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Students Present Research at American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco

Students researchers pose for a photo after presenting at a national conference.

Students researchers pose for a photo after presenting at a national conference. Dr. Alison Parker and Dr. Rachel Rigsby, along with Belmont chemistry majors Morgan McCauley, Bailey Rose and Libby Ligon and biochemistry & molecular biology major Sarah Maxwell  recently attended the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Francisco. The ACS National Meetings occur twice a year in various cities around the U.S. and each one attracts an estimated 11,000 to 13,000 chemists, chemical engineers, academicians, graduate and undergraduate students and other related professionals.

While in San Francisco, the group also saw Belmont alumna Vickie Lim, a 2015 double major in chemistry and mathematics, who is attending graduate school in chemistry at UC Irvine.

The four students presented their posters:

“Greening the synthesis of virstatin: Finding an alternative solvent to dimethyl formamide,” by McCauley and Dr. Kim Daus.

Cavity ring-down spectrometry of gas-phase ions prepared via electrospray ionization, by Rose, Ligon and Dr. Thom Spence.

“Synthesis, characterization, and unusual solvation and luminescent properties of terbium amine complexes,” by Ligon and Dr. Justin Stace.

“Analysis of tyrosinase inhibition with extracted catechins from granny smith apples,” by Maxwell and Dr. Rachel Rigsby.