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Chemistry Day 2018

We hope you will join us to learn more about the Department of Chemistry and the School of Science at IUPUI!

Monday, October 15, 2018

We are excited about your interest in Chemistry Day!  Chemistry Day will help you discover what it's like to be a Chemistry major at IUPUI.

Agenda Event Details

Student Information:
Event Information:
*All guests must be 14 years of age or older due to visits to laboratory space
Lunch will be provided by the Chemistry Department for Chemistry Day prospective students at the Tower Dining Hall. Parents & Guests are welcome to join us and may pay for their meal at the dining hall.
The Admissions Office will be giving campus tours and housing tours for students and guests that would like to view the campus and housing halls. You are not required to stay for this portion of the day.
Lab Visits:
Lab Visits
Chemistry of Hypergolic Mixtures – Dr. John Goodpaster
Hypergolic mixtures consist of an oxidizer and fuel that ignites spontaneously and reacts violently, releasing a large amount of gas and heat. Such mixtures have legitimate uses, such as in rocket fuel. However, they can also be used illegally as improvised incendiary mixtures. Several different hypergolic mixtures will be demonstrated and we will discuss the chemical reactions they undergo.
Preparation of Fluorescent Proteins – Dr. Michael McLeish
Fluorescently tagged proteins are easy to detect and are being used for tracking. This experiment will show expression and purification of fluorescent proteins. Use colors to demonstrate how small changes in primary sequence can change the optical properties of a protein.  Such a small change could relate to hereditary diseases. This module will also discuss enzyme assays when possible.
Synthesis of Fluorescent Nanomaterials – Dr. Rajesh Sardar
Nanomaterials promising applications due to their interesting optical properties and in this module, green and red light emitting CsPbBr3 nanoparticles will be synthesized. The light emitting properties of these particle will be examined in polyurethane matrix using LED light source. The light-emitting properties will be explained and correlated with current quantum dot-based LED TVs.  Time permitting, students will observe the synthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles producing red and yellow colors, respectively. Such materials can be used for sensor applications for characterizations of pesticides in fruits and vegetables.