Title

An Investigation of Heavy Metal Ion Binding by Selenoamino Acid Derivatives

Presenter Information

Kelly Walsh

Department

Chemistry

Major

Chemistry

Research Advisor

Collier, Harvest L.

Advisor's Department

Chemistry

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

Initially, the proposed research project sought to investigate the synthesis and characterization of selected selenoamino acid derivatives in order to better understand the multi-metal ion binding mechanisms. The investigation was to focus on the preparation of 3,3’-selenobis-l-alanine (l), its compositional characterization, and study of the metal ion binding ability of (l). Study outcomes to be pursued include the determination of the crystalline structure of (l), the electronic spectral characterization of solution metal ion binding by (l) and its metal binding equilibrium constants, and the determination of the solid state crystalline structure of isolated metal coordination compounds of (l). With these lofty goals in mind, I began at the beginning, learning how to assemble a reaction apparatus and perform a reflux reaction. With this in mind, I will discuss the few steps I have completed with my ultimate focus on what I have learned during this experience.

Biography

Kelly Walsh is a sophmore majoring in Chemistry. He is an active member of Sigma Tau Gamma. In his free time he enjoys playing the guitar, reading news, and relaxing with friends. In the future he plans to operate his own pharmacy.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

07 Apr 2010, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

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An Investigation of Heavy Metal Ion Binding by Selenoamino Acid Derivatives

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Initially, the proposed research project sought to investigate the synthesis and characterization of selected selenoamino acid derivatives in order to better understand the multi-metal ion binding mechanisms. The investigation was to focus on the preparation of 3,3’-selenobis-l-alanine (l), its compositional characterization, and study of the metal ion binding ability of (l). Study outcomes to be pursued include the determination of the crystalline structure of (l), the electronic spectral characterization of solution metal ion binding by (l) and its metal binding equilibrium constants, and the determination of the solid state crystalline structure of isolated metal coordination compounds of (l). With these lofty goals in mind, I began at the beginning, learning how to assemble a reaction apparatus and perform a reflux reaction. With this in mind, I will discuss the few steps I have completed with my ultimate focus on what I have learned during this experience.