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 1987

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Structural Studies of Three DNA Binding Proteins: Catabolite Gene Activator Protein, Resolvase, and the Klenow Fragment of DNA Polymerase I, T. A. Steitz, L. Beese, B. Engelman, P. Freemont, J. Friedman, M. Sanderson, S. Schultz, George C. Shields, and J. Warwicker

Submissions from 1986

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Evidence for Long-Lived Excited States of [CnH2]2+ Carbodications, J. R. Appling, George C. Shields, and T. F. Moran

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Polarizabilites of organic ions, G. W. Burdick, George C. Shields, and T. F. Moran

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ESR investigations of molecular cation radicals in neon matrices at 4 K: generation, trapping, and ion-neutral reactions, Lon B. Knight

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An ESR investigation of the F-2 radical anion in neon matrices at 4 K, Lon B. Knight, Edward A. Earl, A. R. Ligon, and Daryl P. Cobranchi

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Neon matrix ESR and CI theoretical investigation of AlF+; photoionization of AlF from thermal and laser sputtering generation methods, Lon B. Knight, Edward A. Earl, A. R. Ligon, Daryl P. Cobranchi, James R. Woodward, J. M. Bostick, Ernest R. Davidson, and David Feller

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Neon matrix ESR and CI theoretical investigation of 10BF+ and 11BF+: Photoionization of BF from reactive laser sputtering and high temperature sources, Lon B. Knight, A. R. Ligon, Scott T. Cobranchi, Daryl P. Cobranchi, Edward A. Earl, David Feller, and Ernest R. Davidson

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Doubly-charged ethane ions: Solution to the dilemma of stability predicted by theory and instability observed in experiment, George C. Shields and T. F. Moran

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Doubly-charged gas phase cations, George C. Shields and T. F. Moran

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Sensitivity of charge transfer reactions to hydrocarbon ion structures, George C. Shields, L. Wennberg, J. B. Wilcox, and T. F. Moran

Submissions from 1985

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Structures, Energetics and Fragmentation Pathways of CnH22+ Carbodications, G. W. Burdick, George C. Shields, J. R. Appling, and T. F. Moran

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The generation and trapping of the high-temperature oxosilyliumyl cation radicals (28SiO+ and 29SiO+) in neon matrixes at 4 K; an ESR and ab initio CI theoretical investigation, Lon B. Knight, A. R. Ligon, R. W. Woodward, David Feller, and Ernest R. Davidson

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Molecular charge-transfer cross sections and their correlation with reactant ion structures, George C. Shields and T. F. Moran

Submissions from 1984

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Fast atom bombardment (FAB) generation of neutral and charged reactive intermediates for rare gas matrix isolation spectroscopic studies. An ESR investigation of 111,113CdOH and 111,113Cd+ in neon and argon matrices at 4 K, Lon B. Knight, P. K. Miller, and Jhobe Steadman

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An ESR investigation of the C17O+ radical isolated in a neon matrix at 4 K, Lon B. Knight and Jhobe Steadman

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An ESR investigation of the formaldehyde cation radicals (H212CO+ and H213CO+) in neon matrices at 4 K, Lon B. Knight and Jhobe Steadman

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Experimental evidence for a C2v (2B1) ground-state structure of the methane cation radical: ESR and ab initio CI investigations of CH4+ and CD2H2+ in neon matrixes at 4 K, Lon B. Knight, Jhobe Steadman, David Feller, and Ernest R. Davidson

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ESR and ab initio theoretical studies of the cation radicals 12C216O+2, 12,13C216O+2,13C216O+2, 12C216,17O+2, 12C217O+2, and 12,13C216,17O+2 isolated in neon matrices at 4 K. The use of matrix isolation for trapping ion-neutral reaction products, Lon B. Knight, Jhobe Steadman, P. K. Miller, D. E. Bowman, Ernest R. Davidson, and David Feller

Submissions from 1983

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An electron bombardment procedure for generating cation and neutral radicals in solid neon matrices at 4 K: ESR study of 14N2+ and 15N2+, Lon B. Knight

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ESR investigations of H2O+, HDO+, D2O+, and H217O+ isolated in neon matrices at 4 K., Lon B. Knight

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The ground state of the Sc2 molecule, Lon B. Knight, R. J. Van Zee, and William Weltner

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Properties of Sc3, Y3, and Sc13 molecules at low temperatures, as determined by ESR, Lon B. Knight, R. W. Woodward, Zee R. J. Van, and William Weltner

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Double Electron Transfer Reactions of CO22+ Ions, George C. Shields and T. F. Moran

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Single- and Double-Electron Transfer Reactions of Ground and Metastable State Ar2+ Ions, George C. Shields and T. F. Moran

Submissions from 1982

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An experimental procedure for ESR studies of rare gas matrix isolated molecular cation radicals: 12CO+, 13CO+, 14NH3+, and 15NH3+, Lon B. Knight