David Stone, senior chemistry major, received the outstanding podium presentation award at the 2012 Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) under the direction of Dr. Shaobin Miao, assistant professor of chemistry.
Stone won for his research on The Synthesis of a Large Dihydroheteroacene which is premised on the synthesis of a specific organic semiconductor he has been working on for the past year and a half.
“The semiconductor that I have been synthesizing, with Dr. Miao as my mentor, has surpassed many of the common issues that generally plague organic semiconductors, such as poorer electron field mobility as compared to silicon, poor solubility in common solvents, and poor stability to light and air exposure,” said Stone.
More than 1,500 chemists and chemistry students from throughout the Southeast including Puerto Rico attend SERMACS, the major regional chemistry meeting of the year. Stone was one of seven Augusta State students to present at the conference.
According to Tom Crute, chair of the chemistry and physics department, “This is the most students I can recall that have had abstracts accepted for this annual conference.” The students also were accompanied by four faculty members, some who also presented, and a few ASU research students who did not make presentations.
“Winning this award shows that the undergraduate research done in ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics is on the same standard as the research being conducted at some of the biggest research universities in the Southeast, since I won my award while presenting alongside students from Georgia Tech, Furman, UNC, and Vanderbilt,” added Stone.