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 […]

MFC Second Update

In this update I would like to go more in depth about my fuel cell’s design. Basically it is two box chambers, anode and cathode, separated by a proton exchange membrane. This membrane promotes different ion concentrations on either side of the membrane which allows the fuel cell to produce electricity. The two boxes will be stacked, […]

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 […]