Wednesday, July 30, 2014
I finally finish my blog challenge which took a while, but now I can work on my research paper. Unfortunately, I have fix some things on my beamer again after I presented it to my mentor for my meeting. After the meeting I found out that my results for benzamidine in PBC were finish but it turns out that something went wrong (surprise, I think not). It turns out that the step 5 files ran but then it stopped halfway, so I had to rerun them. That's basically all I did that day but I still got a lot to do.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Today was another boring day. I worked on my paper for a little bit, and that was about it. We sat and talked the rest of the day and made plans to hang out with each other before and after SEED. I should hopefully be getting samples tomorrow so I can get results by the end of this week so I can write my research paper and finish my poster before ACS.
URP SYMPOSIUM 2014
I wore heels...bad idea!! My feet were so red and swollen by the end of the day, it was terrible.
I felt confident yet nervous at the same time and that probably makes no sense, but it does to me. When it came my turn to stand at my poster, I waited to see if anyone would come by. I had about three people come up and talk to me. Almost all three of them asked the same question that I didn't know the answer to, so I just played it off and tried to give my best explanation. My cousin and my sister came to see me and also eat lunch with me. After all, I felt very proud of what I had accomplished. I'm very satisfied with all of my work over the summer, It paid off. I have learned so much in 8 weeks or less.I am so excited I got the opportunity to meet so many people and present my research. I came in like a seed being planted, now that seed has sprouted and beyond grown!
Cheyenne Simmons, a 17 year old student from Sto-Rox High School now attends at a special program here at Duquesne University known as Project SEED, where highs school students have the opportunity to work with real scientists, whether in the lab or focusing more in computational studies. For Cheyenne she does a little bit of both because her project is about making semiconductors out of earth abundant materials. If the compound she uses is capable of being a semiconductor, then making nano particles out of those compounds would be her next step. To sum it up her project is the synthesis characterization of nano-crystalline diamond-like semiconductors.
The main objective for Cheyenne is to form films out of the successful makings of the nano-crystalline structures so that they can be used in solar panels. The lack of resources for energy has become a big problem and now Cheyenne is in charge of determining the best way to supply ourselves with a surplus of energy by doing her best at making nano-particles out of earth's vast amount minerals. However making nano-crystalline structures isn't easy. These minerals must posses certain qualities or characteristics, and that is why she uses Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to decide whether the mineral has the require traits to to qualify as a semiconductor. The next step is elemental analysis, where she uses energy dispersion spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) to identify the compound's structure and properties. So far Cheyenne has received some results for her compounds, but there are a few more things she still has to do like using the UV-Vis-Mr spectroscopy to view at the band gaps. There is no end when it comes to science
It was a very quick and easy day for me and everyone else for that matter. I found that we have to now right a paper. I'm actually really good at writing so this will be a breeze for me. In a way I'm kind of sad that there's not that many days left. Although, I'm going to make these last two weeks or, however many days are left the best days me and everyone else.