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Social Justice and Chemistry

Posted by on Dec 3, 2020 in Posts, Student News

Dr. Gerdon is excited to share his recent work on the connections between chemistry and social justice with the research group and with educators across the world. Check out this post on the Department of Chemistry and Physics blog and check out the abstract...

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Amanda Gilbert ’22 – IR Analysis

Amanda Gilbert ’22 – IR Analysis

Posted by on Nov 5, 2020 in Posts, Student News

Since Amanda has returned to the lab a few weeks ago, she has been working on mineralizing collagen hydrogels. These are the first hydrogels she has made since last spring! She made four hydrogels and mineralized them in different solutions using poly-aspartic acid and DNA aptamers. Once she finishes her experiment, she will take IR of the hydrogels and...

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Dianna Shields ’22 – Optimizing Synthesis

Dianna Shields ’22 – Optimizing Synthesis

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020 in Posts, Student News

Dianna has been working to optimize her gold nanoparticle synthesis process using three conditions: acidic (1), basic (2), and neutral (3). The samples all had different visual appearances: the acidic sample being the darkest brown color, the basic sample appearing super concentrated, and the neutral sample appearing yellow/green with some undissolved...

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Gabby Zabala ’21 – Progress Made

Gabby Zabala ’21 – Progress Made

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020 in Posts, Student News

Since Gabby’s return to the lab she has been hard at work, developing a new experiment using collagen and QCM crystals! Gabby has come a long way in just four short weeks. As you can see, the left picture was Gabby’s first try making collagen ever, testing out different amounts to put on the collagen. The two right pictures are the collagen Gabby produced...

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Microfluidics by Mail

Microfluidics by Mail

Posted by on Oct 9, 2020 in Posts, Student News

Assembly of microfluidic devices in our group is one thing that doesn’t require a lab! All you need is a glass slide, a Dremmel tool, some tubing, 5 min epoxy, a craft cutter from a craft store, some double-sided tape, and your substrate – in this case a QCM crystal. Logan is not back in the lab yet, but he can get his devices assembled at home as a DIY...

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Rylie Bolarinho ’22 – Learning to model molecules

Rylie Bolarinho ’22 – Learning to model molecules

Posted by on Oct 1, 2020 in Posts, Student News

Just like her fellow student researchers, Rylie has been keeping busy with remote research. Just before classes went virtual last semester, Rylie had just finished synthesizing her first batch of gold nanoparticles! Now she is finishing up NMR data analysis for them and she has started a new research project utilizing molecular modelling. Rylie is excited...

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