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Shea Kraemer Receives MS2Discovery Early Student Researcher Award

Shea Kraemer was the Recipient of the MS2Discovery Early Student Research Award in 2020. The foundations of his research include investigating the interactions between the blood protein albumin, and the toxic element arsenic, as they adsorb to hematite nanoparticles. Because the presence of competing ligands that can be found in nature can increase the overall activity of arsenic in groundwater and soil systems. His research opens an area for looking into new competing mechanisms and the magnitude of the effect that they can cause. The primary questions he is trying to answer with his research is:

1) What are the thermodynamic and kinetic interactions of bovine serum albumin with hematite nanoparticles?

2) What is the impact of these in interactions from bovine serum albumin when in the presence of arsenic?

Shea’s research aims to provide a new perspective on modeling the bioavailability of free moving arsenic in natural environments, and if the impact of wildlife degradation can play a substantial role in increasing arsenic levels.

Shea Kraemer is graduating after the Winter of 2021 where he will receive his Honors Bachelor of Science in chemistry, with a concentration in materials and applied physical chemistry. His primary research interests are surface analysis methods and analytical modeling. During his undergraduate, his research focused on environmental impacts of arsenic pollution. He welcomed the opportunity to work under the supervision of professor Hind Al-Abadleh, in her research lab on the Wilfrid Laurier campus.
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