The CofC Boucher Research Group unites a whole host of exceptional chemistry students, including Dillon Presto ‘16, a CofC Honors student. Dillon’s research was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics. The paper entitled, “P3HT/graphene Composites Synthesized Using In-Situ GRIM Methods”, also includes co-authors Vivian Song (a student at Academic Magnet High School) and his mentor, Dr. David Boucher, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dillon’s research was funded by three Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) grants throughout his collegiate career.
Collaborating with Dr. Boucher, Dillon worked in the research lab for three summers, gaining valuable experiences that would shape his career. His chemistry research was also funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Program grant and the Blalock-Stephenson Undergraduate Summer Research grant.
Dillon and his coauthors have also been invited to present their research at the 68th Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (SERMACS) conference this October in Columbia, SC. The American Chemical Society is the world’s largest scientific society. The South Carolina section of the ACS began in 1914 and is comprised of approximately 700 ACS members. CofC chemistry students routinely attend this conference, often with the help of URCA Research Presentation Grants (RPGs).
Dillon is now working on his PhD in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Akron.