Researchers hope colorful chemistry inspires students

In Cornell’s science labs, there’s a lot of work to be done over the summer.colorful test tubes

Among a lot of research going on in West Science Center, two Cornell College students are creating compounds, or dyes, and exploring how they react to changes in their environment.

“Here we are testing how the dyes react to new temperature,” said Huong Quynh Anh Nguyen. “If we, for example, put this strip into liquid nitrogen, it changes to pink.”

They are working to develop and perfect a lab experiment so other students can conduct it, understanding how dynamic the study of organic chemistry can be if you have an inquisitive mind.

“At the end of the summer we’ll have a better lab and hopefully it can be implemented at other schools,” said Katie Heidt. “Then those students can get the chance to do fun, beautiful things in organic chemistry, instead of just using boring white compounds and clear, colorless liquids.”

“Boring” is a word Professor Charley Liberko never wants to hear. He’s focused on working with the student researchers to perfect this colorful chemistry exploration to inspire students.

“First and foremost, I really want to get more students excited about taking organic lab,” Liberko said.

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