Update 4: The Dark Side of Photochemistry

Photochem Test Tubes

This week I continued my photochemistry experiments from last week, but this time I used different materials for the sacrificial donor. Right now, I am experimenting with varying¬†concentrations of a substance found in natural waters. Unfortunately, gas chromatography analysis showed little to no hydrogen production. Why is this the case? Natural water samples have been […]

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, […]