Updated: Jun 6, 2018
Brandon is currently studying at Xavier University (LA) in New Orleans. His research interest are focused on Green Chemistry so he came to Cincinnati and worked with Professor James Mack on synthesizing polyaromatic hydrocarbons using mechanochemistry. Traditionally long linear PAHs are insoluble or only soluble in hazardous solvents such as benzene or benzene derivatives. Brandon was looking to alleviate that problem by using solvent-free mechanochemistry to development a more sustainable method to synthesize this important group of compounds.
By using a solventless systems to carry out organic synthesis, Brandon can avoid working with harmful reagents and carrying out tedious operations while synthesing complex organic compounds.
Below is a video of Brandon talking about his experience at Cincinnati.