Student Presentations 2016 - Chemistry Department

Professional Conferences Where QCC Students Presented

2016 (122 presentations)


2016 CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) Symposium, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY, July 27, 2016.

Francisco Caban and Sujun Wei “Synthesis of X-Shape Molecules as Electron Acceptors in Organic Solar Cells

Yueli Chen and Paul Sideris “Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids for LiFePO4 Crystal Engineering

Jean Hwang and David Sarno “Understanding the formation and size distribution of porous poly(o-toluidine) microspheres

Yi (Jane) Jiang, Jordan Snaider, Rene Amell, Sujun Wei and Gina Florio “Impact of Molecular Length at Oligofluorene Single Molecule Wires

Ha Eun Kim and Jun Shin “Determination of the Refractive Index of Benzoic Acid Measured by Extension Method

Yanan Liu, Sasan Karimi and Gopal Subramaniam “A New Synthesis of Pyrroles Using the Cadogan Approach


The 44th American Chemical Society Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM), College of Mount Saint Vincent, NY, June 9 - 12, 2016.

Yueli Chen, Lisa Cirrincione, Mallory Gobet, Steven Greenbaum, Paul Sideris “Microwave-assisted synthesis of imidazolium-based ionic liquids for LiFePO4 crystal engineering

Krystal Lee, Paul Sideris “Hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of lithium mixed-transition-metal phosphates

Kristina Papacostas, Eddie Fernandez, Edward Castner, Sharon I. Lall-Ramnarine “Imidazolium ionic liquids bearing symmetrical and asymmetrical cations and anions

Eddie Fernandez, Surajdevprakash Dhiman, James F. Wishart, Robert Engel, Sharon I. Lall-Ramnarine “Synthesis and properties of asymmetric dicationic ionic liquids”.

Irene Sun, Michael Iorsh, Keeshan Williams, Paris D. Svoronos “Determination of pesticides in fruits, vegetables, and grains via the Luke method

Hyo Jung Shin, Kelli Rutledge, Jean-Marc Lawrence, Marc Peczuh “Synthesis of a new α-substituted [13]-macrodilactone

Brian Um, Keeshan Williams, Michael Iorsh and Paris D. Svoronos “Use of the QuEChERS approach in the extraction of pesticides from imported fresh fruits and vegetables

Julie Leong, Faye Jacques, Panayiotis Meleties and Paris D. Svoronos “Determining the total amount of oxygen consumption in effluent via carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand (CBOD) and biochemical oxygen demand (BOD)

Brian Um, Hyo Jung Shin, Eun Jung Shin, Jorge Villacis, Faye Jacques, Panayiotis Meleties and Paris D. Svoronos “ArcGis: Understanding city-wide infrastructural landscape and its environmental impact

Yanan Liu, Sasan Karimi, Shuai Ma and Gopal Subramaniam A new synthesis of pyrroles using the Cadogan approach

Yi (Jane) Jiang, Maxwell Robinson, David E. Cliffel, G. Kane Jennings. “Macroporous TiO2 photoanodes for high-efficiency PSI-based biohybrid photovoltaics

Yueting Chen, Yasuno Iwasaki, J. Peter Gergen. “Slp1 is a key component controlling early cardiogenesis in Drosophila

Eun Jung Shin, Brianna N. Barbu, Eric Webb, Jason G. Gillmore. “New modes of initiating cation radical cycloaddition dimerization and polymerization reactions

Jean Hwang, Faye Jacques, Panayiotis Meleties. Paris D. Svoronos, “Treatment of wastewater samples at the New York City-Department of Environmental Protection (NYC-DEP)

Yueli Chen, Sam Barker, Rick Urbic, Peter Mullner “Performance of a magnetic shape memory micropump

Nelson F. Tobar and Tirandai Hemraj-Benny “Degradation of an azo dye by single-walled carbon nanotube-ruthenium nanoparticles composites

Kervens Hector, Regina Sullivan and Tirandai Hemraj-Benny “Cytotoxic and cytostatic effects of single-walled carbon nanotubes on triple-negative breast cancer cells

Mathiu Perez, Regina Sullivan and Tirandai Hemraj-BennyAtomic force microscopy measurements of single-walled, carbon-nanotube treated MDA-MB 468 cells

Margaret de los Santos, Julie Leong, Tian Xu, Soraya Svoronos, Paris D. Svoronos “The determination of gallic acid present in juice and tea beverages using high-performance liquid chromatography”

