Elise Miner, an undergraduate senior majoring in chemistry, has been selected to participate in the Northeastern (regional) Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) and the Northeastern Section of the Younger Chemists Committee (NSYCC) 2014 Germany Exchange Program.  This annual program is a collaborative effort between NESACS/NSYCC and their German counterparts the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker and the JungChemikerForum (GDCh/JCF) to provide German and American students cultural and research experiences abroad.  Elise, along with eleven other graduate and undergraduate students from NESACS-affiliated universities will travel to Jena, Germany March 22nd-30th, 2014 to present their research at the JCF Spring Symposium (JCF-Frühjahrssymposium), network with scientists from around the world, and engage in German culture and academics.

During the symposium, Elise will present a talk titled “Expedited synthesis, and structural and kinetic studies of non-platinum group metal-organic framework electrocatalysts.” Elise’s research, conducted at the Northeastern University Center for Renewable Energy Technology (led by Professor Sanjeev Mukerjee, NU Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology), addresses the need for developing cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable energy alternatives to fossil fuel combustion.  Elise commented: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity provided by NESACS/NSYCC in conjunction with GDCh/JCF to promote and discuss renewable energy research, as well as broaden my own perspective on international academics and culture.  Thanks to the extensive research opportunities at and support from Northeastern University, I have been able to discover my passion for this area of research, and aspire to continue such work in graduate school next year and in my future career.”