Halfway Point

Okay, so the summer session is technically more than halfway over, but on Friday my lab had our halfway-done meeting.  We all prepared a power point to summarize our projects and the data we had collected so far this summer, and then gave a presentation to the lab.  It provided the perfect opportunity to stop and think about what I had accomplished so far this summer and what I had left to do.

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And It Was All Yellow

Hello again!

Over the past few weeks I have spent most of my time familiarizing myself with different types of yellow dyes and pigments, learning about historic methods of paint making and sifting through the chemistry behind organic yellows.  I can safely say I will never look at the color yellow the same way again.  Despite the hours spent separating minute samples of these colorants, I find the engagement with color to be a fascinating and enriching process.  After a background survey to determine the yellows most likely to appear in 18th century colonial oil paintings, I set out to establish a sort of database of comparative SERS spectra from known reference yellows.

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