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Lehman Junior Wins a Prestigious Award…Again

September 10, 2010

Dr. Andrei Jitianu, left, and Doreen Aboagye, at work in the lab.

Doreen Aboagye, a junior at Lehman College, was awarded the 2010 Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry from the American Chemical Society for research that could lead to longer-lasting electronics. Aboagye is a fellow in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (AMPS).

"Doreen is a dedicated student," says Dr. Andrei Jitianu, a Lehman chemistry professor who is her mentor. "Anyone would be happy to have her working in his lab." Aboagye's research was supported financially by a PSC-CUNY-40 grant.

Under the guidance of Dr. Jitianu, her mentor, Aboagye is working on developing new airtight barriers using fluoro-modified melting gels—that increases a surface's ability to repel water. The practical application of such barriers could help increase the lifetime of electronics, such as LCD screens, which can be damaged by humidity, gasses and moisture from the atmosphere.

"This is a marvelous testament to Doreen's hard work and diligence, as well as her innate abilities," said Dr. Edward L. Jarroll, the College's Dean of Natural and Social Sciences.

This isn't the first time that Aboagye, a native of Ghana, has won a prestigious award. Last October she won the second place at the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Student Research Conference. Aboagye won for a poster detailing her research on how an enzyme extracted from horseradish can detect contaminants in the environment.

After graduating in 2012, Aboagye is planning on earning her doctorate degree in an M.D./Ph.D program, possibly in medicine and biomedical research.

The American Chemical Society is a Congressionally chartered independent membership organization that represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.