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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Don’t Go Chasing Water: Investigating the Role of Water on the Binding Strength of Dibenzo-24-Crown-8 and Dibenzylammonium Hexafluorophosphate, Samantha Adusumilli
Department: Chemistry

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Analysis of Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs) by Chromatography in Precipitation Samples Collected in Northeast Ohio, Brittany M. Bowman
Department: Chemistry

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Investigation of π-Stacking in Swellable Organically Modified Silica using Novel Synthesis Strategies, Duncan Crow
Department: Chemistry

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I Am Dye-ing Here: A Kinetic and Structural Study of Carminic Acid and Its Photodegradation, Elliott D. Detrich
Department: Chemistry

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Adapting the Photocyclization Isomerization of 2-Acetylbenzaldehyde into 3-Methylphthalide to a Continuous Flow System, Colin Ford
Department: Chemistry

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Elucidating the Impact of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Hawaii: An Interdisciplinary Study Involving Chemical Detection and Aquatic Toxicology, Christopher Good
Department: Chemistry

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Analysis of Photo-Physicochemical Properties and Stabilities of Alizarin and Purpurin, Yukun Jin
Department: Chemistry

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Modeling of a Passive Sampler Based on Swellable Organically-Modified Silica, Gabriela F. Jocas
Department: Chemistry

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The Method Development and Qualitative Characterization of Organosulfates in Rainwater by LC-MS, Zachary Lyon
Department: Chemistry

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All Aboard! The Identification of Inhibitor Candidates for the Bacterial Enzyme MurG via Molecular Docking Simulations, Ian D'Arcy Mundy
Department: Chemistry

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Degrading Diesel Fuel and WD-40®: Method Development for Characterizing Oxidation of Thin Layer Alkanes, Cody Park
Department: Chemistry

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Please, Be My Guest! Quantifying Association Constants Between Cationic Guest Species and Tetrapropoxycalix[4]arene as a Model for Calix[4]arene-Capped Azobenzene, Leah J. Scharlott
Department: Chemistry

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Go with the Flow: The Synthesis of Benzo-15-crown-5 Through the Application of Flow Chemistry, Juliette A. Shea
Department: Chemistry

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Development of Cationic Polymer-Organosilica Porous Materials for the Adsorption of Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonates and Carboxylates from Water, Eva K. Stebel
Department: Chemistry

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Investigation of the Aqueous Photodegradation of Ortho-Substituted Aminobenzoic Acid Derivatives Under UVC Light, Rose D. Taylor
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

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Evaluating Bases for the Synthesis of Dibenzo-24-Crown-8 Ether with a Methyl Viologen Template, David Thomas
Department: Chemistry

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Enhancing Petroleum Production: Investigation of Oil/Water Separation Method for Chemical Injection Enhanced Oil Recovery Technology Using Swellable Organically Modified Silica, Hyuga Uchida
Department: Chemistry

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Investigating Reaction Conditions for the Esterification of Benzoic Acid Using Swellable Organically Modified Silica and Observed Spectrographic Shifts of Encapsulated Carbonyls, Charles Milbergs VanDenburgh
Department: Chemistry

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Production and Quantification of Brown Carbon from Multiphase Reactions of Methylglyoxal with Gas-Phase Methylamine, Erika Arlene Womack
Department: Chemistry

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Toward Inhibitors of MurG: Identifying Fragments That Could Bind to MurG as a Starting Point for Inhibitors of Bacterial Cell Wall Biosynthesis, Rada Zunich
Department: Chemistry

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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Probing the Activity of [(n6-p-cymene)RuCl2(P(R)3)] Complexes for the Metal-Catalyzed Oxidative Coupling of Alcohols and Amines, Brady Bunnell
Department: Chemistry

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Investigation of Carminic Acid Photodegradation: Separation, Analysis, and Characterization of Photoproducts, Margaret F. Heller
Department: Chemistry

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Chasing the Light: Determining a Consistent Method of Device Fabrication for Single-Layered Organic Light Emitting Diodes, Austinjit S. Khara
Department: Chemistry

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Evaluation of Organosilica Sorbent Media as an Adsorbent for the Removal of Perfluoroalkyl Substances from Contaminated Groundwater, Michaela Lawrence
Department: Chemistry

