Pictured from left to right: Lauren Zakrzewski, Kevin Curtis, Comfort Obeng, Dr. Patrick Jokiel, assistant professor of Chemistry at Saint Rose, Samantha Mumford, Dr. Brad Bauer, associate professor of Chemistry, Amie Burnell, and David Judd.

Pictured from left to right: Lauren Zakrzewski, Kevin Curtis, Comfort Obeng, Dr. Patrick Jokiel, assistant professor of Chemistry at Saint Rose, Samantha Mumford, Dr. Brad Bauer, associate professor of Chemistry, Amie Burnell, and David Judd.

On April 18, Dr. Pat Jokiel and Dr. Brad Bauer, from the Chemistry program, accompanied a group of The College of Saint Rose students to the 10th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society. Five Saint Rose students joined other undergraduates from the Capital Region to present original research at this event.

Presenting authors from Saint Rose were:

  • Amie Burnell, a junior majoring in Chemistry: “Copper Catalyzed Benzimidazolone Synthesis”
  • David Judd, a junior majoring in Medical Technology: “The Synthesis of N-alkyl-n, N’-diaryl Urea Compounds for Palladium-catalyzed C-H Amination of Benzimidazolone Derivatives”
  • Samantha Mumford, a junior majoring in Biochemistry: “The Effect of Temperature on Palladium Catalyzed C-H Amination to Synthesize Benzimidazolone Derivatives”
  • Lauren Zakrzewski, a junior majoring in Chemistry, and Kevin Curtis, a sophomore majoring in Chemistry: “Impact of Ions on Hydrogen Bonding at the Water-air Interface”

In addition to the presenting authors, several Saint Rose science students attended this event, including Comfort Obeng, a sophomore majoring in Biology and recipient of a Summer Undergraduate Research Grant. Comfort will conduct research titled “Pd(II) Catalyzed C-H Amination: Extension to the Synthesis of Cyclic Sulfamides” under the direction of Dr. Jokiel during Summer 2018.