Jan
21

December Update

I have attempted my synthesis with a starting material that has a substituent group on the para position, which means the reaction is forced to take place on the ortho direction. I carefully carried out the procedure and used the 16-hour protonation step from my previous experiments. The resulting crude product appeared to be desirable.…
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Jan
21

November Update

I have been occupied trying to separate para and ortho isomers from each other again for the new reaction. I have also noticed an important product peaking missing from the NMR spectrum. I reasoned that there was not enough time for the initial product to be protonated and went back to search for literature on…
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Dec
30

Year-End Update: What’s Next?

2017 is almost over, and with 2018 comes the end of my time in undergrad and the conclusion of my thesis. It’s scary to think about such big things coming to a close, but I think I’m ready. At the end of last semester, I re-evaluated my thesis thoughts and came up with an outline to…
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Dec
24

Fall Update

The progress I’ve been able to make over the last few months has been limited by major capstone projects, graduate applications and finals and I’m very excited to be able to devote more energy to my project over break. Over the past few months I’ve been meeting with my advisor and professor about the future…
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Dec
03

Hello December!

Oh my goodness, I cannot believe December is already upon us! I have two more big experiments to wrap up before the end of the semester, and then I’ll head into a month of intensive writing over winter break!