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Catalysts for Nitrile Oxidation

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Catalysts for Nitrile Oxidation (Hope Students Only)

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This project seeks to transform nitriles into building blocks for drugs and agricultural products. Nitriles are inexpensive, abundant chemical feedstocks that are produced from petroleum. Oxidation of nitriles is possible when they are coordinated to transition metals, but this reaction is not often observed or well understood. My goal is to investigate and develop the nitrile oxidation reaction, in order to provide new avenues for preparation of chemical building blocks featuring carbon-nitrogen bonds. If successful, this research could expedite synthesis of new medicines while mitigating cost.

Working on this project allows students a chance to author an article for a peer-reviewed journal. Such papers help a student get into graduate or professional schools! In addition, students can present their works at professional meetings. These travel costs will be covered by grant money!

Students will work 10 forty-hour weeks. Over 60 students work for the chemistry department each summer. There are professional development activities and plenty of group social events planned throughout the ten weeks! Research projects can be continued in the fall and spring semesters.

Contact Dr. Turlington at and view Dr. Turlington's research website at

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