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Elucidating the Mechanism of 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3-Monooxygenase, an Enzyme Involved in the Aerobic Degradation of Nicotinate, Kent Nakamoto
Department: Chemistry

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Evaluation of Fluorinated Swellable Organically-Modified Silica for the Adsorption of Perfluoroalkyl Substances, Huan Khoa Nguyen
Department: Chemistry

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Investigating the Indirect Photolysis of Warfarin and Nitrates via Hydroxyl Radical Photochemistry, Matthew J. Pech
Department: Chemistry

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The Making of a Modern Fragrance: Extending Fragrance Release From Swellable Organosilica Using Nonvolatile Co-Absorbates, Evon Petek
Department: Chemistry

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An Investigation into the Lambert-Beer Law in Incoherent Broad-Band Cavity-Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy, Zane R. Thornburg
Department: Chemistry; Physics

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Development of a Modified 2-Picolyl Appended Triazolylidene-Ruthenium Complex for Examination of Hydrogen Bonding Effects in the Secondary Coordination Sphere for Direct Amidation Catalysis, Clark Wang
Department: Chemistry

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Raindrops, Benchtops: Method Development for the Detection of Metolachlor in Precipitation, Arielle Welch
Department: Chemistry

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Watching Paint Dry: The Solvation and Separation of Paints Containing Carmine Lake Pigment, Samantha Wigley
Department: Chemistry

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Methods Development for the Characterization of Carbonyl Compounds in Rainwater and the Evaluation of Their Multiphase Reactions to Form Brown Carbon, Kevin A. Wokosin
Department: Chemistry

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Progress Towards the Diastereoselective Synthesis of a Single Diastereomer Dipeptide Analog in the Ugi Reaction via the Use of Chiral N-acylhydrazone Auxiliaries, Xingrong Zhu
Department: Chemistry

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Development of Mesoionic Carbene Ligands Containing Hydrogen-Bonding Functionalities for the Metal-Catalyzed Oxidative Coupling of Amines and Alcohols, Diego E. Arellano
Department: Chemistry

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Improving p-XRF Capabilities for In Situ Geochemical Analysis: A Case Study of Arkansas's Magnet Cove and Stanley Shale, Elizabeth Backman
Department: Chemistry; Geology

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Increasing Diversity in Chemistry and Environmental Education: Making Outdoor, Experiential Education more Accessible to High School Chemistry Teachers, Molly Dysis Billings
Department: Chemistry

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The Effect of pH on the Direct Photolysis of Warfarin in Aqueous Solution, Bailey B. Bowers
Department: Chemistry

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Effects of Metal Salts and Anoxia on the Photodegradation of Red Food Dyes, Catherine Boyles
Department: Chemistry

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Got Light? : A Study of the Physical Properties of Single-Layer Organic Light-Emitting Diode Devices Using a Poly(p-phenylene vinylene) Derivative, Harley Brandstadter
Department: Chemistry

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Synthetic Progress Towards Regioselective Disulfide Bond Formation via Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition, Zachary T. Buchan
Department: Chemistry

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The Evaluation of Organosilica Sorbent Media for the Removal of Perfluoroalkyl Compounds from Drinking Water, Rachel M. Collins
Department: Chemistry

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Progress Towards the Diastereoselective Synthesis of Dipeptide Analogs via the Use of Chiral N-acylhydrazone Auxiliaries in the Ugi Reaction, Anna V. Davies
Department: Chemistry

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Exploration of Palladium Catalyzed Cross-Coupling for the Synthesis of an Electroluminescent Polymer Model Compound, Leandra Forte
Department: Chemistry

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Elucidating the Mechanism of the Oxidative Decarboxylation of 6-Hydroxynicotinate by 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3-Monooxygenase (NicC) Through Kinetic Analysis, Jack H. Harrington
Department: Chemistry

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A Brief Survey of the Metallic Properties of Electric Guitar Strings and Their Effects on Sound, Stephen Hause
Department: Chemistry

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Investigation of Esterification Reactions in Swellable Organically Modified Silica Towards the Synthesis of Polyethylene Terephthalate, Kirstin M. Holm
Department: Chemistry

