Independent Research 2000
Title:Thermodynamic Analysis of Chiral Separations in Normal Phase HPLC
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Salotto
Abstract: The enantiloselectivity of mandelic acid and various optically active derivatives on a chiral stationary phase in normal phase HPLC was previously investigated. The study revealed that chiral centers with certain functional groups require bridging with methyl or ethyl groups for separation to occur. This observation is being investigated through thermodynamic analysis of two series of analytes in the same mobile phase with a view towards determining the enthalpic and entropic contributions to adsorption.
Title: Management of Financial Distress: The Case of Macy’s Department Stores
Mentor: Dr. P. V. Viswanath
Abstract: This paper focuses on conflicts of interest in the case of Macy’s Department Stores during a period when the company faced management buyout, and was ultimately acquired by Federated Department Stores (1986-1994). Analysis of the financially-distressed company reveals the bondholders did not aggressively react to the stockholders’ transfer of wealth. Moreover, this paper examines the analysts’, vendors’, rivals’, and all other affected parties’ reactions to significant changes in the financial status of the company over several years of its operation.
Title:The Nature of Mathematics Through Real analysis
Mentor: Dr. Peter Knopf
Abstract: This paper will focus on the construction of mathematical concepts, from the number line and basic operations, to their more general functional definitions. Topics will include the real numbers, fields, and metrics spaces, with a focus upon the necessity for strict definitions and proofs.
Mentors: Dr. Frances Gustavson
Abstract: This paper analyzes the development of a connectivity model using a fusion of next-generation technologies. The technologies examined include dense wavelength division multiplexing, quantum computing, Internet Protocol Version 6, and ‘Blue Tooth.’ The system developed encompasses these technologies and revolutionizes the perception of computing as it is known today.