Donivan Porterfield

ISEF 2014 – American Chemical Society Special Awards

Discussion created by Donivan Porterfield on May 17, 2014

The American Chemical Society awarded the following Special Awards at the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (May 11-16) in Los Angeles, California:


The American Chemical Society Education Division promotes excellence in science education and science literacy through a number of activities supporting teachers and learners of chemistry. Through its participation in Intel ISEF, ACS encourages and supports high school students in their exploration of the chemical sciences through research experiences.



First Award of $4,000

Synthesis of Benzodifuran Derivatives for Solar Cells

Valerie Youngmi Sarge, 17, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Lexington, Kentucky



Second Award of $3,000

Development of a Therapeutic Drug for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Chemical Approach to Cease Amyloidosis

Yarim Lee, 17, Townsend Harris High School, Flushing, New York



Third Award of $2,000

Building a Library of Difluoro- and Trifluoro- Artemisinins, Year Two

Shreya Sundaresh Ramayya, 16, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Rolling Hills Estates, California



Fourth Award of $1,000

A Monte Carlo Protein Folding Simulation using Energy Optimization with Novel Applications to Alzheimer's Disease Research

Niranjan Balachandar, 17, Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, Denton, Texas



Certificate of Honorable Mention

In Search of Genomic Dark Matter: A Novel Method for the Global Identification of Active Regulatory Elements

Carlo Bocconcelli, 17, Falmouth Academy, Falmouth, Massachusetts


Carbonized Pineapple Peel (CPP) Waste as Low Cost Adsorbent for Acid and Reactive Dyes Removal

Meor Zulhilmi Syahir Ahmad Shohailee, 17, Tun Syed Sheh Shahabudin Science Secondary Boarding School, Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia


The Synthesis and Characterization of EGCG-PLGA Conjugates and Mixtures: A Novel Biomaterial for Tissue Engineering

Anubhuti Mathur, 16, Glastonbury High School, Glastonbury, Connecticut


Gold Nanoparticles: Efficient Synthesis of Catalytically Active Nanoparticles Using a One-Pot Method

Justin Cheung, 17, Commack High School, Commack, New York


Magnetic Field Modulation for Assembly and Manipulation of Responsive Nanoscale Optical Systems

Michael Janner, 18, Redlands East Valley High School, Redlands, California


Development of Highly Efficient and Stable Dye-sensitized Solar Cells Using Natural Hydrangea macrophylla Dyes

Mie Yamanaka, 17, Miyagi Prefectural Sendai Daini Senior High School, Sendai-City, Japan



All award winners and honorable mentions receive a subscription to ChemMatters.

Further information about the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and related programs is available at: