33rd Annual
Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting

at the

University of Tennessee at Martin

University Center

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Keynote Speaker

                                                                        Peter Cutts photography

 Dr. Nancy B. Jackson

President-elect, American Chemical Society

Manager of the International Chemical Threat Reduction Department

 in the Global Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories

"Chemistry in the Global Context"

Martin, Tennessee

Saturday, April 10, 2010


 Organized for and by area ACS Student Members

and other Chemistry Professionals



Murray State University and The University of Tennessee - Martin
Student Members of ACS



33rd Annual SAACS Area College Chemistry Meeting

University Center, UT-Martin


8:30 a.m.                      Registration- 2nd Floor Hallway outside Room 230


9:00                              Presentation of Undergraduate Research Papers

                                                       Session A-1, Room 229

                                                       Session B-1, Room 231


10:15                            Refreshments, Room 230A


11:00                            Presentation of Undergraduate Research Papers (continued)

                                                       Session A-2, Room 229

                                                       Session B-2, Room 231


12:30                           *Banquet, 230BC

                                    Introductions:  Dr. S. K. Airee

                                   Welcome by UTM CENS Dean, Dr. Richard Helgeson
                                   Introduction of the Speaker, UTM SMACS president Kayla Poindexter

1:30                             Keynote Address

                                   Dr. Nancy B. Jackson, 2010 ACS President- elect

                                   Chemistry in the Global Context


*Banquet Menu:

 Buffet includes choices for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians:

 House Salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons, and assorted dressings

Vegetarian Pasta Bake

Chicken Marsala

Green Beans

Roasted Vegetables

Rustic French Bread and Rolls

Apple Pie or Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Icing


Student Research Papers


Session A-1:  Ellis R. (Joey) Easterling IV, Union University, presiding          Room 229         

9:00          “Identification of a Regulator of hemZ Transcription in Rhodobacter Capsulatus,”Brandi Griggs and James Smart, University of Tennessee, Martin, TN


9:15               “Hydrogen Bonding in Substituted Benzoates,” David Harlan and Charles M. Baldwin, Union University, Jackson, TN


9:30               “Method Development and Validation for the Measurement of Vandetanib (ZD6474) in Human Plasma by Liquid Chromatograph Tandem Mass Spectrometry,” Jennifer Johnson, Feng Bai, and Clinton Stewart, Christian Brothers University and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


9:45              “Two-phase Partitioning Using Polymers for the Biodegradation of Aqueous Phenols,” Amit S. Ghode, Deepika Mandadi, and Darwin B. Dahl, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY


10:00              “An Introduction to a New Type of Isoelectric Focusing,”  Elizabeth A. Abernathy and Robbie Montgomery, University of Tennessee, Martin, TN             



Session B-1:  Samantha (Sam) Mosby, Murray State University, presiding

Room 231



9:00           “Calcium Binding Properties of CaBP 130,” Thang Pham and Dennis Merat, Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN             


9:15              “Highly Conjugated Phenylene Ethynylene Oligomers for Organic Solar Cells,” Brad Oliver, Aron Huckaba, and Kevin Revell, Murray State University, Murray, KY


9:30           “Model Studies on Electrooxidation of 1-propanol,” Holly A. Norwick, Johannes Schmaidt, and Rolf J. Behm, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany, and Lambuth University, Jackson, TN


9:45              “The Synthesis of a New Chelating Phosphine and Investigation into a New Palladium/Copper Catalyzed Coupling Reaction,” Benjamin Headford and Scott Brown, Murray State University, Murray, KY


10:00              “Characterization of Protein in Soybean Seedlings,” Aaron Davenport and David Wing, Union University, Jackson, TN



                                               Posters & Refreshments                                       

Room 230A, 10:15 – 11:00


“Triclosan Concentrations in Western Kentucky Watershed,” Dylan Benningfield and Bommanna G. Loganathan, Murray State University, Murray, KY


