Honor’s College Freeman Research Journal


Jaida Lewis

Date of Award

Fall 5-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Hector Miranda Jr.


This thesis reports on three significant science projects I have done during my undergraduate years. The first part is on the effect of Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic, two active ingredients in face wash for acne control, on MCF-7, epithelial cells. My assays suggested that salicylic acid lowered the viability of the MCF-7 cells, meaning it is more likely to decrease the viability of acne cells, while benzoyl peroxide did not seem to have any effect at all, meaning it is safer to use on the skin. My second research involved measurement of heavy metals, such as aluminum, nickel, cadmium, lead, and chromium in commercial drinking water. Heavy metals are in each bottle of water someone drinks and the long term effects go unnoticed because the percentage is so small. The final research involved Isosorbide Methacrylate (IM). The heat of the reaction for Isosorbide Methacrylate is about 40 kJ/mol, for Isobomyl Acrylate (IBOA) the heat of reaction is about 80 kJ/mol, for IA it is about 65 kJ/mol and BP AM had a heat of reaction from 50 kJ/mol to 79 kJ/mol. Mixtures ofIM and IBOA had higher heats of reaction than IM and a lower heat of reaction than IBOA.

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Chemistry Commons



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