Friday, March 30, 2007

Nicole Morozowich Receives NSF-REU Travel Award


Chemistry major Nicole Morozowich presented a poster in the chemical education field during the recent 233rd ACS National Meeting in Chicago, IL. The poster, titled "Conversion of Free Base Octaethylporphyrins to Oxypyriporphyrins", was the result of research with Dr. Christian Brückner at the University of Connecticut.

In the summer of 2006, Nicole took part in the Research for Undergraduates Program at the University of Connecticut with Dr. Brückner, with help from a 2006 Indiana University of Pennsylvania School of Research Travel Award. Her research topic was "Synthesis of pyrrolidinone-derivatized porphyrinoids by the step-wise conversion of a pyrrolic building block in octaethylporphyrin into a pyrrolidinone moiety".

Nicole was then awarded the NSF-REU Chemistry Travel Award for the 2007 ACS Conference, which allowed her to travel to Chicago and present her work.

Currently, Nicole is working with Dr. Heba Abourahma here in the department on the "Modification of solid state properties and investigation of polymorphism in active pharmaceutical ingredients by co-crystallization with molecules containing complementary functional groups for self-assembly". Nicole plans to present some of this work at the 2nd Annual IUP Undergraduate Scholars Conference on April 11.

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