“Kinetic Study on Degradation of Methylene Blue by Fenton Reaction,” Jonathan Lewis, Mentor(s): Felix Akojie and Zhonghua Li, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Paducah, KY


“Synthesis and Characterization of Potentially Liquid Crystalline 3,6-Phenanthrene Dicarboxylate Derivatives for Use in the Analysis of Metallophilic Interactions,” Brandon T. Orr, Sarah J. Peddie,  and Rachel Allenbough, Murray State University, Murray, KY


“Potential Hydrogen-Bonding in Substituted Naphthalenes, ” Ellis R. (Joey) Easterling IV and Charles M. Baldwin, Union University, Jackson, TN


Session A-2:  Heather Thomas, Lambuth University, presiding

Room 229


11:00           “Design of Ru Complexes for Water Oxidation,” Pooja Priyanka Kannam, Ralph  Grudzien, Jeffrey A. Ivie, Kristie R. Ruddick, Charles Edwin Webster, and Xuan Zhao, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN


11:15              “Computational Dynamics to Map Putative Alcohol Binding Sites in the Potassium Channel Protein of the BK Type,” Binoy Shah, Alejandro Dopico, and Anna Bukiya, University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN


11:30              “Design, Synthesis of Secondary Amidopyrroles,” Bhasker Radaram. Eddie Banner, and Ricky Cox, Murray State University, Murray, KY


11:45              “Construction of a Centrifugal Microfluidic Platform” Jessica Moore and Daniel Johnson, Murray State University, Murray, KY             


Session B-2:  Kayla M. Baker, University of Tennessee – Martin, presiding

Room 231


11:00           “Viscosity Measurements of Cellulose Solutions in 1-Ethyl-3-methylimidazolium Acetate for Molar Mass Determination,” Ashish Patel, S. K. Airee, and Scott K. Spear, University of Tennessee, Martin, and University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL


11:15              “Determination of the Conditions for the Production of 6-methyl-2-ethyl-3-hydroxypyridine that give an Assay in the Range of 99 to 100.5%,” Chirag Shah,
Christian Brothers University and Penn A. Kem, LLC


11:30              “Synthesis and Isolation of Solid Chromium Quinone Complexes,” Matthew Kent and Charles M. Baldwin, Union University, Jackson, TN


11:45              “Purification of Tadpole Erythrocyte Ferrireductase,” Adam Travis and Charles R. Thomas, University of Tennessee, Martin, TN


12:00           “Metal Quinone Complexes for Catalysis of Alcohol Oxidation,” Christian Wallen and Charles M. Baldwin, Union University, Jackson, TN


The Following Institutions were representated:

Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN

Lane College, Jackson, TN
Lambuth University, Jackson, TN

Murray State University, Murray, KY

Penn A. Kem, LLC

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN
The University of Tennessee - Martin, Martin, TN
Union University, Jackson, TN

Ulm University, Ulm, Germany
West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Paducah, KY

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

About the Keynote Speaker

Nancy B. Jackson is manager of the International Chemical Threat Reduction Department in the Global Security Center at Sandia National Laboratories which assists the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies in solving problems related to international chemical security. With the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Jackson has developed the Chemical Security Engagement Program, an international program to raise awareness of chemical safety and security among chemical professionals and to enable the practice of safety and security in the research, teaching, and commerce of chemicals.  Previously, Dr. Jackson was deputy director of Sandia’s International Security Program where she assisted the director in fulfilling its mission to create technology-based solutions through international cooperation to reduce the threat of weapons of mass destruction proliferation and terrorism.  During the past four years, Dr. Jackson was responsible for leading the Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program for Global Security which requires identifying and overseeing the research program in support of Global Security. Prior to her positions in Global Security, Dr. Jackson was involved in research and development at Sandia, as a principal investigator and a manager.  Primarily her research was in heterogeneous catalysis with an emphasis on energy applications.  Later work involved chemical imaging with a wide variety of applications from biological systems to homeland defense problems.  Dr. Jackson is a National Affiliate of the National Academies where she has served on several boards and chaired studies.  Dr. Jackson is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was recipient of the 2005 American Indian Science and Engineering Society Professional of the Year Award. Dr. Jackson was a member of the Board of Trustees of Rocky Mountain College and is a Research Associate Professor at the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department of the University of New Mexico. Dr. Jackson has a B.S. degree in chemistry from George Washington University from which she won a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2005 and has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2009, she was elected to the Presidential succession of the American Chemical Society. She will serve as President-Elect for 2010, President for 2011, and Immediate Past President for 2012.


