Briefly back at Shriram just to visit old lab friends during winter break. It's good to see everyone again -- and some new faces! Columbia is beyond my wildest dreams, I'm having a great time, etc etc. I'm updating for two reasons: 1. Congrats to Ethan for securing a spot in this lab for his… Continue reading Happy New Year!
Monterey was fantastic, thank you for asking! But we're here to check out the science. This week we've been wrapping up some palladium-platinum work but also preparing for a new project: "nanoreactors". First, I retested the PdPt bimetallic alloy with 6.25% Pt. This one initially seemed like an outlier in the graph of light-off curves… Continue reading Nanoreactors (or yolk-shell, nanorattles, reverse bumpy ball, and an assortment of other names)
Kind of at a lull in the project right now. Emmett & I sort of need to compile our data, work it up, and think on it to figure out where to head next. In the summer I'll have two high school students working with/under? me on this project. It'll be loads of fun, but… Continue reading 6/4 – 8: dog days
Conducted a Hades test on YEA61FT (Palladium only control, 0.1wt%); held at 460C (initial reaction test) for 6 hours. Should have been almost stable around 4. Aged at 800C (770 actual) for 1hr, tested at 460 again for 2 hours. Holding the samples out for an initial long run seems to be not feasible, time-wise;… Continue reading 5/14 – 5/18: long run, short patience
Hey, audience of zero! I say this because I know that everyone is no longer monitoring their senior project blogs, so my meager viewership has dropped even lower. Nevertheless, I've continued working at the lab, and I find these blog posts to actually be a useful review of what I've done/have been doing. Hence, the… Continue reading Cont.?
Last blog post!! I can't believe we've made it to this point. This feels a bit surreal because it's really not a last week for me. I'm going to continue here until the end of summer. Yesterday, Matteo asked if I would help mentor/advise a new high school student during the summer! Super nervous but… Continue reading Endings & Beginnings
Note to my very future self: if you're a PI with your own lab, make sure coffee is supplied in abundance and never runs out. Also congratulations, but the coffee thing is very important. Grad students, honestly... This week's lab work is short, thanks to days off for AP Research and for showing a new tree… Continue reading [Untitled because I forgot to add one]
This is a short week for my senior project; I'm taking Thursday and Friday off to finish up AP Research work. I mean, practically I'm not really taking any days off. Boo. This week, we created catalysts of gold nanoparticles on silica nanobeads. Fairly simple process like all other impregnations, though we couldn't manage to… Continue reading Of Static, Silica, and Societal Norms
This is the first departure from my consistent Fast and Furious titles because I ran out of titles... the times they are a changin'. On Monday, I went out with Matteo and Emmett to do outreach presentations for two high school chemistry classes! I had a small presentation about my work, and I helped Emmett… Continue reading Non-nano Nanobeads
Yeah, I can't believe someone decided that this was a good name for a short film either. But I've got to stay on brand with my titles. Again, key: Pd = palladium, Pt = platinum, NPs = nanoparticles. This week, I first did stability tests on the samples of Pd only and 12.5% Pt PdPt… Continue reading The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)