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Department of Chemistry
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    Amy Nicely
    Department of Chemistry
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Amy Nicely grew up in Wexford, Pennsylvania.  She received her B.S. in chemistry from North Carolina State University in 2005.  Amy’s thesis research focuses on the competition between noncovalent interactions in species of biological interest.  She is currently studying the stepwise hydration of cluster ions containing potassium and tryptamine.  Amy’s experimental work is complemented by geometry and frequency calculations as well as a temperature analysis that helps explain how the preferred cluster geometries are affected by changes in temperature.  In general, entropic effects lead colder clusters to favor structures with a greater number of hydrogen bonds compared to warmer clusters.

Aside from her thesis work, Amy is also currently serving as the chair of the East Central Illinois Women Chemists Committee and is a member of the Graduate College Student Advisory Committee (GCSAC).  In her spare time, Amy enjoys scrapbooking and traveling with her husband, Brian.

Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.