Hyperpolarization Update #3 (and now for something completely different)

This is a picture of the first signal we received with the coil. The signal is the regular peaks in the darker color, which correspond to "echoes". When we do more echoes we are able to get information about the chemical environment by looking at how fast they shrink.

This past week was pretty slow on the hyperpolarization side of things, so I directed my energy to a project I’ve been working on since the second semester of my sophomore year: designing a new NMR probe for our magnet. We already have a probe that works, but we want to be able to make […]

Update 3: Fun with Photochem!

As I wrote about in an earlier post, the focus of my summer research is to determine a natural source of hydrated electrons that will generate hydrogen in a photocatalytic system. Thus, I will be performing many photochemistry experiments. This week I started to learn this procedure and ran a couple of experiments with materials […]

Update 2: FTIR and the Art of Preparing TiO2 Slides

This week was dedicated to gathering data on an electrocatalyst we had recently synthesized. I learned how to use FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) to take scans of the iron complex. First, I ran a background scan of potassium bromide (KBr), which we use as a carrier for the sample. Then, I ran a sample […]