Kayla McKinnon’s Research Project at Rutgers-Camden

September 6, 2017

Kayla McKinnon, a senior at LEAP Academy worked under the direction of Dr. David Salas-de la Cruz, Assistant Professor for the Department of Chemistry and Center of Computational and Integrative Biology during the summer as part of the American Chemistry Society SEED program. The ACS Project SEED summer research program opens new doors for economically disadvantaged students to experience what is like to be a chemist. Kayla worked in the laboratory conducting  investigations to better understand the recyclability of ionic liquid and its interaction with sill/cellulose biomaterials. Her research was important to advance Dr. Salas’ research because she was able to discover remnant of silk and cellulose chain in the solution. In addition, she found out that the ionic liquid could only be used one time without treatment. This means that water as a cleaning agent does not guarantee an increase in purity. Her contribution resulted in changes in the research protocol. She presented her study with her colleagues during a closing of the program.  Click here to see her work.