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Amanda Gilbert ’22 – Affinity for Collagen

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Posts, Student News

This semester, Amanda has been running lots of affinity experiments with collagen hydrogels and DNA aptamers! This is a new experiment for Amanda, who has worked on mineralization experiments up until this point. For these experiments, the collagen hydrogels are much smaller than what she was previously working with! She has also learned how to use the...

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Dr. Gerdon – Quality TEM time

Posted by on Mar 23, 2021 in Posts, Student News

Dr. Gerdon spent some quality time at the Electron Microscopy Facility at Harvard Medical School this week! The goal was to get images of the different nanoparticle syntheses that Rylie and Dianna have been working it. Time at the instrument reminded Dr. Gerdon of first learning TEM from the incomparable Dr. Joe Slocik at Vanderbilt University many years...

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New Course – Chemistry of Brewing!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2021 in Posts, Student News

Dr. Gerdon is excited to be designing and teaching a new course this coming Fall 2021 called the Chemistry of Brewing. There’s tons of chemistry in the process of brewing from water chemistry to polysaccharides to alpha acids to yeast biochemistry. This is going to be a fun class and is open to all students (no science prerequisite)! It’s not...

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Dianna Shields ’22 – Getting Place Exchanged Started

Posted by on Mar 19, 2021 in Posts, Student News

This semester, Dianna is learning how to multitask! She has been working on producing quality tiopronin nanoparticle batches while also starting the place exchange reaction. Dianna also completed a colloid nanoparticle synthesis and is excited to visualize them using TEM! As always, Dianna is happy to be in lab, taking NMRs, and synthesizing lots of...

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Rylie Bolarinho ’22 – One Year Away from the Lab

Posted by on Mar 14, 2021 in Posts, Student News

Rylie is very excited to finally come back to the research lab after being away for almost one year! When she left the lab, Rylie had just finished her first nanoparticle synthesis using mercaptobenzoic acid. Since she has come back to campus, Rylie has already completed two syntheses that are ready to be analyzed using NMR. She is hopeful that these new...

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