BJU Students Present Research at American Chemical Society Meeting

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Bob Jones University students Katrina Holly and Robert Rowe presented their research results January 24 at an American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting at The University of South Carolina Upstate.

Holly and Rowe delivered an invited lecture to 40 members and student members of the Western Carolina’s ACS section. The journal paper is entitled “Synthesis of Enantiomerically Pure 1,2,3-Triazole Ureas, KT109(S) & KT109(R), via a Huisgen 1,3-Dipolar Cycloaddition Click Reaction Followed by Triphosgene-Facilitated, Microwave-Assisted Coupling of Respective 2-Benzylpiperidine Enantiomers.”

The presentation featured an audience question and answer session at the conclusion.

During the summer of 2018, Holly, a rising senior from Adrian, Michigan, majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, and Rowe, a rising senior from Aberdeen, Washington, majoring in chemistry, successfully synthesized KT109 under the direction of Dr. Robert E. Lee Sr., associate professor of chemistry at BJU, and the mentorship of Jim Kramer, Kirk Olson and Paige Heiple of Cayman Chemical Company.

Their work has been presented in four different venues: Cayman Chemical in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as a poster presentation on Aug. 11, 2018; in an oral presentation Sept. 6, 2018, to the BJU Chemistry & Physics Department; in an oral presentation Oct. 31, 2018, at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Augusta, Georgia; and at the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting.

The paper will also be presented as a poster at the Western Carolinas American Chemical Society awards night April 23 at Furman University.