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2016 Officers

Kevin Kolack
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY, 11364
Phone: 718-281-5037

Dominic Hull
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY, 11364

Paul J. Sideris
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY, 11364
Phone: 718-281-5615

Terry Brack
Hofstra University
Department of Chemistry
Hempstead, NY, 11549-0151
Phone: 516-463-5539

Philip Mark
Nassau Community College
Department of Chemistry
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY, 11530

Marlon Moreno
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY, 11364

Ralph Stephani
St.John's University
Department of Chemistry
8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY, 11439-0001
Phone: 718-990-5215

Daniel Resch
Nassau Community College
Department of Chemistry
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY, 11530

Terrence M. Black
Nassau Community College
Department of Chemistry
One Education Drive
Garden City, NY, 11530
Phone: 516-463-6277

Sujun Wei
Queensborough Community College
Department of Chemistry
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY, 11364
Phone: 718-631-6939

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8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
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Our monthly seminars cover a broad range of topics and are open to all.
Students are encouraged to attend.

Queensborough Community College
Science Building, Room S-112
Social: 5:30 pm Seminar: 6:00 PM
Cost: Seminar is free and open to all
Dinner: Following at a nearby restaurant ($25)

Video from September 2015 seminar Chocolate: Food of the Gods

2016 Meetings

February 4, 2016

Robert Engel, Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Queen's College
City Univeristy of New York

Antimicrobial Surfaces

February 25, 2016

Board of Directors Meeting

March 3, 2016

Prof. Stephen Fearnley, Department of Chemistry, York College

Heterocyclic Methodology for Natural Products Synthesis

As a synthetic organic chemist, my research program involves the ongoing development of new synthetic methodology for the construction of biologically active natural products. Specifically, this encompasses: 1. Investigation and use of oxazolone as a useful heterocyclic scaffold for alkaloid synthesis: This has primarily involved studies of intramolecular Diels-Alder reactions with oxazolone as the dienophilic species. Extrapolation to other cycloadditions is planned. Application in the synthesis of several alkaloid targets is currently underway. 2. Novel organosilane chemistry for approaches to bioactive ether targets: We have developed a rapid synthesis of cis-fused bicyclic ether arrays in which oxoniums undergo nucleophilic attack by vinylsilanes in a novel intramolecular annulation process. The related silyl-activated Friedel-Krafts process proceeds through an unusual combination of electronic and steric effects. A series of silicon-mediated cycloadditions are also under investigation. A wide variety of ether natural product motifs are thus accessible.

March 31, 2016

Board of Directors Meeting

April 7, 2016

Dr. Gene Hall, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University

From Archimedes Palimpsest to Water Analysis: My 37 Years of Instrumental Analytical Chemistry at Rutgers

My presentation will focus on my 37 years of analytical chemistry in the Chemistry Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. I will share with you some of the exciting research projects that I have been involved with based upon the use of several analytical instruments (Raman, GC-FID/MS, TOF- MS/MS, EDXRF, FT-IR, HPLC, and TLC-FID) in my toolbox. In addition, teaching has been an exciting way to pass on my knowledge to up-and-coming students wishing to pursue a career in analytical chemistry.
My research has three areas of focus that include environmental, biological, and forensic. In environmental analysis, I will share with you my experience with ICP-MS for tap water analysis to determine sources of Pb by measuring its stable isotopes. Furthermore, using ICP-MS in biological applications, we report on blood lead analysis from a gunshot victim in which Pb-based bullet fractions remain lodged in the subject's body. By measuring the stable Pb isotope ratios in sequential blood samples and comparing these ratios with the lead-based bullet, interesting kinetics of Pb exchange can be determined. Recently, we have been using shotgun lipidomics to analyze designer omega-3 fatty acid dietary supplements used to provide the bioactive molecule DHA to Alzheimer's patients.
Forensic science has also been an exciting venture in our laboratory. In this regard, I will share you our micro EDXRF method to recover text, non-destructively of course, for the first time on pages from the Archimedes Palimpsest. Keeping with the theme of micro analytical chemistry, results using Raman microscopy, micro ATR-FTIR, and micro EDXRF, will be presented. Specific examples, non-destructively, of analyzing postage stamps, jewelry (counterfeit Rolex watches), counterfeit US and British banknotes, Coach handbags, mouse embryos, and krill will be presented. Use of chemometrics with digital spectral libraries and database mining software assisted in rapid characterization of unknown artifacts.
Analytical chemistry with an extensive tool-box of state-of-the-art instrumentation is fun and exciting. Therefore, in this presentation, sharing our specific applications described above will be fun and enjoyable.

