Celebrating at the 76th Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention are, from left, Justin Teesdale, John Burmeister and Greg Darone.

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2 UD students placed first, second at chemists convention

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4:28 p.m., April 17, 2012--Two University of Delaware students took top honors in the Inorganic Division at the 76th Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention, held April 14 at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. 

Justin Teesdale, a senior chemistry major from Stratford, N.J., received the first place award, and Gregory Darone, a sophomore chemistry education major from Middletown, Del., took second place.

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Teesdale, who works in the laboratory of Joel Rosenthal, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, won first place for his presentation entitled "Rhenium Platforms Supporting Ancillary BODIPY Chromophores for Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Fuels."

Darone, whose mentor is Svilen Bobev, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was honored for his presentation describing "Tetragonal to Orthorhombic Crystal Structure Transitions in Ho(Ga[1-x]Si[x])[2]."

Both Teesdale and Darone received Plastino Alumni Undergraduate Research Fellowships last summer. 

Darone has the distinction of being both the first UD freshman and the first UD sophomore to receive an ISCC presentation award. 

The two awards garnered April 14 have pushed the all-time UD ISCC awards total to exactly 100. Ursinus College is in second place, with 72 awards.

The two presenters were accompanied by John Burmeister, Alumni Distinguished Professor and associate chairperson of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This was Burmeister's 47th consecutive ISCC.

Next year's ISCC will be held at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. 

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