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Submissions from 2010

Electrochemical Activation of Cytochrome P450 , Ben Burnett

Biochemical Investigation of Phenotypic Variance in Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus 109J at High Cell Density , Evan Chang

Mechanistic Study of the Substitution Reactions of 1,4-Naphthoquinones, Sarah Dittmer

An Asymmetric Synthesis of Prozac, Anders Eliasen

A Study of an Insight into the Reactivity of 1,4-Naphthoquinone Derivatives, Maayan Gordon

Synthesis of Chiral Chromenes, Jennifer Griffin

A New Heterogeneous Method of CLICK Reactions for Biological Conjugations, Sarah Harris

Photo-Dealkylation of 1,4-Naphthoquinone Derivatives by Irradiation, Thomas Jemielita

Impact of the TOPS Program on High School Student Science Comprehension, Anna Jane Jones

Reactions of 2-Alkylthio-3-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinones with Alkylamines, Tiffany Kim

The Effects of Ethanol on the Phase Behavior of Phosphatidylethanolamine Membranes, Kamini Kuchinad

Phenotypic Variance at an Interface from Environmentally-Isolated Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus , Andrew Ma

Using Electrodes to Identify Levels of Transcription Factor In a Cell, Chris Marino

Engineering a plant blue copper protein from human Ephrin A1, Amber Marshall

An Enantioselective Synthesis of CymbaltaTM Colin McKinlay and Vincent van Rixel, Colin McKinlay and Vincent van Rixel

Toward the Synthesis of a Topologically Non-Planar Porphyrin , Edward Ro

Study of the Reactions of 1,4-naphthoquinone Derivatives with Bifunctional Nucleophiles, Miner Ross

Strategies for Addressing Microelectrode Arrays Based on Cu(I)-Mediated Ethynyl-Azide Coupling, Nicholas Saade

Synthesis of a Glycosylated DNA Fragment that Codes for a Truncated B-Domain of Human Blood Coagulation Factor VIII , Samuel Simpson

Properties of Mixed Monofluorinated and Unsaturated Phospholipid Bilayers, Connor Smith

An Enantioselective Synthesis of CymbaltaTM, Vincent van Rixel

The Enantioselective Synthesis of DAB-1 Meghan Whalen and Kevin Grier-Roddy, Meghan Whalen and Kevin Grier-Roddy

Submissions from 2009

The Separation and Characterization of the Yellow Compound of Host Independent Bdellovibrio Bacteriovorus , Thomas Andre

Heparin Mimics for Chemotherapy Using Polyvalent Displays on Virus Particles, Daniel Drugan

Continued Query into Chiral Chromenes, Anders Eliasen

Studies on the Enantioselective Synthesis of Cymbalta?, Kenneth Feldman

Engineered P450 Cytochromes for Bioelectrochemical Catalysis, Chi Fung

Effects of Pentanol Isomers on the Induction of the Interdigitated Phase in Phospholipid Bilayer Membranes, Kathryn Griffin

Heterogeneous CLICK reactions for biological conjugations, Sarah Harris

An Enantioselective Synthesis of DAB-1, Robert Jordan

Marangoni Flow of Films Composed of Ag and Au Nanostructures, Barry Kang

Photochemical dealkylation of 2-alkylamino-3-halogeno-1,4-naphthoquinones, Eric Kim

Reactions of 2-Alkylthio-3-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinones with Alkylamines, Tiffany Kim

An Enantioselective Synthesis of (-)-Coniine, Mark Paulsen

The Reactivity of 1,4-Naphthoquinone Derivatives with Various Thiols, Elisabeth Rutledge

Properties of Phosphatidylcholine in the Presence of its Monofluorinated Analogue, Eric Smith

En Route to Topologically Interesting Porphyrins, Idean Sotoudeh

Mechanistic Study of 2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone (Vitamin K3) Derivatives and Their Reactivity towards Thiols and Amines, Erica Wenker

Effects of Ethanol on the Phase Behavior of Dioleoylphosphocholine Bilayers, Victoria Yang

Submissions from 2008

An Enantioselective Synthesis of Cymbalta: Preparation of (+)-(S)-Duloxetine, Nikhil Addleman

Host-Independent Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus Phenotypic Response to E. coli Prey, Thomas Andre

Electrochemistry of DNA-bound redox probes using Alkyne-terminated oligonucleotides "clicked" to Azide-terminated Thiols on gold electrodes, Hayden Burgoyne

Total Synthesis of a Lactam Glycosidase Inhibitor Precursor, Anders Eliasen

Studies on the Photochemical Reactions of 1,4-Naphthoquinones, Sarah Jane Fischer

Effects of Pentanol Isomers on the Phase Behavior of Phospholipid Bilayer Membranes, Kathryn Griffin

Coating glass with two-component metal colloids via Marangoni Flow, Barry Kang

Reaction of 1,4-napthoquinones with diamines, Marci Kang

Phase Transitions of Langmuir Films of n-Perfluorocarboxylic Acids, Keegan Nelson

Nucleophilic Addition Reactions of 2-Methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone Epoxide, Hareem Park

Studies on the Enantioselective Synthesis of Isofagomine, Mark Paulsen

An Enantioselective Synthesis of a Single Enantiomer of Prozac; Preparation of (S)-(+)-Fluoxetine, Derek Ross

