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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      Jan
      20

      Eclogitization and Shear Zone Kinematics: Microprobe and EBSD Analyses in Process

      Three of the thin section chips have been sent off to be made into polished thin sections, and with these I will be able to complete an electron microprobe analysis and an Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) analysis. The microprobe analysis will be able to tell me the specific mineral chemistry of particular grains in my…
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      Jan
      09

      Firearms Thesis: January Update

      Hello everyone! This is going to be a brief January update on my firearms thesis. As of this morning, I finished my initial edits, woohoo! I also managed to find a second reader–renowned economics professor, Carl Moody! Professor Moody is an expert on American gun policy. Thus, he will bring years of experience and knowledge…
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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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