With over seventy total researchers during the summer, the Furman University Chemistry Department boasts one of the largest undergraduate research programs in the nation. The summer of 2014 marked the 50th consecutive program in which undergraduates, masters students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty mentors, and visiting faculty from area schools work together over a ten-week period in a wide variety of scientific research projects. The undergraduate students, who receive stipends for the summer, carry out independent investigations in the areas of analytical, inorganic, physical, organic and bio-organic chemistry. This program would not be possible without the support of wide variety of public and private sources.

These student/faculty collaborations produced the following research papers that were published in peer-reviewed journals.

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Submissions from 1994

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Using the Franck-Hertz Experiment To Illustrate Quantization: Energy States of the Neon Atom by Electron Impact, M. M. Kash and George C. Shields

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Quantum-Mechanical Investigation of Large Water Clusters, Karl N. Kirschner and George C. Shields

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Electron spin resonance investigation of small magnesium cluster cation radicals, Mg+N, in neon and argon matrices at 4 K: Comparison with ab initio calculations, Lon B. Knight, Cheryl B. Cleveland, Regina F. Frey, and Ernest R. Davidson

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GC Sequence Specific Recognition by an N-Formamido, C-Terminus-Modified and Imidazole-Containing Analog of Netropsin, Moses Lee, Christopher S. Preti, Emily Vinson, Michael D. Wyatt, and John A. Hartley

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Hydrogen bonding of nucleotide base pairs: Application of the PM3 method, T. N. Lively, M. W. Jurema, and George C. Shields

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The Physical Chemistry Sequence at Liberal Arts Colleges: The Lake Forest College Approach, George C. Shields

Submissions from 1993

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Modeling of Magic Water Clusters (H2O)20 and (H2O)21H+ with the PM3 Quantum-Mechanical Method, M. W. Jurema, Karl N. Kirschner, and George C. Shields

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Ability of the PM3 quantum-mechanical method to model intermolecular hydrogen bonding between neutral molecules, M. W. Jurema and George C. Shields

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Laser vaporization generation of Y10B+, Y11B+, and YAl+ for electron spin resonance studies in neon matrices at 4 K: Comparison with theoretical calculations, Lon B. Knight, Robert M. Babb, Gina M. King, Allan J. McKinley, Michael D. Morse, and Caleb A. Arrington

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Laser vaporization generation of HA1OH, DA1OD and HAl17OH for neon and argon matrix isolation electron spin resonance investigations. Comparison with theoretical calculations, Lon B. Knight, Brian W. Gregory, John Cleveland, and Caleb A. Arrington

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Electron spin resonance investigation of Sc+2 in neon matrices and assignment of its ground electronic state as X4Σ-. Comparison with theoretical calculations, Lon B. Knight, Allan J. McKinley, Robert M. Babb, Devon W. Hill, and Michael D. Morse

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Laser vaporization generation of the SiB and SiAl radicals for matrix isolation electron spin resonance studies; comparison with theoretical calculations and assignment of their electronic ground states as X4 Σ, Lon B. Knight, Allan J. McKinley, Robert M. Babb, Michael D. Morse, and Caleb A. Arrington

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Electron spin resonance studies of P2H+6and PH+3 radical cations in rare gas matrices at 4 K. Comparison with theoretical calculations, Lon B. Knight, Donald J. Tyler, Paul Kudelko, John B. Lyon, and Allan J. McKinley

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Electron spin resonance investigations of aluminum hydrides (AlH2, AlHD, AlD2), and aluminum hydroxides (Al(OH)2, and Al(OD)2) in neon matrixes at 4 K; comparisons with ab initio theoretical calculations, Lon B. Knight, James R. Woodward, Thomas J. Kirk, and Caleb A. Arrington

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The proton hyperfine interaction in HC60, signature of a potential interstellar fullerene, J. R. Morton, K. F. Preston, Paul J. Krusic, and Lon B. Knight

Submissions from 1992

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Laser vaporization generation of the diatomic radicals PdB, 105PdB, PdAl, and105PdAl: Electron spin resonance investigation in neon matrices at 4 K, Lon B. Knight, Robert M. Babb, Devon W. Hill, and Allan J. McKinley

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Laser vaporization generation of B14NH, B15NH, B14ND, B16O, and B17O: Electron-spin-resonance investigation in neon matrices under ultracold trapping conditions, Lon B. Knight, John O. Herlong, Thomas J. Kirk, and Caleb A. Arrington

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Matrix isolation ESR and theoretical investigations of 11B14N11B and 10B14N11B: laser vaporization generation, Lon B. Knight, Devon W. Hill, Thomas J. Kirk, and Caleb A. Arrington

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Theoretical and neon matrix electron spin resonance studies of the methanol cation: CH3OH+, CH3OD+, CH2DOH+, and 13CH3OH+, Lon B. Knight, Kelly Kerr, Martha Villanueva, Allan J. McKinley, and David Feller

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Experiment in quantization: Atomic line spectra, George C. Shields and M. M. Kash

Submissions from 1991

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AM1 and PM3 calculations of the potential energy surfaces for hydroxymethyl radical reactions with nitric oxide and nitrogen dioxide, G. H. Kalkanis and George C. Shields

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Generation and Study of Inorganic Cations in Rare Gas Matrices by Electron Spin Resonance, Lon B. Knight

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Electron-spin-resonance studies of 12CH3F+, 13CH3F+, and 12CH2DF+ in neon matrices at 4 K: Comparison with theoretical calculations, Lon B. Knight, Brian W. Gregory, Devon W. Hill, Caleb A. Arrington, Takamasa Momose, and Tadamasa Shida

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Matrix isolation electron spin resonance studies of silicon (28,28Si2+, 28,29Si2+, 29,29Si2+) and germanium (Ge2+ and 73Ge2+) cations produced by pulsed laser vaporization. Comparison with theoretical calculations, Lon B. Knight, John O. Herlong, Robert M. Babb, Edward A. Earl, Devon W. Hill, and Caleb A. Arrington

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Crystal structure of a CAP-DNA complex: the DNA is bent by 90 degrees, S. C. Schultz, George C. Shields, and T. A. Steitz