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Cyclic Voltammetry: Acid Addition Studies

By • Jul 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

          I spend most of my time in lab doing cyclic voltammetry (CV) experiments. CV is an electrochemical analytical technique used to gauge the activity of a redox reaction. In it, a potentiostat provides a voltage to the complex through a working electrode and measures the changes in current as compared to a…
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Cleaning with Acid?

By • Jul 8th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

            When I perform my electrochemical tests, I can’t just clean up my glassware with water or with another organic solvent. I have to use pure sulfuric acid. When I work with my organometallic iron complexes, nanoparticles can remain in the E-Chem cell, which would cause contamination next time I ran an electrochemistry test. So…
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Electrochemistry All Day Every Day

By • Jul 1st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve been doing research in Williamsburg for just over five weeks now. I’ve been continuing my work on iron-based metallo-organic complexes, specifically their activity in catalyzing the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). The HER is a type of reaction called a reduction-oxidation (or “redox”) reaction in which there is a transfer of electrons from one species…
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Artificial Photosynthesis: Overview for Summer

By • Apr 16th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Just like how plants can take water and sunlight and produce utilizable energy, we aim to synthesize inexpensive metal-based complexes that can use light to “break” water into hydrogen gas, which can then be used as a clean fuel source. In particular I will plan to focus on synthesizing new complexes and then electrochemically characterizing…
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Research Check-In Part 3

By • Aug 25th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It has been confirmed by spectroscopy techniques that my desired ligand has been synthesized, although in small quantity. The next step is to attach the ligand to a metal in order to form a catalytic compound. The chemical reaction which combines the ligand and the metal was performed and the resulting substance was allowed to […]

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Research Check-In Part 3

By • Aug 25th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It has been confirmed by spectroscopy techniques that my desired ligand has been synthesized, although in small quantity. The next step is to attach the ligand to a metal in order to form a catalytic compound. The chemical reaction which combines the ligand and the metal was performed and the resulting substance was allowed to […]

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Research Check-In Part 2

By • Jul 18th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The current goal for my project is to synthesize a functional catalyst for the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) of significant yield. Several mechanistic reaction pathways have been proposed, including methods used by lab members in past years, as well as methods from published literature. For each attempt to correctly synthesize the ligand (where the “ligand’ […]

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Research Check-In Part 2

By • Jul 18th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The current goal for my project is to synthesize a functional catalyst for the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) of significant yield. Several mechanistic reaction pathways have been proposed, including methods used by lab members in past years, as well as methods from published literature. For each attempt to correctly synthesize the ligand (where the “ligand’ […]

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Updated Abstract and Research Check-In Part 1

By • Jul 1st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Research began on May 30th. I learned on Day 1 from my professor that I would no longer be researching organometallic-catalyzed oxygen reduction, which I had initially planned on researching this summer, and would now be transferred to a new, independent project: catalyzing the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR), a necessary step for green catalytic hydrogenation of […]

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Updated Abstract and Research Check-In Part 1

By • Jul 1st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Research began on May 30th. I learned on Day 1 from my professor that I would no longer be researching organometallic-catalyzed oxygen reduction, which I had initially planned on researching this summer, and would now be transferred to a new, independent project: catalyzing the hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR), a necessary step for green catalytic hydrogenation of […]

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