Synthetic Chemistry Research

Synthetic Chemistry Research ​​

Synthetic chemistry is one of the most exciting areas of research in the chemical field.  Synthetic chemists create of new molecules by means of a series of defined chemical reactions resulting in a new product. When a student develops a new product at Grove City College it is with a sense of pride knowing that you are the first individual to have ever laid eyes on that molecule.  Synthetic chemists also use a variety of instrumental methods to identify the newly prepared compound.  We routinely run phosphorus NMR, proton NMR, UV-Vis, IR, GC-Mass Spec as well as having isolated samples sent out for X-ray analysis and micro-analysis.  There are many different areas of synthetic chemistry, including but not limited to Inorganic, Organometallics, Organic and Biochemistry.  The Chemistry Department at Grove City College strives to offer interesting and educational research opportunities for our students both during the school year and in the summer.

Research projects include the synthesis and characterization of novel transition metal organometallic complexes using various mono, bi and tri-dentate phosphines.   Characterization methods include 31P NMR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR, 2D NMR, UV-Vis, GC-MS, AA, CV, FT-IR, microanalysis as well as x-ray crystallography.  Prepared complexes are then analyzed for their hydrogenation capabilities utilizing a high pressure reactor.  Research students are encouraged to expand their chemical knowledge and to develop their laboratory skills in a faculty guided research project.

An interdisciplinary biology research project involving the investigating the identification of cuticular hydrocarbons in the Dogbane Beetle is also underway.​

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