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Chemistry

Research Opportunities

Students are among Hamilton's most important researchers in chemistry, working closely with professors in a variety of fields. In connection with their senior projects or as senior fellows, senior students do research with faculty members. Some juniors, sophomores and even first-year students work in the laboratory during the academic year and summer. In addition to the 30 or so students who participate in campus chemistry research each summer, Hamilton students pursue summer research at other colleges, at government laboratories and in industry.

In recent years, students have presented research at the National Organic Symposium, at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society and at an international symposium of the Quantum Theory Project. Hamilton students won the outstanding poster award at an international symposium for two consecutive years. Students also have co-authored papers published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, the Journal of Chemical Physics, the Journal of Luminescence, Tetrahedron Letters and Biochemistry.

Chemistry Students Present at MERCURY Conference

Patrick Marris ’16, Mia Kang ’17 and Richard Wenner ’17 presented the results of their summer research projects during the 13th annual Molecular Educational Research Consortium in Undergraduate computational chemistRY (MERCURY) conference. The conference was held July 24-26 at Bucknell University.  More ...

John DeGuardi '16 and Allie Eckert '15
DeGuardi ’16 and Eckert ’15 Research Organic Radicals

John DeGuardi ’16 and Allie Eckert ’15, both chemistry majors, are researching ‘organic radicals’ with Associate Professor of Chemistry Ian Rosenstein this summer. Generally, the students explain, electrons are paired within an atom and have opposing spins that help stabilize the atom. A radical, however, is an atom with an unpaired electron in its outer shell. Since the electron in the outer shell does not have a counterpart, the atom is unstable and highly reactive.  More ...

Bryon Banman, Phoebe Greenwald, Andrew Fletcher and Eric Antczak.
Now in Technicolor!

As you look at this screen, the array of colors you see is created by rare earth metals. Although the luminescence of these metals has been extensively studied, four students are working with Professor of Chemistry Karen Brewer to make the synthesization process more efficient by reducing the time, energy and funds needed to create them.  More ...

Participants in the 2014 Summer Organic Research Symposium at Colgate University.
Chemistry Students Attend Summer Organic Research Symposium

A group of 16 organic chemistry research students and their faculty mentors, Professors Ian Rosenstein, Max Majireck and Robin Kinnel, traveled to Colgate University to participate in the annual Summer Organic Research Symposium on July 1.  More ...

Jon Shapiro '17
Empty Hives

Although many people are frightened of the apian workers, honeybees are an integral link in the global food chain. Since 2006, there has been a noted increase in the prevalence of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) across the world. While many postulations exist, the definitive cause of this devastating phenomenon is not known. Jon Shapiro ’17, in coordination with Analytical Instrumentation Specialist Greg Rahn, is spending the summer conducting research as part of his project, “HPLC Analysis of Neonicotinoid Pesticides in Honey and Their Effects on the Kirkland Area.”  More ...

Front: Hannah Ferris, Esther Cleary, Yingbin Mei; middle: Ben Wesley, Alex Kaplan and Professor Max Majireck; back: Ben Schafer, Chris Williams and John Bennett.
Student Chem. Researchers Team With MIT’s Broad Institute and Harvard

Although hundreds of students enroll in science courses every semester, doing summer research is “so much different than any lab class,” says Hannah Ferris ’16. Ferris, who is conducting organic synthesis methodology research under the auspices of Assistant Professor of Chemistry Max Majireck, is so fascinated by the project that she will be continuing her research with an independent study in the fall.  More ...

Myriam Cotten
Cotten’s Article with Students, Alumni is JACS Cover Story and Podcast

Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten is the corresponding author of a paper that was selected as the cover story in the March 5 print edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).  More ...

Myriam Cotten
Cotten, Wieczorek ’11 and Hayden ’14 Publish Structures in Protein Data Bank

Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten recently published four structures in the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank (RCSB PDB). The structures were released on January 22 after the accompanying peer-reviewed article was accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.  More ...

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Cotten Publishes in JACS With Co-Authors Burzynski ’12, Dao ’12, Hayden ’14, Wieczorek ’11

Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten is the corresponding author of a paper that was published online on Jan. 10 in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). The results presented are the culmination of more than five years of work as part of Cotten’s National Science Foundation CAREER grant.  More ...

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