Aug
29

August Update: Looking Forward to the Fall Semester!

Hi! It’s the start of a new semester and I can’t wait to resume research!  When I left off this summer, I had synthesized a couple of compounds and tested them for activity. Since those were only qualitative tests, I still need to perform more rigorous, quantitative testing for actual overpotentials (which are important measures…
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Aug
02

The Search for Electrocatalysts: July Update

Hi! It’s been about a month since the last blog update, and I’ve made a lot of progress on some of my syntheses. I have successfully crystalized a few complexes that are active for proton reduction, and some of them also reduce oxygen.  Since that was one goal for the summer, to find more active catalysts,…
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Jul
09

The Search for Electrocatalysts

Hello! I’ve now been researching here for a month, and it’s been a lot of fun!  I’ve had a few successes, and confirmed that some complexes do not work for the Oxygen reduction reactions.  A day of my research is usually composed of a test of a promising electrocatalyst, followed by looking through published papers…
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Apr
17

Electrocatalyst evaluation for the Oxygen Reduction Reactions

Hi! I’m William Lake, and I’m a rising senior here at W&M.  I’m a double major in Chemistry and math, and I’ll be researching inorganic catalysts this summer in Professor McNamara’s physical-inorganic chemistry lab.   Specifically, I am looking for electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reactions (ORR).