Bach Nguyen (’20) is investigating the surface chemistry of silver nanoparticles for a better understanding of the interactions between manufactured nanomaterials and natural organic compounds in water.
Emily Ramsayer (’20) is using voltammetry to study the dissolution of zinc oxide nanoparticles and how binding by ligands can impact the rate and extent of metal oxide nanoparticle dissolution. She won an award for Best Poster at the South Eastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in October 2018.
Heather Lieb (’19) researched the reactions between silver nanoparticles and metal sulfides to better understand how sulfidation of nanoparticles can impact their environmental fate. A story about the support Heather received from a donor appeared in the College Today. Heather’s research has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Science of the Total Environment. Heather is currently pursuing a PhD in environmental chemistry at the University of California – Davis.
Sondrica Goines (’18) was instrumental in developing our methodologies for studying the interactions between silver nananoparticles and organic material. She presented her research numerous times both on campus and off. In 2016 she was awarded Best Chemistry Poster at the Research Bound conference. She worked as an REU student in the lab of Dr. Xia at Georgia Tech the following summer. She is now pursuing a PhD in chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey Dick. Sondrica has started a podcast called “Curly Headed Chemist” for students pursuing a career in STEM.
Colton Miller (’18) worked in the lab on developing our voltammetric studies of zinc oxide nanoparticle dissolution. Colton’s research laid the groundwork for continued studies in this area. Colton is now employed as a metallography technician at IMR Test Labs in Portland, OR.
Nathaniel Fletcher (’17) worked in the Mullaugh lab to investigate the stability of silver nanoparticle sulfidation products. Nathaniel’s research was published in the Science of the Total Environment. After working at the Oak Ridge National Lab in the Nuclear and Analytical Chemistry and Isotopics Lab, Nathaniel is now enrolled in the chemistry PhD program at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Olivia Pearce (’16) was one of Dr. Mullaugh’s first research students and examined how carbon paste electrodes could be used to study silver nanoparticle oxidative dissolution. Her research was published in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research.
Maisa Amireh (’16) did research on the aggregation of silver nanoparticles in various solution matrices. After graduation she took a job as a lab technician at High Purity Standards here in Charleston, SC.