Mitchell Bordelon, 2015 Goldwater Honorable Mention

Mitchell Bordelon

Mitchell began his research career as a college freshman in the lab of Professor Debbie C. Crans in the Department of Chemistry where he helped study the interactions of anti-cancer drugs with a model membrane system. During the summer of 2013, he interned at a pharmaceutical company, Nexgen Pharma working alongside Senior Chemist Rob Banaszak in the Research and Development department to create in-house methods for quality-control quantification of vitamin and drug tablets.

The following fall, Mitchell began assisting Professor James R. Neilson in the Department of Chemistry. Dr. Neilson's lab focuses on understanding fundamental structure-property relationships in solid-state materials, so that researchers can expand their understanding of physical phenomena like frustrated magnetism or superconductivity.

In 2014, Mitchell was awarded a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship to study in Kiel, Germany. For three months, he conducted research on metal-organic frameworks and their possible use in proton conductivity and gas storage applications at Christian-Albrechts-Universität with Professor Norbert Stock and Thomas Homburg.

Last fall, he returned to Dr. Neilson's lab and has been working with Dr. Neilson and Dr. Kate Ross from the Department of Physics on various projects in frustrated magnetism and surface chemistry in condensed matter materials.

When Mitchell is not working in a research laboratory or attending classes, he enjoys tutoring general and organic chemistry at CSU's Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT). He likes to spend his weekends in the Colorado mountains road biking (during all seasons) and snowboarding in the winter.