Research & Hands-On Learning

Photo taken by Kevin Dolge while working on a research project in the Eichler group.


Chemistry & biochemistry students at Augustana are scientists in training.

A key component of any science education is the ability to conduct primary research, and Augustana’s facilities for research contain over $500,000 of equipment and instrumentation for use by students, including cutting- edge microscopy and chemical detection instrumentation. In addition, Augustana is linked to core facilities across the state, giving even more access to research equipment. The majority of students in the sciences at Augustana undertake paid research as an undergraduate. Our students have presented their work at national conferences and are co-authors on peer-reviewed publications, accomplishments looked highly upon by graduate and medical schools.

Recent Publications: 

(faculty noted in bold, undergraduate students noted with an underline)

  • Weiss, C.J. A Creative Commons Textbook for Teaching Scientific Computing to Chemistry Students with Python and Jupyter Notebooks. J. Chem. Educ2021, 98 (2), 489-494. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c01071
  • Brown, B.A.;  Minamisono, K.; Piekarewicz, J.;  Hergert, H.; Garand, D.;  Klose, A.; König, K.; Lantis, J. D.; Liu, Y.; Maaß, B.; Miller, A. J.; Nörtershäuser, W.;  Pineda S.V.; Powel, R. C.; Rossi, D. M.; Sommer, F.; Sumithrarachchi, C.; Teigelhöfer, A.; Watkins, J.; Wirth, R. Implications of the 36Ca–36S and 38Ca–38Ar difference in mirror charge radii on the neutron matter equation of state. Physical Review Research. 2020, 2, 022035(R) (6 pages). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.2.022035

  • Weiss, C.J.; Porter Jr., L.A. Synthesis and Use of a Nickel Oxidation Catalyst Using Glove Box Methods. J. Chem. Educ. 2020, 97 (6), 16551659. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.0c00004

  • Klose, A.;  Minamisono, K.; Miller, A. J.; Brown, B.A.; Garand, D.;  Holt, J.D..; Lantis, J. D.; Liu, Y.; Maaß, B.;  Nörtershäuser, W.;  Pineda S.V.; Rossi, D. M.; Schwenk, A.; Sommer, F.; Sumithrarachchi, C.; Teigelhöfer, A.; Watkins, J. Ground State Electromagnetic Moments of 37Ca. Physical Review C2019, 99, 061301(R) (6 pages). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.99.061301

  • Miller, A. J.; Klose, A.;  Minamisono, K.; Garand, Kujawa, C.; J.D..; Lantis, J. D.; Liu, Y.; Maaß, B.;  Mantica, P.F.; Nörtershäuser, W.;  Pineda S.V.; Reinhard, P.-G.; Rossi, D. M.; Sommer, F.; Sumithrarachchi, C.; Teigelhöfer, A.; Watkins, J. Proton Superfluidity and charge radii in proton-rich calcium isotopes. Nature Physics201915, 432436. DOI: 10.1038/s41567-019-0416-9

  • Kumar, N.; Darmon, J. M.; Weiss, C. J.;Helm, M. L.; Raugei, S.; Bullock, R. M. Outer Coordination Sphere Proton Relay Base and Proximity Effects on Hydrogen Oxidation with Iron Electrocatalysts. Organometallics 2019, 38 (6),1391–1396. DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00805

  • Anderson, R. H.Lensing, C. J.; Forred, B. J.; Amolins, M. W.; Aegerter, C. L.; Vitiello, P. F.; Mays, J. R. Differentiating antiproliferative and chemopreventive modes of activity for electron-deficient aryl isothiocyanates against human MCF-7 cells. ChemMedChem201813, 1695–1710. DOI: 10.1002/cmdc.201800348

  • Klingaman, C. K.Wagner, M. J.; Brown, J. R.Klecker, J. B.Pauley, E. H.Noldner, C. J.Mays, J. R. HPLC-based kinetics assay facilitates analysis of systems with multiple reaction products and thermal enzyme denaturation.  Anal. Biochem. 2017516, 37–47. DOI: 10.1016/j.ab.2016.10.010

  • Weiss, C.J.. Introduction to Stochastic Simulations for Chemical and Physical Processes: Principles and Applications. J. Chem. Educ. 2017, 94 (12), 19041910. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00395

  • Weiss, C.J. Scientific Computing for Chemists: An Undergraduate Course in Simulations, Data Processing, and Visualization. J. Chem. Educ. 2017, 94 (5), 592597. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.7b00078

  • Miller, A. J.; Minamisono, K.; Rossi, D. M.; Beerwerth, R.; Brown, B.A.; Fritzsche, S.; Garand, D.; Klose, A.; Liu, Y.; Maaß, B.;  Mantica, P.F.; Müller, P.; Nörtershäuser, W.; Pearson, M.R.; Sumithrarachchi, C. First determination of the ground state electromagnetic moments of 53Fe. Physical Review C2017, 96, 054314 (9 pages). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.96.054314

  • Klingaman, C. K.Wagner, M. J.Brown, J. R.Klecker, J. B.Pauley, E. H.Noldner, C. J.Mays, J. R. Synthesis and spectral characterization of 2,2-diphenylethyl glucosinolate and HPLC-based reaction progress curve data for the enzymatic hydrolysis of glucosinolates by Sinapis alba myrosinase. Data in Brief201610, 151–181. DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2016.11.086

  • Weisshaar, D.E.; Eichler, B.E.; Stallings, K.; Dancler, J. An Improved Method for Atomic Absorption Analysis of CdSe/ZnS Core/Shell Quantum Dots. J. Undergrad. Chem. Res. 2016, 15 (2) 45–50.

  • Eichler, B.E.. Case study - A two liter pyridine spill in an undergraduate laboratory. J. Chem. Health Saf. 201623 (2) 25–28. DOI: 10.1016/j.jchas.2015.06.010

  • Eichler, B.E.; Erickson, J.; Keppen, J.; Sykes, A.; Sereda, G. A Non-planar Crystal Polymorph of 1,2,-Bis(9-anthracenyl)ethyne. Tet. Lett. 2015, 56 (31) 4574–4577. DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2015.05.119