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ATTENTION Chemistry Majors!  Applications for the 2015-2016 Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Scholarships are now being accepted.  Please see the student opportunities page for more details!

Phillip Hammer’s research poster, “Dissolution and Electrochemical Reduction of Zirconium, Thorium, and Uranium in Ionic Liquids,” was recently accepted for presentation at the 19th annual Posters on the Hill symposium, which will be held April 22 and 23 in Washington D.C.  In his research poster, he demonstrates a method to dissolve heavy metal oxides, including uranium oxides, in ionic liquids. The pure metals were then electrodeposited onto an inert electrode and recovered from the ionic liquid. The ultimate purpose is to be able to remove radionuclides from nuclear process wastes in order to re-use it in power generation, and to minimize waste. He has also performed electrochemical analysis on uranium ions dissolved in water, in order to determine more effective strategies of removing the actinides from the waste water streams. Chemistry Professor, Dr. Dale Russell is his research mentor.  Congrats to Phil!

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is seeking a full time lab teacher.  Details about the position can be seen on the Human Resources website at



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