MURRAY, Ky. — Several chemistry faculty members and students from Murray State presented research at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), which took place Aug. 19–23 in Boston, Massachusetts.

ACS is the world’s largest scientific society with members at institutions across the globe, including an active chapter at Murray State. During the conference, Murray State faculty members and students represented the University as presenters, judges, session organizers and volunteers.

“This venue allowed for our students to present their research to a larger global audience, to network with fellow students and to explore job/graduate program opportunities,” said Dr. Bommanna Loganathan, professor of chemistry at Murray State. “For faculty, this conference provided opportunities to be up to date in their area of research, to network with peers for possible research collaborations and to bring their experience back to their classrooms.”

Professors of chemistry Dr. Daniel Johnson and Dr. Kevin Miller served as organizers and presiders for a symposium titled “Ionic Liquids in Polymer Science and Engineering: From Molecular Design to Energy and Beyond.” In addition to serving as its organizers, both Johnson and Miller led individual sessions during the symposium about their respective fields of study. Johnson was joined in his presentation by Murray State chemistry students Landon Fike of Kirksey, Kentucky, and Mustafa Alhussain of Qatif, Saudi Arabia, who served as co-authors on the project.

Meanwhile, professors Dr. Bikram Subedi and Loganathan joined Dr. Daniel Burgard of University of Puget Sound–Washington in organizing a joint one-day special session on “Wastewater Based Epidemiology – Challenges and Opportunities.” Subedi chaired the session and gave two oral presentations, while Murray State student Tara Croft of Benton, Kentucky, presented a poster of her collaborative research with Subedi titled “Estimation of the Consumption of Illicit Drugs During Special Events in Two Communities in Western Kentucky, USA, Using Sewage Epidemiology.”

Subedi also served as a chair for the Publication and Publicity Committee of ACS’s environmental chemistry division, coordinating more than 20 scientists and judges from academia, government and various industries from around the world to evaluate student presentations.

Additionally, Loganathan and his international counterparts — including Dr. Juliette Legler of the Netherlands, Dr. G. Malarvannan of Belgium and Dr. Kenneth Sajwan of the U.S. — organized and presided over the ACS’s environmental chemistry division’s special symposium titled “Environmental Obesogens: Exposure Pathways, Mechanism of Action and Trends.” Loganathan presented a talk on “Global Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants and Obesity” during the same symposium along with a corresponding poster that specifically evaluated Kentucky’s trends.

Faculty and students are appreciative of the support provided by Dr. Kevin Revell, chair for the Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Claire Fuller, interim dean for the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

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