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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2022

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Investigation Of The Photodegradation Kinetics Of Para-Aminobenzoic Acid Under Acidic Conditions, Andrew Baeder
Department: Chemistry

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A Year Of N-Confusion: Determining Aggregation In N-Confused Porphyrins Using Uv-Vis Spectroscopy, Nina E. Catalfo
Department: Chemistry

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What’s In The Air: Characterization Of Particulate Matter In Wooster Ohio, David Rainier DiGena-Segal
Department: Chemistry

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Protection Of Pd0 Catalysts From Sulfide Deactivation During Tce Hydrodechlorination Using Polymer-Modified Mesoporous Organosilica, Claire Hefner
Department: Chemistry

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Methamphetamine In Wastewater: A Comparison Of Product Identification Post Uv And Chlorination Disinfection, Grace Hiipakka
Department: Chemistry

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Multiphase Oxidation Of Squalene And Diphenylamine In The Presence Of Ozone Gas By Using Atr-Ftir Spectroscopy, Riya Joshi
Department: Chemistry

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Synthesis And Photophysical Evaluation Of Porphyrin-Natural Product Hybrids For Use In Photodynamic Therapy, Holly E. McAnlis
Department: Chemistry

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Synthesis And Photophysical Evaluation Of Porphyrin-Natural Product Hybrids For Use In Photodynamic Therapy, Holly E. McAnlis
Department: Chemistry

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Using Computational Methods To Predict Induced Changes In The Fundamental And Overtone Nh Stretches Due To Solvent Effects, Sarah Mullen
Department: Chemistry

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Exploration Of The Ring-Opening Polymerization Of Epoxidized Undecenoic Acid Derivatives, Vy Nguyen
Department: Chemistry

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Why Students Struggle In General Chemistry: Understanding Open-Ended Assessment In The Chemistry 111 Classroom, Abigail M. Tarburton
Department: Chemistry; Education

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Methods Of Characterization And Quantification Of Pesticides In Precipitation In Wooster, Ohio, Aaron D. Weese
Department: Chemistry

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Methods Of Characterization And Quantification Of Pesticides In Precipitation In Wooster, Ohio, Aaron Daniel Weese
Department: Chemistry

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The Fading Of Intention: Photodegradation Studies Of Carmine Colorants And Their Implications In Art Conservation, Megan Zins
Department: Chemistry

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The Fading Of Intention: Photodegradation Studies Of Carmine Colorants And Their Implications In Art Conservation, Megan Elizabeth Zins
Department: Chemistry

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2021

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Attempted Synthesis of a Bimetallic Cerium-Cerium Catalyst for an Improved Oxidation Method of Alcohols, Alexis Katelyn Bauer
Department: Chemistry

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To Teach or Not to Teach: Identifying Skills Obtained Uniquely in Chemistry Laboratory Courses and Ways to Teach Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Remotely, Jayne E. Blinkhorn
Department: Chemistry; Education

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Self-Assembled Monolayers as a Model for Photooxidation of Plastic Waste Using ATR-FTIR and Kinetic Modelling, Jenelle C. Booker
Department: Chemistry

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Plant Based Monomer Synthesis for the Investigation of the Relationship Between Chain Length and Water Absorption, Cole Cavin Brennan
Department: Chemistry

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Development of a Passive Sampler for Detecting PFAS Using Polymer-Organosilica Hybrid Adsorbents, Heather Hartmann
Department: Chemistry; Spanish

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El concepto de autor y la originalidad en las adaptaciones de Natalia Lafourcade, Heather Hartmann
Department: Chemistry; Spanish

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Analysis of Vitamin C Products for Potency and Associated Contaminants by HPLC-UV and GC-MS, Madison M. Heller
Department: Chemistry

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Preserving Keith Haring’s Legacy of “Art for All” through the Study of the Chemical Degradation of Daylight Fluorescent Paints and their Constituent Rhodamine Dyes, Georgia L. Hopps-Weber
Department: Chemistry; Art and Art History

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Solvent Dependence and Thermodynamics of Swell Pressure Generation by Swellable Organically-Modified Silica: Progress Towards a Physical Model to Explain Swelling, Mattaeus J. Klonowski
Department: Chemistry; Physics

