Four chemistry students recently presented their research results at the 11th Annual Research Week held on the Nicholls campus from February 29th – March 3rd.
Courtney Beamer, Michael Kramer, Shane Swan and Cyrus PIcou each presented posters on a variety topics, ranging from environmental chemistry to molecular modeling.
Courtney Beamer showcased her work in developing liquid phase microextraction for the detection of polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds in Bayou Lafourche. Many of these compounds are carcinogenic and pose a health hazard.
Michael Kramer investigated the presence of inorganic pollutants in Bayou Lafourche using the newly acquired ion chromatogaph. This instrument is capable of measuring ions and carbohydrates on the order of parts per million or lower.
Shane Swan presented his results of investigations of organic pollutants in Bayou Lafourche. He used the newly acquired gas chromatograph – mass spectrometer (GC-MS) to identify compounds related to the weathering of oil from oil spills.
Cyrus Picou investigated the use of molecular modeling techniques to develop a simple model that allows the prediction of physical properties of hydrocarbons based on calculated molecular surface areas and volumes.