Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Demo Night

Some of our favorite demonstrations were on display Tuesday evening, including lots of fire, colors, smoke, and slime!  Here are a few examples...

Dr. Hammond doing balloon animals before he shrunk them with liquid nitrogen.

Dr. King lighting some flammable vapors on fire.

Dr. Kroll and James making ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

Dr. Stan shares some tips on making slime, nylon, and how to shrink peeps.

Dr. Magers ignites a variety of metals and makes some pretty colors.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

5 TU Chemistry Students Present Research at the Indiana Academy ofScience

Emily Hart, Jon Gray, Nathan Pavey, Drew Pemberton, and Haram Ko (right to left) each presented their research at the annual IAS meeting in Indianapolis.  Their research projects included topics such as reaction kinetics, metal concentrations in fish organs, an integrated instrumental methodology for FTIR, TGA, and GCMS, and assessing Essential Tremors.  Be sure to ask them about their experience!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

 Olivia Auell's ('13) Research Lab on PBS - News Hour:

"Can science make low-sodium foods without sacrificing flavor?"

Look for Olivia,
Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, and GCMS!

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Graduate Report is in... "Excellence"

The annual Graduate Report tracks graduates' employment at approximately 6 months following graduation.  Following federal guidelines, "excellence" is defined as full-time employment, enrollment in graduate school, or a post-graduate internship.  "Success" is defined as the excellence criteria and part-time employment.

Congratulations to the 2013 class Chemistry graduates for helping the department earn an Excellence rating of 100%!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two Undergrads Co-Author Paper:

Two chemistry undergraduates co-authored a research paper entitled “Analysis of Iron and Calcium in a Geothermal System Outflow Steam”. The paper investigates the concentration of iron and calcium within an artificial stream created as part of the newly constructed Euler Science Complex. The ground water, rich in hardness ions (primarily iron and calcium), that is used as part of the building’s geothermal cooling system returns to the environment via an esthetically constructed streambed that runs through campus. The study reveals the successful removal of iron and calcium from the water as a result of natural oxidation processes which are encouraged by using a rocky streambed and waterfall. 

Timothy Griffiths, Emily Hart, Patricia Stan, and Daniel King.
“Analysis of Iron and Calcium in a Geothermal System Outflow Steam”.
Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science. 122, 35-39, 2013.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Organic Research- Maillard Reaction

Students in Dr. Kroll's Organic Chemistry lab are back to their research! Jenn Dolezal and Dan Clemens are doing their research on the Maillard reaction which involves the reaction of an amino acid and a sugar to give certain foods their desired taste and smell. By using TLC's of known and unknown products and by varying time and temperature, this group will be observing how these effects will change the products it will yield!