April 15, 2016

Chemistry Challenge

The Long Island subsection of the NY-ACS invites you to participate in the 16th Annual Chemistry Challenge, to be held at CUNY Queensborough Community College. The Chemistry Challenge is a fun, fast-paced Jeopardy-style competition between Chemistry students of local colleges. Timed, multiple choice questions (~75% General and 25% Organic Chemistry) will be asked during the competition. Students will discuss the questions with their team members and select a final answer using electronic clickers. Medals and prizes will be awarded to the top student teams. The atmosphere is exciting and brings both students and mentors together!

The deadline for company sponsorship and team submission with names of the participants is April 8th. There should be a maximum of three teams per school, and please indicate whether each student is a 2-year (freshman or sophomore) or 4-year (junior or senior) student. Late registration will be accepted only if there is space available.

To register a student team or obtain more information, please contact Paul Sideris.

View photographs from prior Chemistry Challenge events here.

Date: Friday, April 15th, 2016
Times: Dinner 5:00 pm
Chemistry Challenge 6:00 pm
Place: CUNY Queensborough Community College, Science Building, S-111

April 28, 2016

Board of Directors Meeting

May 4, 2016

High School Awards

Keynote Seminar entitled
The Science of Human Aging: Why, How and What Can be Done?
presented by
Warren Rosenberg, PhD, Provost The College of Westchester

Aging, senescence and death are attributes shared by all aerobic organisms and have variously been attributed in the research literature to multiple causes ranging from genetic programming through environmentally-induced challenges. This presentation will begin with an overview of the aging process, what characterizes it, how it progresses, and how it varies among different species. We'll then explore the various theories of how and why the aging process occurs and will conclude with a review of the latest contemporary research on how the aging process might be manipulated to slow the degenerative changes and increase human life expectancy if not lifespan.

September 29, 2016

Board Meeting

6:30PM, Nassau Community College, Life Science Building, Chemistry Dept, 2nd Floor

October 6, 2016

Dr. Simone E. Edwards, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of tobacco related interventions among adult individuals with either mild/moderate intellectual disabilities or mental illness

Purpose: The prevalence of tobacco- related issues among individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) and Mental Illness (MI) is of great importance to public health officials because smoking activities often lead to chronic health conditions. Chronic health conditions are the leading causes of death in the United States. Since individuals with mental illnesses use tobacco at greater rates, they suffer greater smoking-related medical illnesses and mortality. The vast majority of these individuals struggle with competency and as a means to increase their self-esteem and to boost confidence, they choose to smoke. Unfortunately, they often find it difficult to quit. The purpose of this study is to improve the precision and power of the data that focuses on the effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions for individuals with ID/MI.

Methods: The first step of the methodological process was to conduct a systematic review of the literature on tobacco-related health interventions geared towards ID/MI individuals. The second step was to use relevant quantitative information extracted from studies of interest to conduct a meta-analysis. This study technique ultimately aided in pooling and quantifying the surge of smoking cessation intervention data in the field in order to provide valuable information for researchers, policy-makers, and clinicians.

Results: Sixteen studies met the primary inclusionary criteria of adult individuals with ID or MI who participated in a tobacco related intervention study. Of the sixteen, 30% were geared towards individuals with ID and the other 60% were geared towards MI individuals. However, only studies that focused on MI individuals were qualified for the meta-analysis because they were either a randomized controlled trial or clinical controlled trial. The other trials were used as a narrative of the results. The effect sizes were calculated using RevMan 5.3, using a relative risk ratio test statistics, which yielded an overall significant effect (RR 1.44, CI 1.09-1.90, I2= 0%). The results of the post-treatment long-term follow-up data were nearly identical and not heterogeneous, which indicates that the results represent true effects and were likely not a result of sampling error.

