Chemistry Research Amplified with National Science Foundation Grant – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Chemistry Research Amplified with National Science Foundation Grant

GENEVA, N.Y.—Christine R. de Denus, assistant professor of chemistry at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, together with Professors David Craig and Carol Parish, have received an $85,395 grant from the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation program for the purchase of a gel permeation chromatography system. This system will allow for the increased incorporation of polymer and material science into student research and teaching programs.

The Polymer Laboratories PL-GPC 120 Integrated Gel Permeation Chromatography System, will be used to classify a number of organic, inorganic, organometallic, and biological polymers. The system is also equipped with an evaporative light scattering detector and an autosampler. The equipment will allow for new teaching laboratories to be incorporated into organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry courses at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It will also allow research students a unique opportunity to have extensive hands-on experience in the characterization of polymeric materials that they synthesize.

de Denus said this new equipment maintains the Colleges' pace with technology. She noted research in the area of polymer science and technology has increased at a rapid rate in the past decade. This is due to increased demand for the production of new and improved polymeric materials for various applications such as high temperature thermoplastics, electrically conducting materials, and enzyme catalysis.

“This award will strongly support our departmental goal of establishing the Hobart and William Smith Colleges chemistry department as a premier, first tier department with a national reputation for excellence in teaching and research while putting us in a powerful position to recruit high-quality students who are passionate about science,” said de Denus.

This is one of several awards received by the chemistry department this year. Most recently, the Colleges were notified of receiving a nearly $800,000 award, also from the National Science Foundation, to be shared by and support Hobart and William Smith Colleges and six other liberal arts institutions in their research.