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Last Week: Sad Face

This week marks my last week at my internship. I have definitely enjoyed the experience of learning chemical synthesis and analysis and being in an academic setting.

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Last Blog!

Research & Work

Because this is my last blog, I would like to reiterate the research I have done over the past eight weeks and describe its significance. 

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Weeks 8-9!

I have been focusing on purifying the model compound using recrystallization, which is more meticulous and involves more trial and error than I had initially expected. I am suddenly reminded of a general chemistry that I have learned but could better understand.

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Teaching the Device Fabrication Procedure and More

Weeks 7 and 8 have been much more calm compared to my previous weeks.  After practicing the device fabrication procedure so many times, it feels like second-nature to me now.  I had been working with Dr.

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Queries Galore

            Time is flying by at Imprint Energy. In the last two weeks, I’ve continued analysis on my real-time aging project and spent a lot of my time writing scripts to efficiently pull data from our database.

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Carbon Policy at Work

              I’ve just completed weeks 4- 5 of my internship. Like usual, things are busy around the office as many initiatives are underway and showing promising results.

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Weeks 7-8!

Now, I am solely focused on chemical synthesis, creating the target molecule using reactants suggested by my supervisor, and conditions suggested from journals, such as solvent(s) used, the ratio of solvents if more than 1 solvent is used, the order by which reactants are added, the dehydrating a

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Getting Even Busier

            In the last two weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time gathering aging data for the project that I mentioned in the last blog. I also wrote some code to quickly determine the yield of our print runs.

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Dirt, Rocks, and a Lot of Carbon

              I’ve completed my third week at the Center for Carbon Removal. So far, so good! There’s much going on at present, so let me give a snippet of what I’ve been up to lately.

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Weeks 6-7!

Recently, I have been assigned more chemical reactions and NMR analyses to perform. I have performed a polymerization but am struggling to precipitate the solution. I have also performed the boronic ester synthesis using two methods—ball-milling and co-grounding.

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28 Jun

My First Presentation

            Things seem to be getting busier than usual at Imprint Energy. I think it has to do with the end of the quarter fast approaching. Because of this, I’ve had a very busy last two weeks.

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A Week of Firsts

The morning was lovely. Downtown Oakland maintained a sleepy sort of early business bustle. And then there I was, walking into the first day of work not knowing particularly what to expect. I was about to begin my internship at The Center for Carbon Removal.

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Weeks 5-6!

Recently, I have passed my safety training by my supervisor and have been approved to work independently but not alone. This is for safety purposes. I am soon going to be entrusted with performing certain reactions that have unfurled in my supervisor’s head.

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