Conclusions: The effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions for the treatment of MI smokers is promising, as evidenced by the small, positive effects in this present study. In addition, the MI interventions included were significantly more effective for long-term cessation than no treatment at all. On the other hand, future research for the ID population should be conducted using a randomized controlled trial or clinical controlled trial so as to increase their statistical power.

October 27, 2016

Board Meeting

6:30PM, Nassau Community College, Life Science Building, Chemistry Dept, 2nd Floor

November 3, 2016

Dr. Sujun Wei, Queensborough Community College - CUNY,

Exciting Semi-Conducting Materials Discovery in Organic Electronics

Organic electronics is a fascinating and interdisciplinary field of material science, concerning the design, synthesis, characterization, and application of organic small molecules or polymers. Typical applications include Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLED), Organic Field-Effect Transistors (OFET) and Organic Solar Cells (OSC). The emergence of new technology is often preceded by significant advances in materials. In this seminar, Iíll introduce this particular field, and discuss our recent efforts in the exploration and understanding of a few new semiconducting materials. Among them I will focus on polymers containing thiophene-1,1-dioxide (TDO) by oxidizing polythiophenes with Rozenís reagent (HOF∑CH3CN). This reaction can be controlled with this potent, yet orthogonal reagent under mild ambient conditions. It proceeds in a matter of minutes, introducing up to sixty percent TDO moieties in the polymer backbone. The resulting polymers have a remarkable low-lying unoccupied orbital (LUMO), consequently exhibiting a small band gap. Iíll also discuss the investigation of small moleculesí semiconducting properties by the Scanning Tunneling Microscope-based Breaking Junction method (STM-BJ).

November 17, 2016

Board Meeting

6:30PM, Nassau Community College, Life Science Building, Chemistry Dept, 2nd Floor

December 1, 2016

Holiday Party and 2017 Board Elections

Dr. Jennifer Haghpanagh, Senior Scientist, L'Oreal

From R&D to market: a life in science to L'Oreal

Dr. Jennifer S. Haghpanah began her undergraduate years studying mathematics and chemistry. She performed geo-organic chemistry research as an undergraduate and earned a Ph.D. in materials chemistry, performing protein engineering. As a post-doc, she moved to chemical engineering, exploring ribosome display for the royal demolition explosive (RDX). Then she joined LíOreal as a senior scientist. She will share her varied experiences while in school and in industry, and detail how that varied background helps bring consumer products to market.

Genetically engineered protein block polymers are an important class of biomaterials that have gained significant attention in recent years due to their potential applications in biotechnology, electronics and medicine. The majority of the protein materials have been composed of at least a single self-assembling domain (SAD), enabling the formation of supramolecular structures. Recently, we developed block polymers consisting of two distinct SADs derived from an elastin-mimetic polypeptide (E) and the alpha-helical COMPcc (C). These protein polymers, synthesized as the block sequences - EC, CE, and ECE - were assessed for overall conformation and macroscopic thermoresponsive behavior. Here, we investigate the microscopic/ supramolecular assembly as well as the small molecule binding and release profile of these block polymers. Our findings suggest that our protein block polymers have different secondary structures and different small molecule dependent assembly.
Proteins that bind to small molecules is driven by the potential to develop sensors applications such environmental monitoring. Antibodies are generally utilized for molecular recognition; however, they can be difficult to generate and are generally unstable. By evolving a thermostable enzyme, (alcohol dehydrogenase (AdhD) from Pyrococcus furiosus) into a selective binding protein, we aim to overcome the problems associated with yield, purity, stability, and cost of antibodies. Cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (Royal Demolition Explosive, RDX) is a harmful chemical and a common military-grade explosive that contaminates many environments around the world. The current detection methods for this explosive are expensive and time consuming. We are evolving the AdhD enzyme into a binder with affinity for RDX. Multiple AdhD libraries were generated by randomizing sites within and outside the cofactor binding pocket. Ribosome display techniques were employed to identify library candidates demonstrating an affinity towards RDX. To further investigate where the binding was taking place, we truncated the enzyme and confirmed the importance of the cofactor pocket for the binding event. After multiple rounds of selection, clones have been identified from several libraries and we are currently introducing diversity to our converged sequences to obtain a high-affinity binder. Promising candidates are being screened via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and isothermal calorimetry (ITC). The assay method ensures the mutants retain their thermal stability which will make them superior for the development of new biosensors for RDX detection.

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