Department of Chemistry
End of the year Chemistry Department Awards Picnic.
Some recent STUDENT achievements of note:
· Joseph Michalski (FCRH 2014, Dr. Peter Corfeild, mentor) is recipient of a summer research internship at Mount Sinai Hospital.
· Nadia Elbaar (FCRH 2014, Prof. McMahon, mentor) received a summer research internship at the University of Illinois and accepted into the 3-2 Engineering Program at Columbia University.
Caitlin Bennett (FCRH 2013; Prof. Saba, mentor) : Summer Internship at Brookhaven National Labs
Daniel Brauer (FCRH 2013; Prof. Balija, mentor): SUNY-Downstate Research Program
· David Marcelin (FCRH 2013; Prof. Ciaccio, mentor) 2012 United Negro College Fund /Merck Company Foundation Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award for the 2012-2013 academic year.
· Nazmul H. Sarker (FCRH 2013; Prof. Banerjee, mentor) Biophysical Society Student Travel Award to present research at the 56th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting (The award is based on the scientific merit of the abstract submitted)
Olivia Monaco (FCRH 2013; Prof. Balija, mentor): Received the POLYED Research Award for the best polymer undergraduateposter, 244th ACS National Meeting
Rebecca Triano (FCRH 2012; Prof. Balija, mentor): Recipient of the NSF Predoctoral Fellowship
Stacey Barnaby (FCRH 2012; Prof. Banerjee, mentor): Recipient of the NSF Predoctoral Fellowship
Juliana Triano (FCRH 2012; Prof. Friedrich, mentor): Recipient of the NSF Predoctoral Fellowship
Grace Perrotta (FCRH 2013; Prof. Friedrich, mentor): REU at University of Toledo
Olivia Monaco (FCRH 2012; Prof. Balija, mentor): SURP-CUNY
· Stacey N. Barnaby (FCRH 2011; Prof. Banerjee, mentor) “Best Poster award” in the Colloids and Surfaces Division, 241st American Chemical Society National Meeting, CA.
Biophysical Society Student Travel Award to present research at the 55th Annual Biophysical Society Meeting (The award is based on the scientific merit of the abstract submitted).
· Isabella Fante (FCRH 2013; Prof. Saba, mentor) Clare Booth Luce Undergraduate Scholarship.
Caitlin Bennett (FCRH 2013; Prof. Saba, mentor) : Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarship.
Natasha Khatri (FCRH 2013; Prof. Friedrich, mentor): REU Georgetown University
· Zachary Meinhart (FCRH 2013; Prof. Friedrich, mentor) accepted to DAAD-RISE program to conduct Summer Research in Germany.
Michele Paccagnini (FCRH 2012; Prof. Balija, mentor): Summer Discovery Chemistry Intern at Roche Pharmaceuticals (2010 1nd 2011)
· Stacey N. Barnaby (FCRH 2011; Prof. Banerjee, mentor) Award for Excellence in poster presentation in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the 64th Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference. Only Undergraduate student selected by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to participate in Student/Post Doc Hill Day (fall 2010) to meet with senators/legislators on Capitol Hill and discuss the importance of Biomedical Research and funding opportunities for the same. Her interview was also featured on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbkjbZfSFTk&feature=player_embedded
Matt Tracey (FCRH 2012; Prof. Balija, mentor): SURP-CUNY
Rebecca Triano (FCRH 2012; Prof. Balija, mentor): Clare Boothe Luce Undergraduate Scholarship
Most recent acceptances to medical/dental or graduate schools
Jason Halpern (FCRH 2011): Temple University School of Medicine
Timothy B. Steinhoff (FCRH 2011): Temple University School of Medicine; Univ. of Connecticut School of Medicine
Tommy Ye (FCRH 2011): New York University College of Dentistry; Univ. of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
Marsiyana Henricus (FCRH 2008): Georgetown University School of Medicine
Amanda Deal (FCRH 2011) Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Caitlin LaBella (FCRH 2012) St. George's University School of Medicine
Pavel Dvorkin (FCRH 2013) St. George's University School of Medicine
Zachary Meinhart (FCRH 2013) Northwestern University
Stephen Frayne (FCRH 2012) Wesleyan University
Rebecca Triano (FCRH 2012) UC Berkeley
Stacey Barnaby (FCRH 2011) Northwestern University
Natasha Khatri (FCRH 2011) Georgetown University
Adrienne Pesce (FCRH 2011) UPenn
Matt Tracey (FCRH 2011) University of Pittsburgh
J. Ryan Coombs (FCRH 2010) Boston College
Evan Smoak (FCRH 2010) U Penn School of Medicine
Sarah Tomas (FCRH 2010) Long Island University
Michael D'Erasmo (FCRH 2010) City University of New York
Some recent FACULTY achievements of note:
Prof. Ipsita Banerjee was elected as an Advisory Board Member, International Association of Advanced Materials
(IAAM). Her article entitled “Growth of Se nanoparticles on Kinetin Assemblies and their Biocompatibility Studies” was listed among the “Most Read” articles by the journal Soft Materials (October 2011), and her article entitled “Smart Cell-Adhesive Mucin Bound Microtubes” published in the journal “Soft Materials” in 2009, with student co-authors, was selected among the Top 10 Editors Choice Articles as the “Best of Soft Materials”.
Prof. Robert Beer is heading efforts to produce student-processed biodiesel from campus waste cooking vegetable oil (WVO) for use as a fuel for the Fordham University inter-campus “Ram Van” transportation service. The long-term objective of this work is to increase interactions between undergraduate non-science majors, science majors, faculty and staff, and to promote sustainability at Fordham University and community awareness of environmental issues.
Prof. Donald D. Clarke has been distinguished with the honor of being selected as a 2011 American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow. The ACS is the world’s largest scientific society, and its fellows program, established in 2008, recognizes members “for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the society.”
Prof. Jon Friedrichhas been either PI or co-PI on two external grant applications funded within the past four years:
· 2008: NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program (PI, $56,000)
· 2009: NASA Origins of Solar Systems Program (Co-PI, $125,000)
He has recently developed the course Directed Research Project (CHEM 1999): a “citizen-science” project in which students from all disciplines can participate in data input and analysis for one of Prof. Friedrich’s cosmochemistry research projects.
Prof. John McMahon’s recent work in the area of fuel cells has resulted in Fordham being issued four patents to protect advances made in his laboratories. A fuel cell is an environmentally clean alternative to energy production by fossil fuel combustion. The prohibitive cost of platinum catalyst, particularly at the cathode where the oxygen reaction is sluggish, has limited the economic viability of fuel cells. Prof. McMahon has invented a silver/silver iodide photocathode that, when irradiated with visible light, catalyzes the oxygen reduction reaction without the need for expensive platinum catalysts. The details of the patents are shown below.
· Patent awarded: US 7,687,424 B2 "Photocatalytic electrode and fuel cell", (3/30/2010).
· Patent awarded: US 7,696,121 B2 "Photocatalytic electrode and fuel cell", (4/13/2010).
· Patent awarded: US 7,906,450 B2 "Photocatalytic electrode and fuel cell", (3/15/2011).
· Patent awarded: Russian 2424603 "Photocatalytic electrode and fuel cell", (7/20/2011).
One additional patent application is pending, Patent Application #US 2011-0217626 A1, "Photocatalytic electrode and fuel cell", published September 8, 2011.
Misc. departmental highlights
2011 – completion of the 2nd floor science facilities in JMH, which consists of instructional labs for organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and biochemistry courses.