Dr. Seann P. Mulcahy, assistant professor of chemistry, has received a $55,000 Undergraduate New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for his project, titled Synthesis of Heterocycles by Palladium-Catalyzed [2+2+2] Cyclizations.
Working with students, Mulcahy will investigate how a novel chemical reaction that uses palladium as a catalyst is influenced by small changes in chemical structure. The metal palladium speeds up the reaction, making it more efficient and economical and generating less waste.
In 2013, Mulcahy received a Rhode Island Foundation Medical Research grant as well as a Faculty Early Career Development Award from the Rhode Island Institutional Development Award’s Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE). This year, he also received an Early Investigator Award from RI-INBRE, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Read more.
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Approximately 20 Providence College students displayed their research in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology during the annual Sigma Xi international honor society poster session, which was attended by more than 200 students in Slavin Center ’64 Hall.
Devoted to the pure, natural, and applied sciences and to engineering, Sigma Xi was founded at Cornell University in 1866. The honor society recognizes excellence in scientific research and encourages companionship among scientists in all fields. It is comprised of approximately 60,000 members across the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Thailand, Lebanon, New Zealand, and Australia. PC is in its fourth year as a member of the research society. Read more.
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