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Chemistry / Earth Sciences

Current Research

The Chemistry & Earth Sciences Department at LACC has started collaboration with UT San Antonio and UCLA to study Silver Lipoate Clusters. Our studies are focused on developing synthetic methodologies that enable the self-assembly of the silver clusters. While silver is known for antimicrobial properties, our goals are to bind beta-lactam (penicillin) based molecules that further enhance microbiological activities.

Diagrams of Antiviral & Bactericidal Activity of Silver Lipoate Clusters

Learn More About the Project Here

The research is supervised by two adjunct faculty and one fulltime faculty and provides challenges similar to four-year research institutions. Students that have completed their chemistry classes including Chemistry 211 at LACC are eligible to apply and participate in this publishable and cutting edge research. For more information please contact the Department Chair.

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