The Reactivity of Thiols with 1,4-Naphthoquinone Derivatives, Elisabeth Rutledge

Physical and Chemical Stability of Binary Lipid Mixtures, Eric Smith

The Effect of Self Interdigitating Phospholipids on Bilayer Membranes, Christiaan van Gorkum

Enantiopure Synthesis of (-)-Coniine, David Weiser

Submissions from 2007

Total Synthesis of (-)-Coniine, Jeffrey Cannon

[Ru(bpy)2(bdppz)][tosyl] Photochemistry in Nafion Polymer Films, Lauren Grokett

Study on the Demethylation Reaction of 1,4-naphthoquinones, Dawn Gruber

Antimicrobial and Chemical Nuclease Activity of Phenanthroline Derivatives, Katharine Hagen

Enzymatic protein P450: The potential when using electrochemistry Kevo Hindoyan & Clarisse van der Feltz , Kevo Hindoyan

Activation of Bleomycin at DNA Modified Electrodes Chris Jackson & Hayden Burgoyne , Chris Jackson and Hayden Burgoyne

Substitution Reactions of Aminoalkylthiols with 2-Methoxy-1,4-naphthoquinone and 2-Bromo-3-methoxy-1,4-naphthoquinone and 2-Bromo-3-methoxy-1,4-naphthoquinone, Christopher Hathaway Jackson

Spreading Ag Nanocrystals from Liquid to Solid Surface via Marangoni Flow, Donald Johnson

Understanding Naphthoquinones: Reactions with Alkanedithiols, Tom Lam

Perfluorinated Compounds at the Air-Water Interface, Keegan Nelson

Nucleophilic addition reactions of 2-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone epoxide, Hareem Park

Studies on the Enantioselective Synthesis of Isofagomine, Mark Paulsen

An enantioselective synthesis of S-(+)-fluoxetine (Prozac), Derek Ross

Structure and Function of a Biosurfactant Produced by Host-Independent Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus, Jaclyn Schmitt

Characterization of Gramicidin A in a Lecithin Bilayer during Ethanol-Induced Interdigitation, Gene Shtark

Domain Formation in a Partially Miscible Binary Lipid Mixture, Eric Smith

[Ru(bpy)2(bdppz)][tosyl] Photochemistry in Nafion Polymer Films, Tyler Yuh

Submissions from 2006

Effect of Unsaturation on Ethanol-Induced Interdigitation in Model Lipid Bilayers Bennett Addison and Eric Smith , Bennett Addison and Eric Smith

Reactions of 2-chloro-3-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone with Alkylamines, Nathan Adkins

Iron Acquisition by Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus , Hunter Benvenuti

Enantioselective Synthesis of (-)-Coniine, Jeffrey Cannon

Effects of 1-Pentanol and 2-Pentanol on Phospholipid Bilayer Membranes, Chih-Yin Cheng

Making Molecules and Dreams Come True: A Formal Synthesis of Anisomycin, Chris Finlayson

Nucleophilic Additions and Substitutions of 2,3-Epoxy-2,3-dihydro-1,4-naphthoquinone Derivatives, Joshua Geleris

Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry of Cytochrome P450 BM3-Surfactant Film Assemblies, James Gillan

Electrochemistry on Pyrene-modified Cytochrome P450 Mutants, Peter Goldman

Reactions of 2-Bromo-3-Methoxy-1,4-Naphthoquinone with Diaminoalkanes, Azure Greeson

The Enantioselective Synthesis of Isofagomine: A Glycosidase Inhibitor That Packs More Punch Than Chuck Norris, Michael Heffner

Naphthoquinone: Reactions with Alkanedithiol, Tom Lam

Effects of butanol isomers on lipid bilayer membranes: the dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine system Megan Reeves and Adam Schawel , Megan Reeves and Adam Schawel

An Enantioselective Synthesis of S-(+)-Fluoxitine, Derek Ross

Substitution Patterns of Aminoalkylthiols with 1,4-Naphthoquinone Derivatives, Sergio Sanchez

Exploring Internal Chemistry of Bacterial Predation from External Measurements, Jaclyn Schmitt

Characterizing Dicyanin, a novel Blue Copper Protein, Spenser Smith

Micron Sized Crystallites from Films Embedded with Ag Nanocrystals, Benjamin C. Tway

BLASTing Blue Copper Proteins, Wouter van der Linden

Interaction of n-Propanol and Isopropanol with Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine Bilayer, Yue Wang

Interfacial Electrochemistry of Metallointercalators at DNA-Modified Electrodes, Tyler Yuh

Reactions of 2-Bromo-3-methoxy-1,4-naphthoquinone with Secondary Alkyl Amines: The Role of the Bromine Atom in the Stability of the Product, Qiao Zhou

Submissions from 2005

Reactions of 2-chloro-3-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone with Alkylamines, Nathan Adkins

Aniline Oligomers As Model Conductive Polymers Via Proton Doping, Brian Akcasu

Enantioselective Synthesis of a Natural Product: Coniine Jeffrey Cannon and Jason Papazian , Jeffrey Cannon and Jason Papazian

Study on the Introduction of Two Different Substituents, an Amino- and a Thio-group, on 1,4-Naphthoquinones, Liliana Castelblanco

Back to our Roots: Characterization of the Relationship Between Ephrins and Blue Copper Binding Proteins, Anne Davis

Phase Transfer Properties of Silver Nanoparticles, Michiel Dokter