Chemistry and biochemistry graduate student Anoklase Ayitou has been awarded a scholarship to attend and present his recent research findings at the Green Chemistry Gordon Research Seminar and Conference July 21-27 in Lucca (Barga), Italy.
Ayitou’s graduate research focuses on the use of light as a benign reagent to make molecular building blocks with unique stereospecific features. Ayitou’s selection follows his participation in the 2011 American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Summer School in Montreal, Canada. The society’s green chemistry credo is to promote green chemistry awareness and sustainable development.
Ayitou also was selected by American Chemical Society’s Division of Organic Chemistry to present his research at the Graduate Research Symposium scheduled July 27-29 in Boulder, Colo. The meeting provides opportunities for graduate students to interact with leaders in academia, industry, various funding agencies and publishers. Due to the schedule conflict between the two conferences, Ayitou declined the invitation to the symposium.
In the fall semester, Ayitou will be a fifth-year doctoral student in the lab of Sivaguru Jayaraman, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry.
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