chemistry

All our majors are research active. Our students usually choose to do research, but it is required for all of our Bachelor of Science majors. We as a Department seek to provide a meaningful research experience for all our majors. Such an experience can be pivotal in the development of a young scientist. It allows students to integrate and apply their formal course work as they solve the problems and meet the challenges that true, original scientific research demands. A comprehensive written report is required at the conclusion of the project further enhancing their scientific and professional communication skills. Students often choose the “thesis option” as a means of documenting their research findings. In addition to written reports, students routinely present their research at local and national scientific meetings.

2017 American Chemical Society meeting
San Francisco, CA
Student Presentations

Josh Jacques
Spatial variations in mercury and selenium concentrations in marine fishes of Rhode Island: Risks and benefits to human health

Charles Flynn and Connor Sweet
Development of a chemosensor device to aid in combatting the trade of fish caught by cyanide fishing

Kate Digan
Dye sensitized solar cells: A push towards lowering cost and improving efficiency

Rebecca Metivier
Improving a method for detecting fish exposed to cyanide via thiocyante ion excretion using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

Mary Yurkevicius
Fatty acid profiles of marine fishes from Rhode Island coastal waters

Theses in Chemistry

Kate L. Digan
New Chromophoric Compounds for Implementation in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

Rebecca Metivier
Exploring methods for detecting the thiocyanate ion excreted by fish exposed to cyanide

Ian Kieffer
Synthesis and evaluation of substituted coumarin derivatives as inhibitors of monoamine oxidase B

Kätchen Lachmayr
Investigation of Nocardioides sp. metabolic, structural, biochemical properties, and its potential role in the sulfur cycle

Aubrey Ayotte
The microwave synthesis of symmetrical and asymmetrical ruthenium complexes

Joseph Favale
Synthesis and characterization of new ruthenium dye complexes for application to dye sensitized solar cells

Jesse Farruggella
Farming wampum: Elucidating the mechanism for pigment deposition in the hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria

Mark O'Brien
Analysis of Sr/Ca ratio in fish otoliths using the technique of neutron activation analysis

Lisseth Silva
Synthesis of C-glycosyl compounds and the study of its interaction with the plasma protein bovine serum albumin

Michelle Gladding
Correlation of dietary astaxanthin to carotenoid egg deposition vary in breeding pairs of Amphiprion ocellaris

Jack Fuller
Synthetic and spectrophotomectric development of EDC detecting fluorescent polymers

Tiffany Muns
NMR Relaxation Studies of Hydrogen Bonding in Simple Amide Compounds