At Denison, students get the opportunity to work with their professors on research and that pays off in a big way. “Doing research in chemistry and biochemistry,” says Associate Professor Joe Reczek, “is the single most impactful way for students to learn and become scientists.”
Professors in the sciences often come up with an idea or theory, offer guidance and mentorship, and then the students, Reczek says, get into lab and do a lot of the work and thinking. Reczek and Annabel Edwards, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, have combined in a unique collaboration and have been mentoring Jarrett Dillenburger ’17, a senior Chemistry major, to study dynamic assembly of floating films as potential organic semiconductors from the surface of water.
Collaborating between Reczek’s lab expertise in the synthesis of organic materials, and Edward’s lab expertise in molecular interfaces and thin film characterization, the team worked to understand how the molecular packing of these floating films could be enhanced in order to promote better charge transfer in organic electronics.