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A Versatile Esterification Methodology Using Swellable Organically Modified Silica (SOMS) as Nano-Ractors, Hannah K. Huston
Department: Chemistry

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Chemical Education Research Project: Helping Elementary School Teachers Inspire Their Students to Continue Learning Chemistry, Gretchen Kallmeyer
Department: Chemistry

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The Need for a New Style of Assessment in Introductory Chemistry Courses, Christopher LeCompte
Department: Chemistry

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Investigation of the Heck Reaction for the Synthesis of a Model Light-Emitting Copolymer, Angelo J. Melari
Department: Chemistry

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Substrate Specificity of Horseradish Peroxidase for the Oxidation of Pharmaceutical Compounds, Lance Metsger
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry

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Investigation of Antidepressant Load Reduction Following Tertiary Wastewater Disinfection Treatment, Rachel A. Mole
Department: Chemistry

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Incoherent Broadband Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy: Improving Sensitivity while Studying Solvent Effects in Benzene, Ryan W. Ostendorf
Department: Chemistry

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The Efficacy of Osorb® as a Catalyst Replacement for Friedel-Crafts Acylation, Alex Pearson
Department: Chemistry

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The Effect of Matrix Composition on the Photodegradation of Acetaminophen, Jake W. Polster
Department: Chemistry

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Development of Ruthenium (II)-Mesoionic Carbene Complexes for Investigation of Secondary Coordination Sphere Interactions in Homogeneous Catalysis, Lindsay L. Robinson
Department: Chemistry

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Investigating the Impact of Substituent Positioning on the Photochemistry of meta and ortho Aminobenzoic Acid Derivatives, Haley A. Rossiter
Department: Chemistry

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Differentiation of Anthraquinone-based Dyes and Pigments using Fluorescence, Madeline Rui Thomas
Department: Chemistry

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Desorption of Menthol from Swellable Organically Modified Silica: A Potential for Extended Transdermal Delivery Application, Todd P. Ulmer
Department: Chemistry

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The Fate of Pharmaceuticals: The Effects of Humic Acid on Amoxicillin's Rate of Photodegradation, Michael R. Whitaker
Department: Chemistry

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Evaluation of Organosilica Sebum Control Ingredients, Yaoyin Xu
Department: Chemistry

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Solvent Effects on the Quantum Efficiencies and UV-induced Photodegradation of PABA and Padimate-O, Preetom Borah
Department: Chemistry; Music

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Evaluation of Organosilica-Iron Composites as A Soil Amendment to Protect Against Pesticide Drift, Taylor M. Bowen
Department: Chemistry

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Cochineal: Connecting Chemistry and Religious Studies through the World of Art, Amanda Carmichael
Department: Chemistry; Religious Studies

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Biomimetic Adsorbents for the Removal of Microcystins from Water, Kimberly Anne Carter
Department: Chemistry

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License and Registration Please: The Development of an In-Field THC Detection Test Using a Hybrid-Bio-Inorganic Stationary Phase, Catherine Christian
Department: Chemistry

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An Investigation of Effective Methods to Form and Hydrolyze H-Phosphonate Diester Bonds for a Nucleophilic Acyl Substitution Reaction, Albert J. Darling
Department: Chemistry

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Stimulating Encapsulated Fragrance Release by Malodor Absorption, Andrea Michelle DeMarsh
Department: Chemistry

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Got milk? An In-Depth Analysis of Community Water Fluoridation and a Chemical Investigation of Fluoridated Milk as an Alternative to Fluoridated Water, Shikha Dharia
Department: Biology; Chemistry; Interdepartmental

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Impact of medium, ambient environment, and surface on the UV-induced degradation of carmine lake, Erin Drake
Department: Chemistry

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Evaluation of Polysilsesquioxane Materials as a Solid-State Electrolyte Matrix in Lithium-Ion Batteries, Jackson M. Fielder
Department: Chemistry

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The Elucidation of a Mechanism for Malonic Acid Photooxidation in Aqueous Solution, Nathan J. Gimble
Department: Chemistry

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Progress Towards a Total Synthesis of Grandilodine C, Trevor Horst
Department: Chemistry

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Examination of Introductory Chemistry Education via Correlational Analysis of Student Performance and Psychological/Demographical Factors, Joshua K. Houtz
Department: Chemistry

