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Student Research

All students conduct at least one independent research project under faculty supervision and many present their results at venues external to Marist. Our students co-author publications in prestigious journals and win awards at regional and national conferences. The most recent American Chemical Society evaluation of our department characterized our student research reports as "excellent."

Recent Publications

(Marist undergraduates in bold)

"Incorporating a Forensic Science Problem-Solving Activity into an Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Course," Rose, R.; Fitzgerald, N. Chem. Educator 2011, 16, 319.

"Investigation of UV Photolysis Vapor Generation with In-Atomizer Trapping Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry for the Determination of Mercury," Madden, J.; Fitzgerald, N. Spectrochim. Acta B, 2009, 64, 925.

"Proposed Reaction Mechanisms for Selenium UV Photolysis Vapor Generation by Computational Methods," Takatani, T.; Fitzgerald, N.; Galbraith, J. M., Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 2007, 388, 859.

"The Effect of Orbital Type and Active Space Size on Valence Bond Structure Weights and Bond Dissociation Energies," Galbraith, J. M. Mol. Phys. 2010, 108, 2551-2558.

"Density Functional Theory for Anions," Galbraith, J. M. in Molecular Quantum Mechanics: From Methylene to DNA and Beyond, Selected Papers of Henry F. Schaefer III, Bartlett, R. J.; Crawford, T. D.; Head-Gordon, M, Sherrill, C. D., Eds., Brandon's Printing, Atlanta, 2010.

"A Valence Bond Study of Three-Center Four-Electron π Bonding: Electronegativity vs. Electroneutrality," DeBlase, A.; Licata, M.; Galbraith, J. M., J. Phys. Chem. A 2008, 112, 12806-12811.

"Synthesis and redox properties of racemic electroactive polymers containing axially chiral adamantyl segments," Schenck, C. L.; Nadeau, J. M. Tetrahedron 2010, 66, 462-466.

"syn,syn-15,17-Di-2-naphthylhexacyclo[,10.15,8.02,11.04,9]heptadecane deuterochloroform monosolvate," DeBlase, A. F.; Thong, D. C.; Nadeau, J. M.; Gebhart, D.; Provo, J.; Foxman, B. M. Acta Cryst. 2009, E65, o2427-o2428.

"Characterization of the Oxidative Inactivation of Xylanase by Laccase and a Redox Mediator," Bendl, R. F.; Kandel, J. M.; Amodeo, K. D.; Ryder, A. M.; Woolridge, E. M. Enzyme Microb. Technol., 2008, 43, 149-156.