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Undergraduates create new molybdenum compound in capstone experience course

Casey Smith and Daniel Marron

(June 29, 2018) Two recent graduates, Daniel Marron and Casey Smith (both B.S. '18), were published by Acta Crystallographica Section E for their paper on a new crystalline compound created as part of their Inorganic Chemistry Lab (CHEM 4414). The class, taught by Prof. Joe Merola, is one of the options for a capstone experience and gives students the opportunity to hone synthetic techniques and instrumental analyses as well as work on an original project. Marron and Smith were successful in their project to make molybdenum complexes, and one of the resulting compounds had never been reported before. The paper published includes a full characterization of the compound, including synthesis and results from an X-Ray diffraction study that was assisted by Loren Brown, a GTA for the course. Read the full paper here.