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Student posters displayed at American Chemical Society conference

From left, RIC professor John Williams is joined by members of his lab group including Chris Gemski, Ursula Brandl, Nit Soyadara, Angela Jackavone and Lorenzo Crumbie. (Not shown: Jake Hicks, Alex Amer and Jose Solares.) In the photo, the flags across the top of the poster represent the ancestral countries of the members of the group.

From left, RIC professor John Williams is joined by members of his lab group including Chris Gemski, Ursula Brandl, Nit Soyadara, Angela Jackavone and Lorenzo Crumbie. (Not shown: Jake Hicks, Alex Amer and Jose Solares.) In the photo, the flags across the top of the poster represent the ancestral countries of the members of the group.
Eight RIC chemistry and biology student co-authors presented six posters at the 240th annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston from Aug. 22-26.

They presented on the theme of the conference, “Chemistry for Preventing & Combating Disease.”


The students’ work is the result of ongoing research in the lab of John C. Williams, Jr., RIC professor of chemistry. Two of the projects involve collaborative work with RIC biology faculty and one with faculty at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown.

“Students reported on real, basic research in organic synthesis, toxicological, medicinal and computational chemistry done at Rhode Island College," Williams said. "It is real because people give us money to support it and because it is novel. It is basic because it involves the first steps toward solution of a problem, or discovering a proof of principle, that can ultimately lead to applications in the marketplace."

Support for the projects comes from the RIC Faculty Research Committee, RI-STAC, RI-EPSCoR and RI-INBRE. These grants were facilitated by the RIC Office of Research and Grant Administration.

The American Chemical Society is the world's largest scientific society. The annual meeting hosted over 8,000 professional academic and industrial chemists, and graduate and undergraduate student chemists.

The posters presented at the Chemical Education Division Student Poster Session on Aug. 23:

“Microwave assisted solid state polypeptide synthesis”
Chris Gemski, Nit Soyodara, Valeria Canar, John C. Williams, Jr.

“Arylphosphonium salts conjugated to fluorescent markers”
Alex Amer, Jose Solares, Sarah Spinette, John C. Williams,Jr.

“Search for synthesizable selective estrogen receptor modulators using eHits®Lightning on a
Playstation-3”

Steven Morgan, Joseph P. Salisbury, John C. Williams, Jr.

“Microwave acceleration of trizaole synthesis by 'click' chemistry”
Jacob Hicks, John C. Williams, Jr.

“Microwave polymerization to make antibiotic polymers”
Lorenzo Crumbie, Ursula Brandl, Deborah Brit, John C. Williams, Jr.

“Microwave acceleration of phosphonium salt synthesis and esterification reactions”
Lorenzo Crumbie, Alex Amer, John C. Williams, Jr.