Previous Speakers

for this series of meetings include several ACS presidents: 

Drs. Paul S. Anderson - 1998, Fred Basolo – 1983, Ronald Breslow - 1996, Bruce Burston – 2007,

Daryl Busch - 2001, Clayton F. Callis - 1989, William F. Carroll – 2004, Ernest L. Eliel - 1993, Ellis K. Fields - 1985, Joseph S. Francisco – 2009, Helen Free - 1992, Paul G. Gassman - 1991, Mary Good - 1980, Ned D. Heindel - 1995, S. Allen Heininger - 1994, Katie Hunt – 2006, Thomas H. Lane – 2008, E. Ann Nalley – 2005, Warren D. Niederhauser – 1984, Robert Parry - 1983,Attilla E. Pavlath - 2002, Eli M. Pearce -1988, Diane Schmidt – 2003, Gardner W. Stacey – 1979,

Edel Wasserman – 2000;

and two Journal of Chemical Education editors: 

J. J. Lagowski - 1986 and W. T. Lippincott - 1978

Links to Previous Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting web pages

ACCM 2008

Acknowledgement and Thanks

On behalf of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society, we are grateful for the success of this Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting and thank:

                                                                                                    Kayla A. Poindexter                                         S. K. Airee
                                                                                                   Chapter President                                           Faculty Advisor



Alphabetical List of   Authors 














Abernathy, Elizabeth


Session A-1


Airee, S.K


Session B-2


Akojie, Felix


Poster Session


Allenbough, Rachel


Poster Session


Bai. Feng


Session A-1


Baldwin, Charles M.


Session A-1-2, Posters


Banner, Eddie


Session A-2


Behm, Rolf J.


Session B-1


Benningfield, Dylan


Poster Session


Brown, Scott


Session B-1


Bukiya, Anna


Session A-2


Cox, Ricky


Session A-2


Dahl, Darwin


Session A-1


Davenport, Aaron


Session B-1


Dopico, Alejandro


Session A-2


Easterling, Ellis


Poster Session


Ghode, Amit S.


Session A-1


Griggs, Brandi


Session A-1


Grudzien, Ralph


Session A-2


Harlan, David


Session A-1


Headford, Benjamin


Session B-1


Huckaba, Aron


Session B-1


Johnson, Daniel


Session A-2


Johnson, Jennifer


Session A-1


Ivie, Jeffrey A.


Session A-2


Kannam, Pooja


Session A-2


Kent, Matthew


Session B-2


Lewis, Jonathan


Poster Session


Li, Zhonghua


Poster Session




Poster Session


Mandadi, Deepika


Session A-1


Merat, Dennis


Session B-1


Montgomery, Robbie


Session A-1


Moore, Jessica


Session A-2


Norwick, Holly


Session B-1


Oliver, Brad


Session B-1


Orr, Brandon


Poster Session


Patel, Ashish


Session B-2


Peddie, Sarah


Poster Session


Pham, Thang


Session B-1


Radaram, Bhasker


Session A-2


Revell, Kevin


Session B-1


Ruddick, Kristie R.


Session A-2


Schmaidt, Johannes


Session B-1


Shah, Binoy


Session A-2


Shah, Chirag


Session B-2


Smart, James


Session A-1


Spear, Scott K.


Session B-2


Stewart, Clinton


Session A-1


Thomas. Charles R.


