In the past weeks, I was finally able to start my MD simulations on Nafion! To begin, I first used a Nafion structure file that my mentor, Akhilesh, provided me that contained 50 nafion polymers (each consisting of 10 monomers) already packed into a 10 x 10 x 10 nm cube.
According to the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC), the buildings sector accounted for 38% of total global carbon emissions that are energy-related in 2020, including emissions from building construction processes.
This summer was an amazing opportunity for me to experience a real lab setting performing real experiments that haven’t been explored before. Handed with much freedom but also responsibility, my shoulders were heavy in the beginning, unsure about my ability to pull through the research.
Hi there again! This past summer was a transformative experience for me both personally and professionally. I did not expect to be a part of such a supportive environment that allowed me to explore all of my creative and technical interests.
With my time at the lab this summer coming to a close, I wanted to quickly reflect on my past few weeks of work here at LBNL. Having the opportunity to perform research here this summer has truly been a blessing and given me an insight into what I may want to pursue in the future.
In the past few weeks, I have consistently been working on the Innovation Challenge, chipping a little bit day by day. Our final presentation to the judges is next week, so we have shifted our focus from the solution to perfecting our showcase.
My work at Berkeley lab has been going great so far! I have faced many challenges and learned how to overcome them. I have also gained valuable lab experience, become more independent, and improved my understanding of ionomer thin films and their swelling properties.
I’m in my final two weeks of the internship! It’s been such an incredible and interesting journey. I am now back in Berkeley, and I wish I could go into the lab even though people on my team aren’t even working at the office, so I know it won’t be possible this time.