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Chemical Analysis & Nanochemistry Lab


Dr. Brian Kennedy

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Chemical Analysis Research (CAR) integrates many aspects of Chemistry, including Inorganic and Organic Synthesis and Characterization, chemical nanotechnology, utilization of instrumentation such as Fluorescence, Fourier Transform-Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman Spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography, Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy, etc.  There are also numerous students involved in the TJ Mentorship Program that are engaged in research at the Naval Research Laboratory, United States Geological Survey, NIH, Walter Reed Army Hospital, and within local colleges and private organizations.  If you are interested in competitions such as Intel STS, Siemens, or Science Fair, you should explore and apply for summer research opportunities (such as SEAP, GMU, NIH, etc.).  Many past CAR students have been very successful in these competitions so are encouraged and supported to compete in all such opportunities.

AP Chemistry must be completed as a prerequisite; the Organic Chemistry elective can be either a perquisite or co-requisite (with Dr. Kennedy’s written permission) in conjunction with Chemical Analysis Research.  The combination of Chemical Analysis Research with Organic Chemistry is valuable for students, especially those desiring to pursue collegiate areas in the natural and physical sciences, engineering disciplines, or other related areas such as medicine.  Considering the opportunities available within the lab, students are expected to be highly motivated to take the initiative to complete a challenging, unique chemistry-based research project.


  • Adsorption and CO2 Selectivity of Cyclodexterin-Based Metal Organic Frameworks
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Biodegradable Polylactide using Green Chemistry Methods
  • Analyzing Product Yield from Bromination of Pentane using Different Instrumental Methods
  • Voltammetric Measurement of the Electrochemical Properties of Carboxylic Acids
  • Green Synthesis of a Renewable Polymer from δ-Decalactone and L-Lactide
  • Application of Flame Test to Identify Metal Content in Solutions Using Digital Cameras
  • Analyzing the Properties of Different Types of Honey
  • Reducing Heavy Metal Ion Concentrations in Water Through Chelating Agents
  • Soap and Sound: Synthesis of Graphene by Exfoliation
  • Effect of Temperature, Concentration, and pH on Silver Nanoparticle Synthesis
  • Using Scavengers to Determine Mechanisms of Chemiluminescence
  • Anthracene & Turmeric: Learning Fluorescence using UV/Vis, FT-IR, & Fluorometry
  • Developing Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices Capable of Organic Synthesis
  • An Investigation of the Catalysis Involved with Dendrimer-Encapsulated Nanoparticles
  • Microfluidic synthesis of iron oxide/SnO2 nanoparticles


  • Intel STS, Siemens, and Science Fair Semi-Finalists and Finalists;
  • MIT InventTeam Grant Award
  • Dr. Kennedy selected to be an American Chemical Society Expert for STEM Education




  • FTIR
  • Potentiostat
  • Fluorescence
  • UV/Vis and visible spectrometers
  • MelTemp
  • Refractometry
  • Ultrasonic probes
  • Digitial Microscopes
  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • GC/MS


  • TJHSST Partnership Fund
  • Dominion Education Foundation
  • ExxonMobil
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – InvenTeam Program
  • Northrop Grumman



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