Session B-2


Travis, Adam


Session B-2


Wallen, Christian


Session B-2


Webster, Charles E.


Session A-2


Wing, David


Session B-1


Zhao, Xuan


Session A-2









Group Pictures
Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting
The University of Tennessee at Martin
April 10, 2010

Four papers were presented by the students of Christian Brothers University in Memphis. Dr. Dennis Merat (faculty sponsor), Anna Bukiya of UTCHS (coauthor), Jennifer Johnson (presenter), Dr. Jackson, Thang Pham (presenter), Binoy Shah (presenter) and Chirag Shah (presenter)

Officers of the local Kentucky Lake Section of the American Chemical Society with ACS president-elect Dr. Nancy B. Jacksson: Alternate Councilor Dr. Charles M. Baldwin of Union University, Dr. Harry B. Fannin of Murray State University, Dr. Jackson, and Councilor Dr. S. K. Airee of the University of Tennessee at Martin

Dr. Jimmy Hwang, professor of chemistry of Lane College in Jackson with ACS president elect Dr. Nancy B. Jackson.

Heather Thomas of Lambuth University presided over one of the sessions, Holly A. Norwick
presented a paper, ACS president-elect Dr. Nancy B. Jackson, and faculty advisor Dr. David Hawks.

Murray State University

Seated:  Dylan Benningfield (presenter), Benjamin Headford (presenter), Aron

Huckaba (presenter) , ACS president-elect Dr. Nancy Jackson,  Sudan

Loganathan (presenter), Jessica Moore (presenter).

Standing: Dr. Scott Brown (coauthor and MSU SMACS faculty advisor), James

Butcher, Dr. Ricky Cox (coauthor), Dr. Bommanna G. Loganathan (coauthor),

Samantha Mosby (MSU SMACS president), Bhaskar Radaram (presenter).

Present at the meeting but missing from the picture are: Dr. Judy Ratliff

(Chemistry Department chair), Dr. Harry Fannin (Acs Local Section chair),

Dr. Rachel Allenbaugh (coauthor).

West Kentucky Technical and Community College, Paducah
Dr. Zhonghua Li (mentor), Jonathan Lewis (presenter), Dr. Jackson, and Dr. Larry Bigham (faculty advisor)

University of Memhis
Dr. Xuan Zhao (mentor), Dr. Jackson and Pooja Priyanka (presenter)

Union University
Five student presentations were made by students of Union University in Jackson. Aaron Davenport, Ellis Easterling, Dr. Jackson, David Harlan, Matthew Kent and Christian Wallen. Row 2: Dr. Charles M. Baldwin and Dr. Randy Johnston


Western Kentucky University, Bowlin Green, KY
Amit S. Ghode (presenter), Dr. Nancy B. Jackson, Deepika Mandadi (coauthor), and Dr. Darwin B. Dahl (mentor)

Dr. Cahit Erkal, Elizabeth a. Abernathy (presenter), Ashish J. Patel (presenter & SMACS treasurer), Dr. S. K. Airee (mentor and Faculty Advisor), ACS president-elect Dr. Nancy B. Jackson, Adam R. Travis (presenter), Dr. Chares 'Rick' Thomas (department chair and mentor), Dr. Robbie Montgomery (mentor), and Dr. Richard j. Helgeson (Dean of the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences).
Second Row: Kayla M. Baker (MC and SMACS Vice president), Dahlia M. Haddad, Sarah Griffin, Kayla A. Poindexter (SMACS president), Punam Patel, Marcelina Glover, and Dr. Nancy Hinds
Third Row: Lee Elliott, Thomas Hester, Robert Mitchell, Gilbert Forgays (SMACS secretary), Dr. Robert L. Hartshorn, Dr. Isaac Stayton, Corey Jones, Joe Cook, and James Griffin.

Area Collegiate Chemistry Meeting
The University of Tennessee at Martin
April 10, 2010


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