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Sostarecz, Sturgeon published in chemistry journals

Research by Monmouth College faculty members Audra Sostarecz and Brad Sturgeon was recently published in three chemistry journals.

Sostarecz collaborated with Colorado State University’s Debbie Crans on an article in the December 2011 issue of Chemistry and Biodiversity. Titled “Gel Formulation Containing Mixed Surfactant and Lipids,” the article’s byline also includes some of Sostarecz’s and Crans’ students. In general, the research encompasses the synthesis and analysis of a drug-delivery system for a cancer drug.

“This amazing collaboration has led to one of our students, Noah Hendricks, doing summer research programs at Colorado State and attending grad school there,” said Sostarecz. The other Monmouth student involved was Mitch Johnson.

Sturgeon also involved Monmouth students in his research, which was published in Chemical Research in Toxicology and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. The articles are a result of the Research Corporation Grant that Sturgeon received.

Former student Benjamin Battenburg and 2011 graduate Blake Lyon were cited on both articles – “Nonphotochemical Base-Catalyzed Hydroxylation of 2,6-Dichloroquinone by H2O2 Occurs by a Radical Mechanism” and “Revisiting the Peroxidase Oxidation of 2,4,6-Trihalophenols: ESR Detection of Radical Intermediates.”

In other chemistry department news, Sostarecz will give a talk later this month at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Four MC students will accompany her to the meeting and make presentations. In April, Sostarecz has been invited to speak at the University of Iowa by the graduate school adviser of Monmouth chemistry graduates Lindsay Ditzler and Holly Morris.