Notre Dame Researchers to Participate, Speak at 2016 PittCon

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The 2016 PittCon Conference and Expo

Researchers from the University of Notre Dame will participate in the 2016 PittCon Conference and Expo, the world’s largest annual premier conference on laboratory science.

“It’s an exciting time for Notre Dame to be at PittCon due to the significant growth in, and successes for, research and innovation taking place at the University,” said Richard Cox, director of Technology Transfer. “This event gives us the opportunity to share these developments and network with so many other groups along the way.”Throughout the weeklong event, attending Notre Dame entities, including Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics, NDnano, the Materials Characterization Facility, as well as Technology Transfer will share with the more than 16,000 attendees from industry, academia, and government what is new in research at Notre Dame.

Several University faculty will showcase their research through symposia at PittCon. Amanda B. Hummon, Huisking Foundation, Inc. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Zachary Schultz, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will both lead symposia that include presentations by faculty members from Northwestern University, Purdue University, the University of Minnesota, and more.

Speaking about her PittCon presentation, Hummon said, “Notre Dame has a dynamic team of researchers dedicated to solving some of the greatest healthcare challenges of our generation, including cancer, sepsis, and more. I am honored to be sharing some of my contributions to this research with PittCon attendees by presenting the cutting-edge research taking place at Notre Dame on colorectal cancer alongside Professor Heather Desaire from the University of Kansas, who is presenting her work on HIV vaccines, and Professor Rena Robinson from the University of Pittsburgh, who will present her studies on the biomarkers of sepsis.”

Additionally, Paul Bohn, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Norman Dovichi, Grace-Rupley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; and Jon Camden, associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry will also present at symposia hosted by various researchers.

Camden will specifically be speaking about his team’s work on field deployable ultrasensitive detection using surface-enhanced Raman scattering, or SERS, which have applications in both nuclear forensics and environmental contaminants. His research shows that there is a capability of SERS-based analysis to be used for affordable, on-site detection.

“One environmental contaminant that can be detected through this process is hydrazine,” said Camden. “Hydrazine is a colorless flammable liquid that is highly toxic and dangerously unstable. Through SERS based analysis, detection requires less than 15 minutes and the cost of materials per sample analysis is less than $0.01.”

Additionally, more than 10 graduate students from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will participate in poster or oral presentations throughout the week.

PittCon 2016 begins March 6, 2016 and will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. If you would like to learn more about the many events taking place at PittCon, please visit pittcon.org. For a full list of University of Notre Dame participants by activity please see below:

Exhibitors:
• Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics
• NDnano
• Materials Characterization Facility
• Tech Transfer
• Corporate Relations

Faculty Symposium Participants:
• Paul Bohn, Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Jon Camden, associate professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Norman Dovichi, Grace-Rupley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Amanda B. Hummon, Huisking Foundation, Inc. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Zachary Schultz, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ralph N. Adams Award Presenter:
• Norman Dovichi, Grace-Rupley Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Poster and Oral Presentation Participants:
• Emily A. Amenson, Graduate Student
• Jennifer Arceo, Graduate Student
• Matthew R. Bailey, Graduate Student
• Ju-Young Kim, Graduate Student
• Darby Nelson, Graduate Student
• Anh H Nguyen, Graduate Student
• Elizabeth H. Peuchen, Graduate Student
• Andrew W. Schmudlach, Graduate Student
• Hao Wang, Graduate Student
• Lifu Xiao, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Contact
Brandi R. Klingerman / Communications Specialist
Notre Dame Research / University of Notre Dame
bklinger@nd.edu / 574.631.8183
research.ed.edu /@UNDResearch

About Notre Dame Research
The University of Notre Dame is a private research and teaching university inspired by its Catholic mission. Located in South Bend, Indiana, its researchers are advancing human understanding through research, scholarship, education, and creative endeavor in order to be a repository for knowledge and a powerful means for doing good in the world. For more information, please see research.nd.edu or @UNDResearch.

Originally published by Brandi Klingerman at research.nd.edu on March 03, 2016.