So far, my work with the Mojica Research Group on the computational studies and Raman spectra of ten different sulfa antibiotics has been successful. I have continued to assign peaks on the different trials for each of the ten drugs. I have started to observe several peaks on the Raman graphs that are present in the different derivatives. However, there are a few differences that I have observed. These results have made me wonder what will happen if I were to obtain the Raman spectra of a mixture of all ten of the derivatives. What peaks will still be present and which ones will disappear?
I have learned a lot of valuable qualities doing this research so far this summer. I have learned that it takes a good amount of time and patience to have Raman spectra on ten different substances, and even more time to assign the peaks for each of the compound.
The next step for this research is to calculate the theoretical Raman spectra using the software Gaussian. I will then compare the theoretical data and the experimental data. I also hope to obtain more sulfa derivatives to add to this experiment. The more sulfa drugs I have the opportunity to test the more accurate my data will be. I will continue this study in the coming school year.