Coker Presents at American Chemical Society Conference

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Four Coker College students and two professors traveled to New Orleans last week to present their research at the Southeast/Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. Coker’s students were part of the approximately 200 undergraduate student presentations. There were also presentations from graduate students, faculty and industrial chemists from across the southeast and southwest regions of the United States at the conference.

Senior chemistry major Austin McJunkins and Dr. Gordon Brown presented their research entitled, “Room-temperature chirped-pulse Fourier transform (CP-FTMW) microwave spectrometer,” based on the construction of Coker’s new spectrometer.

Senior chemistry major Dan Dong and Dr. Brown presented, “Analysis of expired over-the-counter ibuprofen tablets by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC),” an analytical chemistry research project.

Junior chemistry major Brittany Baker presented her research done on organic chemistry with Dr. Pramod Chopade entitled, “Kinetic Studies of Titanocene (III)- Mediated Epoxide Reduction Reactions.” Sophomore chemistry major Katelyn Miller was a co-author with Baker on the research but was unable to attend the conference.

Junior biology major Mark Williams presented his organic chemistry research with Dr. Chopade entitled, “Rapid and Efficient Synthesis of Bola-amphiphilic Diaziridines.” Coker alum Prashant Bhenswala, class of 2010, was a co-author with Williams on the research but was unable to attend the conference.

Each student prepared a poster and gave a presentation to explain their research to fellow students and professors from all over the country.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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