Metallorganic Synthesis of A-Amino Acids
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Amino acids are important biological compounds and useful chemical reagents in many chemistry applications. The ongoing investigation of the synthesis of α-amino acids was done via a metallorganic reaction of imines using a titanium complex. Such reaction procedures required low temperature and a controlled anhydrous environment. The products were analyzed and characterized using 34 infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatographic techniques. Infrared spectra peaks confirm the presence of a carboxylic acid functional group. Further experiments are being conducted to further study α-amino acid synthesis.
Mentor: Dr. John Gitua
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