Chemistry major presents research at sixth annual Capitol Conference

Mercyhurst College chemistry major Kyle Hart joined faculty and students from 25 Pennsylvania institutions of higher education in presenting his research to members of the General Assembly during the Undergraduate Research at the Capitol Conference held March 23 in Harrisburg. Hart was accompanied by his research adviser, Dr. Ronald Brown, chair of Mercyhurst’s Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.



The sixth annual event, also held in 19 other states, gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their research acumen and its value to the educational development of college students.

Hart presented his research poster, “A Monte Carlo Simulation of Hydrogen Physisorption on Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes” in the Capitol’s East Wing. His research involves modeling the amount of hydrogen that can be stored by carbon nanotubes, the goal being to investigate the applicability of materials to store hydrogen for use as an alternative fuel.

In other news, as part of the capstone experience in Mercyhurst’s Chemistry & Biochemistry Department, majors are required to conduct research, write a thesis and publicly present their findings. Assistant professor Dr. Clint Jones said presentations are slated throughout spring term and take place in Zurn 314. All are welcome.

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