Hilary Eppley: Ionic Liquids
Hilary J. Eppley, the resident inorganic chemist is also currently starting her fifth year directing the Science Research Fellows honors program. She spent past academic year and summer working with two research students on two different projects using ionic liquids in inorganic synthesis and synthesizing new gel materials using ionic liquids. In addition to her chemistry research with undergraduates, she is has also working with nine other inorganic chemists from across the country to develop an online community for the teaching of inorganic chemistry and the sharing of teaching resources. This Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists (IONiC, the acronym conveniently spelled using element symbols) includes a virtual online tool (VIPEr, the Virtual Inorganic Pedadogical Electronic Resource http://www.ionicviper.org) and face-to-face collaborative development of teaching materials. The work of IONiC has been supported recently by the National Science Foundation and Chemistry Collaborations, Workshops and Communities of Scholars.