Julie Leong, Margaret de los Santos, Pedro Irigoyen, Soraya Svoronos, Paris D. Svoronos. “Determination of the total amount of antioxidants via the Folin Ciocalteau method

Brian Um, Jun H. Shin. “Refractive index of malonic acid measured by zoom-in method

Ha Eun Kim, Jun H. Shin “Determination of the refractive index of benzoic acid measured by extension method

Hyeon Yun, Eun Jung Shin, Jun H. Shin “Thermodynamic study of esterification using a microwave reactor

Irene Sun, Angela Lara, Paris D. Svoronos. “Detection of Salmonella in foods via microbiological methods

Irene Sun, Faye Jacques, Jorge Villacis, Panayiotis Meleties, Paris D. Svoronos “Cleaning and protecting the municipal water via New York City’s wastewater treatment system and the DEP shoreline survey unit

Francisco Caban, Yi Jiang, Sujun Wei, “Synthesis of x-shape molecules as electron acceptors in organic solar cells”

Jean Hwang, David M. Sarno. “Understanding the formation and size distribution of porous poly(o-toluidine) microspheres

Derek Perry, David M. Sarno. “Partial sulfonation of polyaniline nanofibers

David Kwun, Pedro Irigoyen, Paris D. Svoronos “Determination of the ionization constant of weak carboxylic acids using microscale freezing point depression measurements

Jasodra Ramdihal, Chanele Rodriguez, Edward Castner, Sharon I. Lall-Ramnarine “Synthesis of pyrrolidinium ionic liquids bearing symmetrical and asymmetrical fluorous anions

Chanele Rodriguez, Nicole Zmich, Surajdevprakash Dhiman, James F. Wishart, Edward Castner, Sharon I. Lall-Ramnarine “The effect of alkyl versus ether side chains on the physical properties of ionic liquids

Nicholas E. Carrero, Nelson F. Tobar, Tirandai Hemraj-Benny “Ruthenium interactions with ethanol upon microwave irradiation


The The 64th Undergraduate Research Symposium of the American Chemical Society-NY Section, Lehman College, CUNY, May 7, 2016.

Brian Um and Jun H. Shin “Refractive Index of Malonic Acid measured by Zoom-in Method”

Ha Eun Kim and Jun H. Shin “Determination of the Refractive Index of Benzoic Acid Measured by the Extension Method”

Hyeon Yun and Jun H. Shin “Study of Esterification using a Microwave Reactor

Julie Leong, Margaret de los Santos, Pedro Irigoyen, Soraya Svoronos and Paris Svoronos “Determination of the Total Amount of Antioxidants via the Folin Ciocalteau Method”

Margaret de los Santos, Julie Leong, Tian Xu, Soraya Svoronos and Paris Svoronos “The Determination of Gallic Acid Present in Juice and Tea Beverages using High Performance Liquid Chromatography”

David Kwun, Bruce Montalbano and Paris Svoronos “Determination of the Ionization Constant of Weak Carboxylic Acids Using Microscale Freezing Point Depression Measurements”

Mathiu Perez Rodriguez, Sunil Dehipawala, Tirandai Hemraj-Benny and Regina Sullivan “Atomic Force Microscopy Measurements of MDA-MB 468 Cells Treated with Single walled Carbon Nanotubes”

Jasodra Ramdihal, Chanele Rodriguez, Edward Castner and Sharon Lall-Ramnarine “Synthesis of Pyrrolidinium Ionic Liquids Bearing Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Fluorous Anions”

Chanele Rodriguez, Nicole Zmich, Suraj Dhiman, James F. Wishart, Edward Castner and Sharon Lall-Ramnarine “The Effect of Alkyl versus Ether side Chains on the Physical Properties of Ionic Liquids”

Kristina Papacostas, Eddie Fenandez, Edward Castner and Sharon Lall-Ramnarine “Imidazolium Ionic Liquids Bearing Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Cations and Anions”

Eddie Fernandez, Suraj Dhiman, James Wishart, Robert Engel and Sharon Lall-Ramnarine Synthesis and Properties of Asymmetric Dicationic Ionic Liquids”

Yueli Chen, Lisa Cirrincione, Mallory Gobet, Steve Greenbaum and Paul J. Sideris “Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids for LIFEPO4 Crystal Engineering”

Krystal Lee and Paul J. Sideris “Hydrothermaal Synthesis and Characterization of Lithium Mixed-Transition-Metal Phosphates”

Tao Hong and Moni Chauhan “One-Pot Oxidative Polymerization of Rhodanine Catalyzed by Silver Nanoparticles in Dimethylformamide (DMF)”

Jean Hwang and David M. Sarno “Understanding the Formation and Size Distribution of Porous Poly(o-Toluidine)Microspheres.”

