James McDaniel

Mentor: Dr. Lisa McElwee-White
College of Liberal Arts and Science
"I want to eventually get a Doctoral degree in Chemistry, and undergraduate research seemed like a good step toward making that happen."





Research Interests

  • Organic Synthesis
  • Organometallics
  • Drug Development

Academic Awards

  • HHMI Science forLife
  • Baylor SMART Program


  • Housing and Residence Education


  • N/A

Hobbies and Interests

  • Video Games
  • Food
  • Sports

Research Description

Synthesis and Surface Reactions of Novel Gold Precursors for Electron-Beam Induced Nanoparticle Depositions
In this project, we hope to develop a gold complex, that when subjected to electron beam induced deposition (EBID) conditions, that will deposit with high purity. There have been complexes previously developed that are able to be used; however, they are generally very sensitive to temperature, air, and moisture. In order to overcome these issues, we will be using highly acidic P-F bonds in our ligands to promote deposition under EBID conditions.