Professors Robert Bachman, Bethel Seballos and Leo Seballos attended the 255st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, held in New Orleans, LA March 18th to 22nd. Professor Bachman presented two invited talks and two posters at the meeting. Professor Seballos presented a talk and served to preside over a meeting session.
Bachman’s first talk entitled, “Synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of platinum indazole complexes with potential anti-cancer activity,” was presented in the Undergraduate Research at the Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry symposium. This work involved three additional co-authors—Katharine Barwick (C’18), Andrew Bachman (SAS C’17), and Kraig Wheeler (Whitworth University). The work presented include the collaborative research project between B. Seballos and Bachman. The ongoing research is focused on the development of new, more beneficial pharmaceuticals that can cure cancer.
Bachman’s second talk, “Developing an integrated research and learning model that aid students and faculty,” was part of a symposium on Developing an integrated research and learning model that aid students and faculty. This presentation explored how Bachman has tried to link and merge two realms of faculty life, teaching and research. He also volunteered as the session presider for another section of this two-day symposium, containing 35 talks.
The two posters Bachman presented were co-authored with students that work in Bachman’s research group. The first, co-authored with Jessi Zahn (C’ 19) was titled “Pt-Pt interactions occur in solution lead to aggregation and polymorphism of bipyridine platinum(II) complexes.” The second, co-authored with Brenna Bierman (C’ 20) was titled “Synthesis and characterization of organic-inorganic conjugate dyes designed for solar energy harvesting.” The ongoing research on these two projects explores how novel materials self-assemble themselves and how they might lead to new, more efficient solar cells.
Professor Seballos gave his presentation on molecular interactions with silver nanostructures. His presentation, titled “Investigating Molecular Interaction on Silver Nanostructures Using Density Functional Theory and Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering” presented on the results obtained from the simulation of chemical interactions on silver nanostructures based on experimental evidence obtained from surface-enhanced Raman scattering signals in an effort to understand the factors that affect the sensitivity and selectivity of nanostructures for particular molecules in applications that include molecular detection and water purification.