Rachael Kipp, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone: 617-305-1928
Fax: 617-573-8668
Email: rkipp@suffolk.edu
Office: Archer Building, Rm. 612

Education

  • PhD, Tulane University
  • BS, University of Rochester

Teaching

  • Suffolk University, Boston, MA (January 2004-present)

Current Research Projects

SHArK Project

Metal oxide semiconductors seem to be a promising avenue to efficiently and inexpensively photoelectrolyze water producing hydrogen that could later be used as an energy carrier. No one metal oxide semiconductor or combination of different metal oxides is currently known to proficiently split water to generate hydrogen.

Due to the vast number of possible combinations, a distributed research project called the Solar Hydrogen Activity Research Kit (SHArK) Project was created by Bruce Parkinson (University of Wyoming), in order to mobilize many different schools to test various metal oxide combinations for their effectiveness. The Suffolk University SHArK group has collected data using the pipetting method.

Analysis of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

The detection of sulfonamide antibiotics in soil samples is complicated by the presence of many other compounds. In an effort to detect antibiotics in soil samples using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS), a method was adapted for the derivatization of sulfonamides in order to make the compounds volatile enough for GC analysis. This well characterized derivatization reaction presents a means to detect and characterize sulfonamide antibiotics in soil samples, despite low concentrations and the high number of other compounds present.

Recent Presentations

  • Roberts, K. B., Kipp, R. A., 11th Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment, "Detection of Sulfonamide Antibiotics Using GCMS," Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA. (December 1, 2012).
  • Feister, K., Milo, B., Kipp, R. A., 11th Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment, "Method Development for Project SHArK: Standardizing the Pipetting Method," Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA. (December 1, 2012).
  • Rice, A., Kipp, R. A., Hogan, P., 10th Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment, "Characterization of Partitioning Behavior of Sulfonamides: Implications for Environmental Persistence," Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. (November 19, 2011).
  • Lu, S., Feister, K., Simnam, E., Hogan, P., Kipp, R. A., 10th Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment, "Project SHArK at Suffolk University," Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. (November 19, 2011).
  • Shaw, J., Kipp, R. A., Hogan, P., 10th Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment, "Shoes and Shirts Get You More Than Just Food Service: Clothing as Personal Monitoring Devices," Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. (November 19, 2011).

Research Experience

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (January 2000-November 2003), Advisor: George L. McLendon

Development and utilization of a fluorescence based assay to screen small molecule mimics of natural binding partners of inhibitor of apoptosis proteins. Exploration of the parameters of the binding interaction and also the development of potential drug candidates.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (May 1995-December 1999), Advisor: Russell H. Schmehl

Investigations of transition metal complex photophysics using optical and electrochemical techniques.

University of Rochester (June-Aug 1992, June 1993-May 1994), Advisor: David G. Whitten

Synthesis and characterization of picket fence porphyrins and an unsymmetrically substituted phthalocyanine for potential use in photodynamic therapy of cancer.

Courses

Laboratory Courses

General Chemistry I and II
Physical Chemistry I and II
Inorganic Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis

Lecture Courses

General Chemistry I and II
Instrumental Analysis
Inorganic Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry