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LETU Student To Present Chemistry Research


robert-moreland.jpgLeTourneau University senior chemistry major Robert Moreland of Longview, Texas, will present research at the American Chemical Society’s Southwest Regional Meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Nov. 8. The research was coauthored by LETU senior chemistry major Marisa Trosen of Fishers, Indiana, and LETU chemistry professor Dr. Bruce Hathaway.

This research represents a significant improvement on a previously published experiment that will allow organic chemistry students to prepare analogs of the antimicrobial compound sulfanilamide (the first “Sulfa drug”), which could also have antimicrobial properties.

The title of the presentation is “Development of better methods to prepare the potentially antimicrobial N4-benzylidenesulfanilamides and N4-benzylsulfanilamides in the undergraduate organic chemistry laboratory.”

Moreland received a $500 travel scholarship. Researching molecular compounds that have antimicrobial properties could potentially improve medicine in the future. Moreland hopes to have a career in the medical field, inspired by his cousin who is in medical school.

LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.

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