Fall 2009 Issue

Research in motion

Dr. Zuzana Zajickova (second from left) works in the lab with student researchers Joao Luna, Cristina Avila and Emir Rubi.

Dr. Zuzana Zajickova, assistant professor of physical sciences, recently received third place internationally for her research in separation sciences at an annual conference held for the discipline.

Separation science is a collective term for a family of laboratory techniques that involves the separation of mixtures, allowing the original substance to be separated at the molecular level. A few of the practical applications of separation science include the screening of herbicides in water, flavonoids in wine and of anabolic steroids in human fluids.

Zajickova’s research was evaluated at the 33rd International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography and Electrophoresis in Portland, Oregon, in May. She was one of more than 100 people invited to present posters on their research, with researchers invited from academia and industry, as well as engineers, managers, students and technicians.

The annual conference, sponsored by the California Separation Science Society (CASSS), is held in either the United States or Europe each year and pulls participants from throughout the globe.

Zajickova’s research is a continuation of an ongoing project, which has been funded by a competitive grant from the Department of Energy. Her poster titled, “In situ synthesis of inorganic monoliths with a photografted pentafluoropropyl methacrylate coating for applications in capillary liquid chromatography,” illustrates research completed over the past year, including research she completed in the summer of 2008 at the Molecular Foundry user facility at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California.

Zajickova was assisted in her research by Barry University students Joao Luna, Emir Rubi, Rafaela Nita and Vanessa Narciso, as well as fellow researcher Frantisek Svec. She continued the project this past summer with Luna, Rubi and Cristina Marrero during a 10-week research appointment at the Berkeley laboratory.

With more than 4,000 members, CASSS is the premier scientific society for industry, academic and regulatory professionals in separation science