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Emma Duffy ’19 – Next experiment? QCM!

Emma Duffy ’19 – Next experiment? QCM!

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018 in Posts, Student News

Emma is continuing with the affinity project and is always looking for new ways to evaluate the DNA aptamer affinity for calcium phosphate materials. While giving a presentation for the Introduction to Research Methods class last semester she made a connection between her research and the Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM). QCM is a technique based on the...

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Jake Shlaferman ’19 – Pipette boot camp

Jake Shlaferman ’19 – Pipette boot camp

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Posts, Student News

Jake spends a lot of time pipetting in the research lab when preparing his plate reader mineralization experiments. In his Analytical Chemistry lab last week, he was put to the test to truly see how well he can pipette when he was tasked with calibrating his own 1000µL pipette. He found that the pipette calibrated to within less than 2µL and with a very...

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Dr. Gerdon tackles LC-MS

Dr. Gerdon tackles LC-MS

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Posts

It’s not often that Dr. Gerdon gets to head into the lab to work on a new experiment, but the introduction of a new LC-MS instrument in the department was the right catalyst! Dr. Gerdon is hoping to using this instrument in the Analytical Chemistry class at the end of the Spring 2018 semester to help students study and quantify FDC dyes (Blue 1,...

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Gerdon Research Teams with the CHEM 1103 Class

Gerdon Research Teams with the CHEM 1103 Class

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017 in Posts, Student News

Dr. Gerdon is teaching the CHEM 1103 class this fall semester. This is an accelerated course that covers two semesters of general chemistry in just one term. Freshmen in this course have a strong background in chemistry and math coming into Emmanuel College and excel in this setting. In lab, these students get to learn more advanced techniques, including...

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Krista Meserve ’18 – Krista and ICP-AES take on NOLA

Krista Meserve ’18 – Krista and ICP-AES take on NOLA

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Posts, Student News

Senior Krista Meserve is all smiles in this selfie with the ICP-AES! This instrument utilizes atomic emission spectroscopy to measure the intensity of emission at a wavelength specific to the element of interest. Using a calibration curve, the intensity can be correlated to a concentration of the element, which is more useful to our work. Krista is using...

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Alex Paige ’20 – Nanoparticle synthesis

Alex Paige ’20 – Nanoparticle synthesis

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Posts, Student News

After several weeks of synthesis, Alex finished the first batch of gold nanoparticle monolayer protected clusters (MPCs) using tiopronin, an amino acid derivative, as the protecting ligand. The gold MPCs will be tested with different concentrations of calcium and phosphate to test their effect on mineralization. Other molecules such as DNA and polyethylene...

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