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June 17, 2013

Department of Chemistry Hosts Computational Chemistry Workshop

The Department of Chemsitry will be host to the workshop "Computational Chemistry for Chemistry Educators," June 23-28, 2013.  This workshop will cover various ways that computers can be used to enhance and expand the educational experience of students enrolled in the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Discussions and hands-on laboratory exercises on visualization, simulation, molecular modeling, and mathematical software will be presented. For more information, go to the CCCE website.

June 10, 2013

Undergraduate Research

The Department of Chemistry has three undergratuates working on summer research projects in the department:

  1. Evan Carlson
  2. Ian Coker
  3. Malley Nason
Ian is working with Dr. Jim Diamond on a theoretical study of pseudomonic acid A and species related to it..
Evan and Malley are working with Dr. Elizabeth J.O. Atkinson on several problems:
  1. Investigation of biologically active dyes in sol-gel and aerogel materials containing silver nanoparticles using Surface Enhanced Raman(SERS) and fluorescence spectroscopy. 
  2. Investigation of gold nanoparticle-aerogel modified carbon paste electrodes as biosensors. 
  3. The characterization of amphiphilic organic-inorganic hybrid Keggin and Wells-Dawson polyoxotungstates using Langmuir-Blodgett and electrochemical techniques. 

June 2, 2013


The Department of Chemistry offers it congratulations to our successful graduates:

  1. Mary Michel Barret, B.S., General Science, Concentration in Chemistry; Cove, Oregon.
  2. Amy Rene Cunningham, B.S., Chemistry; Sebastopol, California.
  3. Joseph Alexander Mullen,  B.S., Chemistry; Richland, Washington.
  4. Daniel E. Urness,  B.S., Biochemistry, cum laude; Springfield, Oregon.
Danny, Joe, and Mary hope to go to medical school or a health-related profession. Amy will be pursuing a Ph.,D. in Analytical Chemistry in the  graduate program of the University of Nevada-Reno.

May 22, 2013

Professor Honored by USC

Professor Jim Diamond was named University of Southern California Department of Chemistry Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Diamond was recognized for for his work in recommending and guiding outstanding Linfield chemistry students into the graduate program at USC. Since the Michael J. Dulligan Memorial Award for outstanding graduate research in physical chemistry was established in 2003, four Linfield students have received the award: Lee Chiat Ch’ng ’07, Cody Schlenker ’04, Chris Rivera ’04 and Amy (Germaine) Moskum ’98. Zhu Jinsong ’93 also studied chemistry at USC, but received his degree before the award was established. Read the full story here .

April 18, 2013 

Student wins "Speak Simply" Contest at ACS Meeting

Kevin Romero '15, presenting his research at the Spring 2013 National Meeting of the ACS, was also named one of fourteen winners of the "Speak Simply" contest at the Undergraduate Poster Session. The ACS wrote, "Congratulations on your presentations during the Undergraduate Research Poster Session and the Chemistry Ambassadors “Speak Simply” Contest. Our judges were impressed at your communication abilities and enthusiasm for your research, and they were delighted at the opportunity to talk with each of you about your research. On behalf of our judging team, I thank you for taking on the challenge to speak simply, but compellingly, about your research!"

April 15, 2013

Chemistry Students and Faculty Present Research at the 245th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society

A group of nine students and three faculty presented their work at the National Meeting of the ACS in New Orleans this past April 7-11, 2013. Presentations included both student and faculty research:

346 - Theoretical studies of several small-ring precursors to (+)-JQ1, James J. Diamond, Elizabeth J.O. Atkinson, Kevin J. Romero*

717 - Langmuir-Blodgett studies of organosilyl derivatized Dawson polyoxotungstates, Eric Lemieux*, Elizabeth J. O. Atkinson, R. Carlisle Chambers+

1084 - Synthesis of (2-amino-4,5-dimethylthiophen-3-yl)(4-chlorophenyl)methanone (S2) and ongoing synthesis of selective bromodomain inhibitor (+)-JQ1, Jake T Hillyer*, David R Scheafer*, Dr. Elizabeth J.O. Atkinson

1238 - Kinetics of the photoreduction of p-nitrobenzoic acid on Ag and AgxAu1-x nanoparticle films, Kathryn L. Corp*, Brian D. Gilbert

1239 - Characterization of peptides on silver colloidal surfaces using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, Stephanie L Stovall*, Brian D Gilbert

1246 - Photooxidation of p-aminobenzoic acid on roughened metal surfaces, Jason J Hight*, Brian D Gilbert

1269 - Theoretical and experimental studies of the Raman spectra of 4-amino-cinnamic acid, Kevin J Romero*, James J Diamond, Brian D Gilbert

1273 - Investigation of the surface-enhanced Raman scattering of 4', 6-diamidino-2-phenylindole in silver-doped silica sol-gel, Evan R. Carlson*, Dr. Elizabeth J. O. Atkinson, Dr. Brian D. Gilbert

1387 - Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of 4-mercaptobenzoic acid in sol gels, xerogels, and aerogels, Amy R Cunningham*, Elizabeth Atkinson, Brian Gilbert

(*) Linfield student; (+) Chemistry Department, George Fox University

February 28, 2013

Alumnus nominated for Board of Trustees

Jinsong Zhu '93, Professor, National Center for Nanoscience and Technnology, Beijing, People's Republic of China, and Manager/Partner, Plexera Bioscience, Woodinville, Washington has been named to the Linfield College Board of Trustees. Jinsong joins fellow Chemistry alumnus Dan O'Leary '86,  Carnegie Professor of Chemistry, Pomona College, on the Board of Trustees. See the Winter 2013 Linfield Review for more.