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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.