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Samantha De Abreu

Acknowledgement to Mentor:  "I have been blessed to have Dr. Manson as a research mentor for the past couple years. He has given me the opportunity to work on innovative research and provided me with the opportunity to develop both analytical and instrumental skills during my tenure in his lab. Dr. Manson is always available to help answer questions for his research assistants and to provide greater understanding and explanations for the mechanisms behind our experiments. He allows us the opportunity to grow as researchers through continual improvement and modification of our techniques to achieve optimal results. I am filled with gratitude for the time and energy he has invested in me as my faculty mentor.  As I prepare for graduate school, I am confident knowing that his continued support and guidance will help me to forge a path to accomplish my dreams and goals."






Samantha De Abreu is a sophomore majoring in chemistry with a biochemistry emphasis. She is interested in utilizing green chemistry to minimize our impact on the environment and create a more sustainable society. Samantha is a CRLA certified tutor and enjoys helping other students learn about chemistry. She has worked as a PLUS facilitator, private tutor and a T.A. for chemistry labs during her time at eastern as well as participating in the ACS club and MeCHA. She hopes to attend graduate school and go on to do research and teach chemistry.

Abstract: Tuning single-ion anisotropy in molecular Ni(II) coordination complexes containing imidazole and pyrazole ligand types

While some molecular Ni(II) coordination complexes containing combinations of halide anions and organic ligands are known, truly systematic studies are lacking and often omit fluoride and iodide derivatives. We are especially interested in near-octahedral trans-coordinated NiN4X2 systems where X is F, Cl, Br, I and N is a donor atom belonging to an imidazole- or pyrazole-based ligand. The goal is to create high quality single crystals suitable for detailed structural and magnetic investigation. We aim to better understand the determining factors leading to single-ion anisotropy (D) while eliminating exchange interactions (J). Thus far, we have successfully synthesized several of the desired analogs and portions of this work, including X-ray crystallography, UV-Vis spectroscopy, pulsed-field magnetization, and electron-spin resonance will be presented.


Dr. Jamie Manson, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, EWU


TRiO McNair Research Internship:___________________________________________________________

Tuning Single-ion Anisotropy in Molecular Ni(II) Coordination Complexes Containing Imidazole and Pyrazole Analogs (2013)

While some structural data exists for Ni(II) molecular coordination complexes containing halide anions  and organic ligands, the literature tends to be outdated and systematic studies using chemical tunability have not been performed, often leaving out complexes containing the less commonly utilized members of the halide family, Fluoride and Iodide. Synthesis of these compounds has been carried out using Ni(II) coordinated to 2 halides and 4 organic ligands where the Halide is F,Cl,Br,I and the ligand can be a variety of organic molecules such as imidazole, benzimidazole, pyrazole or 4-methyl-1H-pyrazole. The goal is to create high quality singular crystals which can then undergo various instrumental testing. Once synthesized, these molecular complexes have an advantage over polymers in that they provide us with the unique opportunity to study the single-ion anisotropy (J) of the system while minimizing the interference of exchange interactions (J). Pulsed field data, electron resonance spectroscopy and x-ray data can provide additional insight into magnetic and structural properties of these materials and allow for a comparison of theoretical models to experimental data.


Honors and Awards:______________________________________________________________________

  • McNair Scholar Summer Internship, Awarded $2,800. The goal of the McNair Program is to increase the attainment of PhD degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society. (2014)



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