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Mount Saint Vincent Undergraduates Present Research at Chemistry Conference


Riverdale, N.Y. – Four Mount Saint Vincent students recently presented their research at the 65th Annual American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS), hosted by Fordham University.

Sponsored by the American Chemical Society’s New York section, the symposium provided an opportunity for undergraduate chemistry students in the New York metropolitan area to present the results of their research. The program included a keynote address by Jin Kim Montclare, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, titled “Intelligent Self-Assembling Biomaterials.”

With the support of his mentor, Daniel Amarante, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Peter Nunez ’17 presented research titled “Synthesis and Characterization of Rhodium(III) Complexes using Polypyridyl Ligands.”

Along with Pamela Kerrigan, Director for the Division of Natural Sciences and Associate Professor of Chemistry, Shadi Khayyo ’17, Jameel Batarseh ’17, and Jose Mendoza ’19, presented their research titled “The Encapsulation of Tetra Tolyl Porphyrin Molecules into Membranous Vesicles.”

“The URS presentations were organized in a way that allowed us to have intimate discussions about our research,” Mr. Khayyo said. “The experience provided us with an excellent platform to share our work and receive constructive feedback.”

This is the third consecutive year Mount students have presented at the Symposium. “Each time, our students received key exposure to research in the multiple areas of chemistry,” Dr. Amarante said. “This exposure helped our students develop exciting ideas for future research. The knowledge and experience our students gain from these conferences are beyond words.”

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