Presentation Title

Amino Acid Racemization

University

Shawnee State University

Major

Chemistry

Student Type

Undergraduate Student

Presentation Types

Poster Group Presentation

Keywords:

Amino Acid, Racemization, Rocks

Description

Racemization is the process in which one enantiomer of a compound, such as an amino acid, converts to the opposite enantiomer. The degree of racemization is then measured using polarimetry and chromatography. These measurements are then used to estimate the rate at which one enantiomer is converted to the other. We are using the known rate to determine the life span of amino acids found in rock samples from the Bahamas. This will allow us to approximate the age of the rocks, therefore determine the age of the islands.

Faculty Sponsor Name

Derek Jones

Faculty Sponsor Title

Associate Professor, Natural Sciences

Faculty Sponsor Academic Department

Natural Sciences

Location

Morris UC Lobby

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Amino Acid Racemization

Morris UC Lobby

Racemization is the process in which one enantiomer of a compound, such as an amino acid, converts to the opposite enantiomer. The degree of racemization is then measured using polarimetry and chromatography. These measurements are then used to estimate the rate at which one enantiomer is converted to the other. We are using the known rate to determine the life span of amino acids found in rock samples from the Bahamas. This will allow us to approximate the age of the rocks, therefore determine the age of the islands.