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    Attending: Iowa State University, Ph.D. Chemistry

     

    Acknowledgement to Mentor: I would like to thank my mentor, Dr. Yao Houndonougbo, for his dedicated mentorship. His knowledge and guidance has helped me to build my research skills, and I am very grateful for his patience and encouragement during the research process. His mentorship has been invaluable to me and I cannot thank him enough for all that he has taught me.

     

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    Melissa Rhodehouse  is a junior majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics at Eastern Washington University. Melissa became interested in chemistry and mathematics when she was in high school, where she graduated top ten in her class. In her spare time Melissa loves playing tennis and is President of Eastern Washington University’s Tennis Club. As a first generation college student Melissa values education and is grateful for the opportunities she has been given.

     

    Mentor:_________________________________________________________________________________

    Dr. Yao Houndonougbo, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, EWU

     

    TRiO McNair Research Internship:___________________________________________________________

    Molecular Simulation of Adsorption Separation of CH4/CO2 in Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (2012)

    Rhodehouse, Melissa (Dr. Yao Houndonougbo), Chemistry and Biochemistry, Eastern Washingoton University, Washington

    A series of five zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) with five different 4,5-functionalized imidazole units, namely ZIF-25, -71, -93, -96, -97 with RHO topologies are explored for their uptake of carbon dioxide and methane. Grand Conical Monte Carlo simulations will be used to calculate the uptake capacity of these gases for each ZIF and the results will be used to determine suitable Force Field parameters that accurately model experimental adsorption data. The Force Field parameters will be further used to simulate adsorption of mixtures of carbon dioxide and methane of varying concentrations. The results will help screen ZIF materials for their use in carbon dioxide and methane adsorption and separation.

     

    Conference Presentations:_________________________________________________________________

    Computation of Physico-Chemical Properties of Mammalian Lipid Molecules and Statistical Analysis of the Molecular Properties,

    Molecular Simulations of Adsorption Separation of CO2/CH4 in Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks, 

    Molecular Simulations of Adsorption Separation of CO2/CH4 in Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks,

     

    Honors and Awards:______________________________________________________________________

     

    Publications:_____________________________________________________________________________

    Computation of Physico-Chemical Properties of Mammalian Lipid Molecules and Statistical Analysis of the Molecular Properties. (2013)

    Molecular Simulations of Adsorption Separation of CO2/CH4 in Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks.(2012)

     

    Graduate School Acceptances:______________________________________________________________

    San Diego States University, M.S. Chemistry

    University of North Texas, Ph.D. Chemistry

     Iowa State University, Ph.D. Chemistry

    Oklahoma State University, Ph.D. Chemistry

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    Eastern Washington University
    526 5th Street
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6200 (campus operator)

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