Nelson F. Tobar and Tirandai Hemraj-Benny “Degradation of Congo Red Dye by Novel Synthesized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube-Ruthenium Nanoparticles Composites.”

Nicholas E. Carrero and Tirandai Hemraj-Benny.”Ruthenium Interactions with Ethanol Upon Microwave Irradiation.”

Derek Perry and David M. Sarno “Partial Sulfonation of Polyaniline Nanofibers”

Francisco Caban, Yi (Jane) Jiang and Sujun Wei “Synthesis of X-Shape Molecules as Electron Acceptors in Organic Solar Cells”

Yanan Liu, Sasan Karimi, Shuai Ma, Gopal Subramaniam “A New Synthesis of Pyrroles Using the Cadogan Approach”


The 12th Annual QCC Honors Conference, QCC, NY, May 6, 2016.

Simranjeet Kaur and Dominic Hull “Acid Rain

Margaret de los Santos, Pedro Irigoyen, Soraya Svoronos and Paris Svoronos “The Determination of Gallic Acid Present in Juice and Tea Beverages Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography

Manmeet Kaur and Dominic Hull “The Impact of Gases on the Earth’s Atmosphere

Mathiu Perez-Rodriguez and Moni Chauhan “Free Radical: The Lack of an Electron

Julie Leong, Margaret de los Santos, Pedro Irigoyen, Soraya Svoronos and Paris Svoronos “Determination of the Total Amount Of Antioxidants via the Folin Ciocalteau Method

Irene Sun, Faye Jacques, Panayiotis Meleties and Paris Svoronos” Cleaning and Protecting the Municipal Water via New York City’s Wastewater Treatment System and the DEP Shoreline Survey Unit

Irene Sun, Panayiotis Meleties and Paris Svoronos “The Detection of Salmonella in Foods Via Microbiological Methods

Irene Sun, Panayiotis Meleties and Paris Svoronos “The Determination of Pesticides in Fruits, Vegetables and Grains Via The Luke Method

Awel Alin and Dominic Hull “Is Nuclear Energy Good or Bad for the Planet?

Breeanna Brooks and Dominic Hull “The Chemistry of Bipolar Disorder”

David Kwun and Paris Svoronos “Determination of the Ionization Constant of Weak Carboxylic Acids by Freezing Point Depression Measurements

Jia Chen and Dominic Hull “Does Nail Polish Corrode the Human Nail?

Susan Dominquez-Mata and Dominic Hull “How Can We Decrease the Progression of Alzheimer's Disease?”

Marva Dudley-Adams and Dominic Hull “How Chemistry Relates to the Decay of Dead Bodies”

Oyetosho Ilaka and Dominic Hull “The Environmental Impact of Fracking”

Katherine Kim and Dominic Hull “The Role of Hemoglobin in Red Blood Cells”

Ruth Kim and Dominic Hull “Chemicals in Apples”

Chun Lau and Dominic Hull “How Much Damage Can Too Much Salt And Sugar Do to Your Body”

Ileana Marinescu and Dominic Hull “The Chemistry of Chocolate”

Bernadette Maske and Dominic Hull “The Hall-Heroult Process for Aluminum Production”

Ariana Platis and Dominic Hull “The Chemistry of Artificial Photosynthesis”

Xinghui Qiu and Dominic Hull “Medicinal Chemistry of beta-Lactam Antibiotics”

Thivya Thusyandhan and Dominic Hull “Why is Chocolate so Delicious?”

Nicole Wee and Dominic Hull “Are Artificial Flavors Truly Harmful?”

Elizabeth Yurkov and Dominic Hull “Compost: What Is It and Why Do We Need It?”

