Hood gets grant for chemical process
FREDERICK, Md. - A new technology that can separate a complex array of large and small molecules will be incorporated into Hood College chemistry classes next year thanks to a $28,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.
The technique, called capillary electrophoresis, or CE, can be applied to pharmaceuticals, pollutants, proteins, DNA and RNA, said Kevin Bennett, assistant professor of chemistry at Hood.
"Laboratory experiments using CE will provide Hood students with practical experience in solving real-world problems, and the instrumental skills the students acquire will give them a competitive edge," Bennett said."It is important for our students to have hands-on experience in this modern technology because capillary electrophoresis has become the instrument of choice for many separations in chemistry and biochemistry."
"We plan on incorporating CE separation of caffeine in beverages into the general chemistry course, and some of these students may use CE separations for their end-of-the-year projects," said Sharron Smith, professor of chemistry.