Over the next week or so, I worked on mastering the nanoparticle procedure.  I realized after a few batches that once the procedure was begun it was best not to stop.  I am still a slow worker in the lab despite working in the Harbron lab for both my sophomore and junior years.  In time, I was able to make them successfully.  After each batch though, I would need to test them for their responsiveness to the particular metal.  Unfortunately, my miracle dye was not participating.  I needed to find a new derivative.