This summer, I am one of four people working in Professor Ronald Brisbois's organic chemistry lab. Along with fellow Mac students Lucas Erickson and Hannah Haley, and a high school student from the Twin Cities, I work in Professor Ronald Brisbois's organic chemistry lab, which is just one of many different labs and departments on campus that have summer research opportunities for student-professor collaboration. The primary focus of the lab that I work in is chemical synthesis. Specifically, we research the synthesis of molecules through a click reaction. Click is a "gee wiz" name for the reaction of azides and terminal acetylenes to form 1,2,3-triazoles. This reaction can be used to create many molecules that have useful functionalities in several fields, including pharmaceuticals. Currently, I am working on optimizing the reaction conditions of a click so as to potentially widen the variety of starting molecules that can be used and thus also expand what molecules can be synthesized.
If anyone has any questions about summer research, leave them in the comments section and I will answer them!
-- Aubrey Ellison '12
Bio professor Ronald Brisbois hard at work over the summer!