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Chemistry - Research Opportunities

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What really sets Clarkson and this program apart from other programs is our emphasis on learning by doing. Students are actively involved in the research labs at Clarkson, but large numbers also take summer internships off campus at such places as the Trudeau Institute in nearby Saranac Lake. Many of the undergraduates take part in faculty-directed research projects. Invariably our alumni tell us that time spent with the faculty in research turns out to be the most important learning experience of their college career.

Faculty in the Chemistry Program work closely with undergraduates, and students have the opportunity to become involved in research projects throughout the school year and during the summer. Examples of recent undergraduate research projects include:


  • Gwen Burkey, Chemistry & Biomolecular Science ’12: Development of Au-Ag Core-Shell Nanoparticles for Utilization in Chemical Catalysis and Biosensing

  • Maxim Chepenuk, Biomolecular Science ’11: NMR Evaluation of Pi-Complexes of Environmental Toxins

  • Olivia Durham, Chemistry ’11: Oxidation of Waste Printing Inks Allowing Environmental Disposal

  • Stephen Graham, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Minor ’11: Development and Modification of Compounds for Utilization in Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Chemical Catalysis

  • Samuel Hangartner, Chemistry ’10: Complementary Metal Complexes

  • Kathryn Kearns, Engineering Studies ’11: Synthesis of Gold/Fluorescent Protein Nanoparticles for Use in Cancer Chemotherapy

  • Nicolas Letorneau, Biomolecular Science ’11: Synthesis of New Anticancer Iron Chelators

  • Francesca Merchant, Biology and Chemistry Minor ’10: Synthesis of Gold/Fluorescent Protein Nanoparticles for Use in Cancer Chemotherapy

  • Jennifer Sidletsky, Biomolecular Science and Chemistry ’11: Preparation of Copper Salt/Dextran Chemotherapeutics for Treating Liver Cancer

  • Nancy Sloat, Chemical Engineering ’10: Use of Laser Pulses to Degrade Waste Materials

  • Iva Xhangolli, Biomolecular Science ‘12: Growing the Magnetic Nanoforests on Gold and Copper Substrates for Liquid Transport and Manipulation