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The Synthesis of Bio-Based Degradable Super Absorbent Polymers Through Employment of Multimetallic Catalysts, Kamron Knowlton
Department: Chemistry

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A Breech in Time: Identifying and Dating Historical Textiles using ATR-FT-IR and HPLC-UV/Vis, Brianna M. McKeen
Department: Chemistry; History

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Effect of Concentration on Photo-oxidation of Butenedioic Acids Isomers by Hydroxyl Radicals, Xi Ning
Department: Chemistry

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Multi-Step Synthesis of Small Molecules as Potential Inhibitors for MurG, Anna K. Schroeder
Department: Chemistry

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Release Kinetics of Ibuprofen from Swellable Organically Modified Silica by Means of a Non-Active Release Modulator, Louis R. Schwartz
Department: Chemistry

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Attempted Copolymerization of Epoxides Synthesized from Oleic and Linoleic Acids, An Tran
Department: Chemistry

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Seeing Red: Investigation of the Color’s Use in Early Baroque Art and Stability Based Upon Pigment Preparation, Lilly Woerner
Department: Chemistry; Art and Art History

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Investigation of Para-Aminobenzoic Acid's Photodegradation in Different pH Environments under UVB Light, Jingyi Zhou
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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Determining the Effects of pH on the Kinetics of Acid-Catalyzed Reactions of α- and β-pinene oxide, Philip Carter
Department: Chemistry

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Identification of the Photoproducts of UVB Irradiated Warfarin in an Aqueous Environment, Rebecca N. Hopkins
Department: Chemistry

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The Radical World of Aerosols: Heterogeneous Oxidation of Hydrocarbons by Hydroxyl Radicals using Infrared Spectroscopy, Ethan Kahrl
Department: Chemistry

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Synthesis of Methyl oxirane-2-carboxylate from Acrylic acid for Subsequent Copolymerization of Plant-derived Epoxide Monomers, Minjoo Kang
Department: Chemistry

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Cobalt Catalyzed Hydrosilylation of Terminal Alkenes for Synthesis of Bis(trimethoxysilylethyl)benzene, Elijah Learn
Department: Chemistry

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Exploring the Three-Dimensional Structure of Calix[4]arene-capped Azobenzenes Using VT-NMR, NOESY, and Computational Methods, Chloe A. Litts
Department: Chemistry

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Effect of Heavy Metal Ions on the Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Orange with Various WO3 as the Photocatalysts, Yumeng Li
Department: Chemistry

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Thermodynamic Evaluation of the Relationship Between Hydrogen-π Bonding Interactions and Solvent Polarity in an N-methylacetamide and Benzene system, Nedas Matulionis
Department: Chemistry

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The Impact of Solvent Viscosity on the Cis to Trans Isomerization of Calix[4]arene Capped Azobenzene, John Patrick Nugent
Department: Chemistry

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Attempted Synthesis of Polymers Using Epoxidized Plant-Based Fatty Acid Monomers with Potential Absorbent Properties, H. Cooper Pewitt
Department: Chemistry

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Multiphase Reactions of Methylglyoxal and Gas-Phase Methylamine, Linh Pham
Department: Chemistry

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What’s in the Water? Examining Contamination by Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Rainwater, Kyndal A. Pike
Department: Chemistry; Mathematics

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Synthesis of O-nitrobenzyl Esters and Their Host-Guest Photochemistry, Sophia Rovenko
Department: Chemistry

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Expression, Purification, and Crystallization of S. aureus MurG: Towards Structural Characterization of a Putative Antibiotic Target, Leman WI Simpson
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Chemistry

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How Ionic Strength Affects the pKa of SOA Components: An Examination of Oxalate and Sulfate Equilibria Systems, Katherine V. Strickert
Department: Chemistry

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Synthesis of Potential Small-Molecule Inhibitors for MurG, a Glycosyltransferase Involved in Bacterial Cell Wall Biosynthesis, Regan N. Szalay
Department: Chemistry

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Investigating and Comparing the Relationship Between pH, Ionic Strength, and pKa for Atmospherically Relevant Inorganic and Organic Acid-Base Equilibrium Systems, David A. Trujillo
Department: Chemistry

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Kinetics and Products of Hydroxyl Radical Initiated Reactions with Long Chain Alkanes in the Atmosphere, Wesley J. Wagner
Department: Chemistry

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