Student to present research findings

FOR RELEASE
1996-10-30

HUNTINGTON, IN OCTOBER 30, 1996 --- Laura Baker, a senior chemistry major at Huntington College, will present the results of her research on self-assembled monolayers Thursday, October 31, at 4 p.m in room 151 of the Loew Center. Light refreshments will follow the presentation.

Miss Baker’s campus lecture is a prelude to her presentation at the Argonne Symposium for Undergraduates in Science, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of California, Riverside on Saturday, November 2.

Laura Baker is a 1993 graduate of Martinsville High School. She is the daughter of Thomas and Karen Baker of Martinsville, Indiana.

Miss Baker spent last summer at the University of California, Riverside studying mass spectrometry under the tutelage of Dr. Charles Wilkins of the chemistry faculty and working in the laboratory of Dr. Jill Scott, a post-doctoral researcher. Baker developed a paper entitled, "Laser Desorption-Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Self-Assembled Monolayers on Gold."

Self-assembled monolayers are structures which have proven useful in chemical sensors, thin-film optics, and protective layers. Scientists study chemical reactions at the surface of monolayers to improve these applications. Laser desorption Fourier transform mass spectrometry is proving to be a useful and reliable new method to detect surface chemistry on monolayers.

Chemistry is one of nearly 50 academic concentrations available at Huntington College. The Christian liberal arts school was founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. For nearly a century, Huntington College has offered high-quality academic programs "to equip men and women to impact our world for Christ."

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