Aug
19

The Importance of Method Development

I have actually been working on the same experiment for nearly two years. Although some specific variables have changed and the methods have evolved over time, I have still been running some variation of “photolyze liquid and measure concentration” since I joined the lab. This has shown me the huge difference that experimental conditions can…
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Aug
16

FIREX Collaboration

Part of working in a lab this summer involved collaborating with other students and researchers on their projects. There were a lot of opportunities for everyone to pitch in and help on research that wasn’t our primary focus. Some field in science and chemistry can be really competitive, but the nice thing about atmospheric chemistry…
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Jul
17

Brown Carbon and Aerosols

The title of my project can be a bit misleading. While I am working with one brown carbon compound (4-Nitrophenol) in isolation, brown carbon almost never lives as a single molecule in the atmosphere. It is far more likely to exist in a cluster of other atmospheric molecules called an aerosol. These bundles of chemicals…
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Jul
05

Brown Carbon and Color

Yesterday I was tasked with doing a pH study of the absorption of another brown carbon compound called 4-Nitrocatechol. As I took it from low pH to high pH, I noticed it had some stronger color properties than other compounds we have worked with. Check it out in the video below:

Jul
01

A Bit of Q&A

In this post I want to take the time to answer some questions I got from readers on my first post (linked here: http://honorsfellows.blogs.wm.edu/2019/06/25/project-overview-meeting-team/). I loved the feedback because it’s hard to cover everything at once and these questions helped show me what I need to include when talking about my project in the future.…
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