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Development and Testing of the Sentinel Passive Samplers Designed for Integrative and Rapid Adsorption of Environmental Water Contaminants, Ellen A. Hudson-Heck
Department: Chemistry

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Attempted Synthesis of 2,3,6-Trihydroxypyridine and Characterization of the Putative Ring-Cleavage Enzyme in Bacillus niacini Nicotinate Catabolism, Nicholas P. Lesner
Department: Chemistry

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Photodegradation of p-aminobenzoic acid in different ambient and pH environments and stabilization by antioxidants, Briana E. Marlatt
Department: Chemistry

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Investigation of the Functionality of the Nicotinic Acid Degradation Pathway of Bordetella pertussis as a Potential Treatment for Whooping Cough, Dylan L. McCreary
Department: Chemistry

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Transdermal Drug Delivery Using Organosilica Encapsulants, Elizabeth McInturf
Department: Chemistry

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Mechanistic Investigation of the Ugi Reaction and Evaluation of Diastereomeric Control via Chiral Isocyanides, Peter J. Rohweder
Department: Chemistry

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The Effect of Solvent and Acceptor on Hydrogen Bonds Between Benzyl Alcohol - Aromatic Systems, Michael H. Schlueter
Department: Chemistry

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Synthesis of a potential phosphatidylserine Analog: cis-1,4-Cyclohexyldiphosphoserine, Traci A. Scott
Department: Chemistry

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Enhancing the Bioavailibility of the Dietary Supplement Curcumin through Nanodispersions, Kevin B. Smith Jr
Department: Chemistry

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Synthesis of a Potential Phospholipid Analog: trans-1,4-cyclohexane-diphosphoserine, Abby Szlachta
Department: Chemistry

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Theory and Synthesis of Heterobimetallic Catalysts Towards Nitrogen Fixation, Joseph R. Whiston
Department: Chemistry

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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A Comparative Assessment of Venlafaxine Degradation in Municipal and Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge, Shauntia Cobb
Department: Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Studies

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Assessing Mechanistic Proposals of 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3- Monooxygenase (NicC) from B. bronchiseptica, Tyler J. Gerwig
Department: Chemistry

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Understanding the Origin of Swelling Force in Organically Modified Silica, Evan J. Hagedorn
Department: Chemistry; Physics

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The Effects of pH on the Hydroxyl Radical Reaction with Aqueous Malonic Acid, Rachelle P. Herrin
Department: Chemistry

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Investigating the Hydrogenphosphonate Diester Intermediate of a Potential Phosphatidylserine Analog: Cyclohexylphosphoserine, Ryan M. Kish
Department: Chemistry

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Toward an ether-functionalized calix[4]arene for improved solubility in polar solvents, Virginia C. Lungerich
Department: Chemistry

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Analysis of Byproduct Formation during the Disinfection Process of Wastewater Treatment, Derrick Marshall
Department: Chemistry

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Dosing on Demand: Enhanced Ibuprofen Release by an Organosilica Encapsulant, Noel Mellor
Department: Chemistry

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Synthesis and Characterization of Rhenium(I) Tricarbonyl Bromide Complexes as Potential Photodynamic Therapy Agents, Mason M. Mendenhall
Department: Chemistry

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Quantitative Determination of the New Antidepressant Vortioxetine in Wastewater Effluent by LC-MS/MS Analysis, Claire E. Moffett
Department: Chemistry

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Synthesis of the Proposed Phosphatidylserine Analogs: 4-tert-butylcyclohexylphosphoserine and trans-1,4-cyclohexyldiphosphoserine, Kyle W. Murray
Department: Chemistry

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Supported Pd-Catalysts for Hydrodechlorination of Trichloroethylene Using a Continuous Flow Liquid Phase Reactor, Eric R. Painting
Department: Chemistry

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XH-π bonding in systems of indole and benzene using IBBCEAS and a bioinformatics analysis of protein secondary structure using graph theory, Meredith Schervish
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

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The Quantitative Determination of Antidepressants and their Primary Degradation Products in Pre and Post “Quasar” treatment and in Lagoon Sludge Destined for Land Application, Kristina M. Schiavone
Department: Chemistry