Wrapping Up and Planning Ahead: Final Blog Post of the Summer

While my summer has been chaotic, I have learned so much and developed a real passion for the research I have been doing, to the point that I hope to continue much of it throughout this coming year.

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Summer in Review

The summer is finally over, and school is starting in less than a week. Time seems to have flown by all too quickly! Looking back over the last three months of on-and-off research, I’ve decided that I really enjoyed it and it has been a unique experience.

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Research Check-In Part 3

It has been confirmed by spectroscopy techniques that my desired ligand has been synthesized, although in small quantity. The next step is to attach the ligand to a metal in order to form a catalytic compound. The chemical reaction which combines the ligand and the metal was performed and the resulting substance was allowed to sit undisturbed in an attempt to crystallize. In this method of crystallization, the substance is dissolved in a liquid solvent #1, which is placed either below or on top of a liquid solvent #2 in a vial. The substance cannot be dissolved in solvent #2. As solvents #1 and #2 begin to mix, the substance slowly travels from #1 to #2 and precipitates out into solid crystals. Once the crystals have precipitated, they can be electrochemically tested for hydrogen oxidation. I will soon be synthesizing more of the initial ligand so that more metal compound syntheses can be attempted.

End of Summer Research: Findings on Marriage and Proposals in Victorian Novels

We are the end, folks. Or, well, the end of the summer at least. For me I will still be sending the next eight months on this project. And I am so happy I got a head start in the last three months.

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Final Research Blog: Affinity Groups & African American Women Graduate Students


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