Event Title

Examining the Effects of Small Molecules on the Self-Polymerization of Dopamine

Location

Virtual presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-27-2020 8:00 AM

End Date

5-2-2020 5:00 PM

Abstract

In the Belitsky Lab, we are studying the effects of small molecules on the oxidative self-polymerization of dopamine in solution. This polymerization yields a melanin-like polymer, which strongly absorbs in the visible light region. The extent of polymerization can therefore be monitored quantitatively via UV-Vis spectroscopy. The Belitsky Lab is studying a library of small molecules and categorically assessing their ability to promote or inhibit polymerization. Applications of polydopamine include its use as a heavy-metal filter for water.

Notes

Click here to view this poster at the Office of Undergraduate Research website from April 27-May 2, 2020.

Major

Biochemistry; Chemistry

Project Mentor(s)

Jason Belitsky, Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Apr 27th, 8:00 AM May 2nd, 5:00 PM

Examining the Effects of Small Molecules on the Self-Polymerization of Dopamine

Virtual presentation

In the Belitsky Lab, we are studying the effects of small molecules on the oxidative self-polymerization of dopamine in solution. This polymerization yields a melanin-like polymer, which strongly absorbs in the visible light region. The extent of polymerization can therefore be monitored quantitatively via UV-Vis spectroscopy. The Belitsky Lab is studying a library of small molecules and categorically assessing their ability to promote or inhibit polymerization. Applications of polydopamine include its use as a heavy-metal filter for water.