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Faith and reason are compatible in the search for truth. This belief informs the Benedictine approach to the sciences. We help students develop a greater appreciation for this balance through programs that enable students to draw from different fields of knowledge, to ask questions, and to solve problems.
  • 9/5/13 - Tim Marin (Chemistry) had 2 papers accepted for publication:
    1) Reduction of Carbonate Electrolytes and the Formation of Solid-Electrolyte Interface (SEI) in Lithium Batteries. 1. Spectroscopic Observations of Radical Intermediates Generated in One-Electron Reduction of Carbonates. Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel P. Abraham. in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry C. and
    2) Reduction of Carbonate Electrolytes and the Formation of Solid-Electrolyte Interface (SEI) in Lithium Batteries. 2. Radiolytically Induced Polymerization of Ethylene Carbonate. Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel P. Abraham. in press, Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

  • 8/29/13 - Angela A. Peverly (Chemistry C'09) and Erick M. Pasciak (Chemistry C'08) published an article entitled Electrochemical reduction of decabromodiphenyl ether at carbon and silver cathodes in dimethylformamide and dimethyl sulfoxide Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Volume 704, 1 September 2013, Pages 227-232. Angela A. Peverly, Erick M. Pasciak, Lauren M. Strawsine, Elizabeth R. Wagoner, Dennis G. Peters.

  • 7/31/13 - Tim Marin (Chemistry) published a paper entitled Photo- and Radiation-Chemistry of Halide Anions in Ionic Liquids. (Ilya A. Shkrob, Timothy W. Marin, R. A. Crowell, and James F. Wishart) in the J. Phys. Chem. A, 2013, 117 (28), pp 5742–5756.

  • 7/22/13 - Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) published a book chapter in "Teaching Bioanalytical Chemistry" (Web publication date July 8, 2013, Volume 1137, Chapter 10, pp. 187-208). The book, edited by Harvey J. M. Hou, is a part of The American Chemical Society Symposium Series and will be distributed in print by Oxford University Press. The title of the chapter is "Bioanalytical Chemistry and Chemical Sensors: An Advanced Elective Course for Undergraduates." The chapter is based on a 300-level chemistry course that Ronkainen has developed at Benedictine University.

  • 6/25/13 - Tim Marin, Ph.D. (Chemistry) published a paper entitled Ionic Liquids Based on Polynitrile Anions: Hydrophobicity, Low Proton Affinity, and High Radiolytic Resistance Combined. in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2013, 117, 7084-7094. Please go to: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/ipdf/10.1021/jp404313g to read the paper.

  • 6/3/13 - The Spring 2013 edition of the Benedictine Voices Magazine features several COS alumni. Brian Saso, (MSCEP '02) - page 5; Patrick Blaney, D.D.S., (Biology '76) - page 8; Martin Bernard, Ph.D., (Physics and Mathematics '66) - page 9; Aheed Siddiqi ('98) - page 16; Donald Stablein, Ph.D., (Mathematics '75), Thomas Appelquist, Ph.D., (Physics '63), and Donald Wyma, Ph.D., (Biochemistry '97) - page 18; Amy Boruta O'Rourke, (Molecular Biology '07) - pages 16, 21. To read about our COS alumni, please go to Voices.

  • 6/3/13 - Brian Saso, (MSCEP '02) was featured the Spring 2013 issue of Benedictine Voices Magazine's article entitled "Internships Help Train Next Generation of Medical Professionals". To read the article please go to page five of Voices.

  • 5/23/13 - David Kamber (BMB '11) has passed his prelims and advanced to the doctorate.  He is also getting ready to submit his manuscript on the design and synthesis of cyclopropenes (read the paper).  David is also featured on the Virtual Inorganic Pedagogical Electronic Resource website as an "2011 ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award Winners."  Congratulations David!

  • 5/9/13 - Wayne Wesolowski, Ph.D. alumni and former faculty member of the Chemistry department solved the mystery of the Lincoln Funneral Train.  Read about his history making discovery!  Yahoo! News, History Channel article and ExplorerNews.com.

  • 4/29/13 -Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry) gave a poster presentation titled “Integrating current scientific research topics and literature into Analytical Chemistry courses at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution” in a Chemical Education session at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, La., on April 7. Her research student, Bosky Parikh (a senior Chemistry major), gave a poster presentation titled “Determination of heavy metals in red wine with flame atomic absorption spectroscopy” on April 8. The presentation was based on undergraduate research performed at Benedictine University.

  • 4/22/13 - Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry) recently published an article titled "Immobilization Techniques in the Fabrication of Nanomaterial-based Electrochemical Biosensors: A Review" in the journal Sensors, 2013, 13(4), 4811-4840. Sensors is the leading international, peer-reviewed open access journal on the science and technology of sensors and biosensors. The journal is published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) online monthly and reaches a wide audience worldwide. The manuscript has an undergraduate student author, William Putzbach (B.S. in Biology, C12), who is currently a first-year graduate student at Northwestern University. Ronkainen received an invitation to contribute an article to this special issue of Sensors titled "Enzymatic Biosensors" by guest editor Jan Halámek, Ph.D.

  • 2/28/13 - ACS/SPS student club members Maria RadcliffeZylfi Memedovski, Jeremy Tapia, and Sree Bodepudi  participated in STEM night at Fischer Middle School in Aurora IL. The STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program is designed to foster the interest of the future generation in these areas. Sree Bodepudi (ACS/SPS Vice-President) commented that “We had the opportunity to reach into the community and share our passion for science with others!” The student club hosted a room filled with different activities related to electricity and charge with the goal of showing kids how cool science can be.

  • 2/15/13 - Angela Peverly (Chemistry C'09) recently published a first author paper in the Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. She will be defending her Ph.D. thesis at Indiana University (Bloomington) in early April and has found a post-doctoral position in a group at IU that does environmental chemistry utilizing MS.  Read her article 

  • 1/31/13 - Christopher Check (Chemistry C'07) received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Ohio State University at the December 16, 2012 commencement.  Christopher conducted his research in the laboratories of Dr. James Stambuli and on September 7, 2012 successfully defended his dissertation, "Palladium-Catalyzed Inter-and Intramolecular Allylic Oxidation Reactions of Olefins."  Congratulations!