Francisco Caban and Sujun Wei “Synthesis of X-Shape Molecules as Electron Acceptors in Organic Solar Cells

Nicholas Carrero, Nelson Tobar and Tirandai Hemraj-Benny “Ruthenium Interactions With Ethanol Upon Microwave Irradiation

Yueli Chen and Paul Sideris “Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids for LiFePO4 Crystal Engineering

Jean Hwang and David Sarno “Understanding the formation and size distribution of porous poly(o-toluidine) microspheres

Yi (Jane) Jiang, Jordan Snaider, Rene Amell, Sujun Wei and Gina Florio “Fluorene Single Molecule Wires

Ha Eun Kim and Jun Shin “Determination of the Refractive Index of Benzoic Acid Measured by Extension Method

Krystal Lee and Paul Sideris “Hydrothermal Synthesis and Characterization of Lithium Mixed-Transition-Metal Phosphates

Yanan Liu, Sasan Karimi and Gopal Subramaniam “A New Synthesis of Pyrroles Using the Cadogan Approach

Kristina Papacostas and Sharon Lall-Ramnarine “Imidazolium Ionic Liquids Bearing Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Cations and Anions

Derek Perry and David Sarno “Partial Sulfonation of Polyaniline Nanofibers

Jasodra Ramdihal and Sharon Lall-Ramnarine “Synthesis of Pyrrolidinium Ionic Liquids Bearing Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Fluorous Anions

Chanele Rodriguez and Sharon Lall-Ramnarine “The Effect of Alkyl Versus Ether Side Chains on the Physical Properties of Ionic Liquids

Nelson Tobar and Tirandai Hemraj-Benny “Degradation Of Congo Red Dye By Novel Synthesized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube-Ruthenium Nanoparticles Composites

Brian Um and Jun Shin “Refractive Index of Malonic Acid Measured by Zoom-In Method

Hyeon Yun and Jun Shin “Thermodynamic Study of Esterification Using a Microwave Reactor

Evens Esperance and Moni Chauhan “Carbon Monoxide Detector

Samantha Fernandez and Moni Chauhan “Hair Relaxer use in African American Women and the Risk of Uterine Leiomyomata

Margaret de Los Santos and Moni Chauhan “Oxidative Stress

Yang He and Moni Chauhan “Primary Cell (Batteries)

HaEun Kim and Moni Chauhan “Quaternium-15 (preservative) in Cosmetics

David Kwun and Moni Chauhan “The Effect of Irradiation on Food Preservation

Yao Lin and Moni Chauhan “Chemical Energy

Yafit Muladjanov and Moni Chauhan “Blood as a Buffer System

Christine Roman and Moni Chauhan “The Chemical Function and Therapeutic Use of MDMA

Hugh Small and Moni Chauhan “The Composition of the Party Drug “Lean

Anastasia Solomou and Moni Chauhan “Amphetamine Salts

Tao Hong and Moni Chauhan “One-Pot Oxidative Polymeriation of Rhodine Catalyzed by Silver Nanoparticles in DMF

Patrick Tuttle and Moni Chauhan “Civilian and Military Application of Thermal and Fast Fuels in Nuclear Power Generation

Omolegho Ugbeva and Moni Chauhan “The Chemistry of Diet Soda and its Effect on the Bone Structure

Isabela Velasquez and Moni Chauhan “Chemistry of Perfumes

Yiting Zheng and Moni Chauhan “Catalytic Converter


Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal (CUSJ), Lerner Hall, Columbia University, April 10th, 2016.

Brian Um, Ha Eun Kim, Jun H. Shin “The Refractive Index of Malonic Acid Measured by Zoom-In Method and Extension Method”

Derek Perry, David M. Sarno “Partial Sulfonation of Polyaniline Nanofibers”

Hyeon Yun, Eun Jung Shin, Jun Shin “Thermodynamic Study of Esterification Using a Microwave Reactor”


The 24th Annual Statewide CSTEP Student Conference, Lake George, NY, April 8-10, 2016.

Francisco Caban and SujunWei “Synthesis of X-Shape Molecules as Electron Acceptors in Organic Solar Cells”

Julie Leong, Soraya Svoronos and Paris Svoronos “Determination of Antioxidants Present in Beverages via the Folin Ciocalteau Microspectrophotometric Analysis and High Performance Liquid Chromatography”

Tao Hong and Moni Chauhan “One-PotOxidative Polymerization of Rhodanine Catalyzed by Silver Nanoparticles in Dimethylformamide (DMF)”

Chanele Rodriguez and Sharon I. Lall-Ramnarine “Examining the Effect of Ether Side Chains on Ionic Liquid Properties”

JeanHwang and David M. Sarno “An investigation of the size distribution of porous poly(o-toluidine)microspheres”

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