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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Academic Year 2016-17 News

Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates on a job well done. Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates on a job well done. Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates on a job well done.

Graduation May 8, 2016: Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates on a job well done.

Graduation 2016

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to award both Master’s degrees and Bachelor’s degrees to the following students:

  • Fahad Alharthi, MS Chemistry
  • Damian Njoku, Jr., MS Chemistry
  • Troy Cunningham, BS Biochemistry
  • Courtney Edwards, BS Biochemistry, Minor Leadership
  • Aliyah Gaines, BS Biochemistry
  • Breyinn Loftin, BS Chemistry, Minor Nanotechnology
  • Matthew Mosley, BS Chemistry, Forensics option

Student Accomplishments

The Department is pleased to announce that Courtney Michelle Edwards was selected as the Class of 2016 Valedictorian. Ms. Edwards plans to attend Vanderbilt University for the MD/PhD program. Ms. Edwards was one of two students that received the 2016 Hampton University President's Cup. The President's Cup award is given to students who excel in academics and are active leaders and good citizenship role models. The two students were chosen out of many who were nominated. Ms. Edwards' achievement was acknowledged by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the School of Science Honors Day with a special presentation of a "Departmental Plaque".

Ms. Aliyah Gaines and Ms. Breyinn Loftin received this year's awards from the Hampton Roads chapter of the American Chemical Society. Ms. Loftin will attend Vanderbilt University for the PhD. degree and Ms. Gaines will pursue the PhD. program at Boston University.

We wish our graduates all the best on their future endeavors.

Beta Kappa Chi

Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society and the National Institute of Science 73rd Joint Annual Meeting was hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel in Hampton, Virginia on April 6-9, 2016. The following presentation was made at the meeting.

Fabrication of Magnetic Iron Nanoparticles for Oil Spill Remediation by Facile Microwave Process. Breyinn Loftin, Michelle Waddell Ph.D., Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Hampton University, Hampton, VA.

MS Thesis Defense

Mr. Fahad Alharthi successfully defended his Master's thesis on March 18, 2016. His thesis is titled, Identification of the Best Method to Prepare tert-Butyl-Crotonate. The research was directed by Dr. Godson Nwokogu. Fahad plans to enrolol in the PhD. program at Virginia Tech in the fall.

Mr. Damian Nzadi Njoku also defended his Master's thesis on Friday April 1, 2016. The title of his thesis is Partial Synthesis of Dragomabin. The research was directed by Dr. Michelle Waddell. Damain will pursue the PhD. degree at Howard University.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Edmund Moses Ndip

Dr. Edmund Moses Ndip

HU at ACS National in San Diego

The 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition was held in San Diego on March 13-17, 2016. The theme of the Meeting was "Computers in Chemistry" and several faculty members were in attendance.

  • Dr. Edmund Moses Ndip gave a presentation to the Division of Chemical Education session titled "Molecular Modeling at the Undergraduate Level". The presentation was titled "Development of higher order thinking skills: Application of simulations and molecular modeling to instruction in physical and organic chemistry" Edmund Moses Ndip, Godson Nwokogu, Charles Bump, Michelle Waddell, 251st National American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, CA (March 13, 2016).
  • Dr. Charles Bump gave a presentation to the Division of Chemical Education session titled "Homework: Past, Present and Future". The presentation was titled "Have you done your homework?" Charles Bump, Godson Nwokogu, Edmund Moses Ndip, Michelle Waddell, 251st National American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition, San Diego, CA (March 16, 2016).

Research Computing

On May 12, 2016 during Faculty Institute, Dr. Edmund Ndip hosted a faculty development workshop on research computing. Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is a virtual organization that provides cyber infrastructure and expertise to researchers. Funded by the National Science Foundation, XSEDE supports a growing assembly of inventive computing, high-end visualization, data analysis, and other services. The purpose of the XSEDE training was to enable HU faculty to learn how to gain access to national advanced computing resources and facilitate the incorporation of those resources and tools into their research and teaching.

Visit #HPCmatters: An Introduction to learn more about the role of research computing in advancing discovery. Modeling, simulation, data analytics, and visualization aid in understanding complex and enormous quantities of information and can lead to new insights and discoveries. For additional information contact Edmund Moses N. Ndip, Ph.D. at 757-727-5396 or by email edmund.ndip@hamptonu.edu.

Faculty Research

Three faculty members from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are a part of the PREM (Partnership for Research & Education in Materials) interdisciplinary research team. Drs. Ghebreyessus, Ndip and Njoki are supporting materials science education, research, training and outreach. PREM is a collaboration between Hampton University and Brandeis University's Materials Research Science & Engineering Center (MRSEC) and offers faculty the opportunity to mentor new materials science research faculty and students. For more information on PREM, link here.

Virginia Academy of Science

The Virginia Academy of Science held its 94th annual meeting on the campus of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia on May 17 - 20, 2016. The department was well represented with a number of faculty members participating in the Chemistry session oral presentations.

The presentations included:

  • “Effects of substituents and bridge length on NLO properties of a series of bis azo dyes”, Dr. Edmund Ndip and B. Patel.
  • “Engaging Inquiry-Based Student Learning using Computational Chemistry iPad apps in Organic Chemistry Laboratories”, Dr. Michelle Waddell.
  • “Microwave-assisted synthesis and characterization of metallic nanomaterials”, Dr. Peter Njoki.
  • “Photoswitchable arylazopyrazole ligands: synthesis and coordination chemistry”, Dr. Kesete Ghebreyessus and Janay Little.
  • “Progress toward a “green” reducing agent”, Dr. Charles Bump.
  • “Promotion of Inquiry-based learning using cultural heritage materials and other locally accessible resources: A professional development activity for Precollege STEM teachers”, Dr. Isai Urasa.