Jesse Kern

More than scratching the surface: Students test durability of antimicrobial materials

Leif Kvarnes and professor Peter Sheldon build a machine to test the durability of antimicrobial surface samples

If you’ve recently visited a public place such as a gym, an airport, or a doctor’s office, you might have noticed a rough texture applied to the door knobs, toilet handles, and other frequently touched surfaces. The special material is called an antimicrobial surface, and many businesses are now incorporating the self-cleaning technology to help... READ MORE >>

Kern co-authors research for American Chemical Society journal

Jesse Kern

Research co-authored by Randolph chemistry professor Jesse Kern and several faculty at the University of Tennessee has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the American Chemical Society journal, ACS Catalysis. The article, “Elucidation of the Reaction Mechanism of C2 + N1 Aziridination from Tetracarbene Iron Catalysts,” is a combined computational and experimental... READ MORE >>

Turning hydrogen peroxide green

Yuriy Snyder '19 (left) and chemistry professor Jesse Kern test a molecule using computational modeling software

In addition to its antiseptic properties, hydrogen peroxide is used in water treatment, textile and paper bleaching, as detergent, and as an oxidizing agent. But despite its many uses, the production process can be expensive and harmful to the environment. This summer, Randolph chemistry professor Jesse Kern and Yuriy Snyder ’19 are working to find... READ MORE >>

Randolph chemistry professor co-authors paper in Chemical Communications

Jesse Kern

Chemistry professor Jesse Kern co-authored a paper that was published this month in the journal, Chemical Communications. The paper is titled “Catalytic Aziridination with Alcoholic Substrates Via a Chromium Tetracarbene Catalyst” and gives examples of aziridination catalysis with a chromium complex. Kern began his research on the topic as a post-doctoral research associate at the... READ MORE >>

Kern brings computational chemistry experience to Randolph faculty

Jesse Kern

When students think about chemistry, they don’t typically consider the creative aspects of the subject. New chemistry professor Jesse Kern is hoping to show another side of the chemistry to his students. “I want to bring an open-minded, softer, and more flexible approach to studying chemistry,” Kern said. “It’s not necessarily all about the exact... READ MORE >>