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Dr. Christopher Bradley, Associate Professor of Chemistry, is the recipient of a $70,000 grant award from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund that will allow him and several undergraduate students to continue a line of research that Dr. Bradley began three years ago with a similar award. Part of the funds will be used for stipends for chemistry students to stay on campus during the summer to participate in this research project. Dr. Bradley elaborated on the grant stating, “The grant will support up to nine different students pursuing summer research from 2017-2020. The students will be exposed to a range of equipment and techniques in our chemistry labs and facilities that will prepare them well for futures in graduate school or in industrial labs.” He added that, “Students will also have the chance to network at ACS national meetings and learn further about careers and graduate programs in chemistry.”

Dr. Bradley’s team is designing new catalyst molecules composed of a large carbon-based molecule and a heavy metal atom. Catalysts are compounds that speed up chemical reactions so they are essential in the chemical manufacturing and petroleum industries. The hope for Dr. Bradley and his team is, “to transition this chemistry to less expensive metals and reduce harsh temperatures and conditions needed for the reactions to proceed.”

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acsThe Mount's ACS Student Group got good news yesterday. They received an Honorable Mention Award for their Chapter from the National Office. This recognizes their efforts from last year, with regard to service, fundraising, and scientific activities. A few of the events they participated in include: middle school science fair judging for Frederick County, a demo team for the STEM fair in Frederick, goggle sales and lab coat rentals within the department, and attendance of a National and Regional ACS meeting to present on research.

The students will receive an award plaque at a ceremony in March at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego. We hope to send 3-4 students to the meeting to accept the award and are fundraising to do so this semester.

The American Chemical Society and publishes numerous scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences and provides educational, science policy and career programs in chemistry. They also give more than $22 million every year in grants for basic research in petroleum and related fields.ACS also plays a leadership role in educating and communicating with public policy makers and the general public about the importance of chemistry in our lives. This includes identifying new solutions, improving public health, protecting the environment and contributing to the economy.

8 students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Chris Bradley,  from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Chapter at Mount Saint Mary's performed interactive demos for K-5 students at a local science fair in Walkersville, MD, outside of Frederick. Over 200 children experienced demos involving chromatography, catalysis, as well as cross-linked and super-absorbing polymers. Students were even able to take home their own slime they made!

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