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THE SWIERK GROUP

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY

We are an experimental inorganic group in the Department of Chemistry at Binghamton University with an interest in understanding how light be used to drive and understand chemical reactions. 

8/27/19

Welcome to our new lab members!

The group is growing! Welcome to our new undergraduate members Emily, Sarah, Tom, Emily, Emma, Danielle, and Francis! 

6/27/19

ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award Funded!

The group has received a Doctoral New Investigator Award from the American Chemical Society ($110,000 for 2 years) to investigate methods for using visible light to desulfurize fuels. Sulfur-containing molecules represent a major source of pollution in fuels and their removal during the refining process is inefficient and energy intensive. The grant will investigate molecules that selectively bind sulfur-containing impurities and then subsequently transform those molecules into an easily removed form using only light and oxygen. Thanks ACS!

5/2/19

Congratulations to Bernie and Victoria for receiving summer fellowships

Both received summer fellowships from the department in recognition for their "excellent performance in teaching assistantship duties"

5/2/19

Congratulations to Victoria for receiving the Lois D. Mackey Award

The Mackey award is given to "an outstanding first-year teaching assistant in general chemistry."

4/10/19

Congratulations to Ethan for receiving the Jeffery Beck Summer Research Grant

The grant is given by the department to an "exception undergraduate student who has shown an interest in continuing research in chemistry." Over the summer, Ethan will be working on characterizing and understanding the quantum yields in photoredox reactions. 

3/27/19

Congratulations to Alex for being selected for a 2019 Summer Scholars Fellowship

The highly competitive fellowship "allow undergraduates to engage in special research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer."  Over the summer, Alex will be working on new catalysts for electrocatalytic nitrogen reduction.