Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Researching new uses for CO2 at Yale University

Carbon dioxide is often considered a by-product of fossil fuel consumption — and not a useful one, either. But what if carbon dioxide could be turned into something useful or even an energy source? Jocelyn Legere, a Bloomsburg University, is working on a project at Yale University this summer to do just that.

Monday, June 2 – moved into Yale graduate housing. A much bigger room than I expected. Met a few other students in the program; one was a chemistry major and the other an anthropology major. Explored the building we would be living in and walked around New Haven.

Tuesday, June 3 - The SURF orientation was in the morning. This was where we received our ID cards and food stipend. Sadly, most of the people in the program are not from the east coast, so depositing this money was an issue for the majority of us, but we seemed to get it taken care of.

I met my principle investigator, Nilay Hazari, for the summer, and the graduate student that was going to help me through the first couple days in the lab until my graduate student advisor returned. I also met the rest of the research group and everyone seemed very nice and helpful.

Wednesday, June 4 - Today was a day full of safety training. Most of training was not relevant to my project but it was to others. The training took place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Lunch was included so that was great! During the radiation training session, the intern who was helping the safety instructor graduated from Bloomsburg University last spring! She graduated from the physics department and was at Yale for an internship before she headed off to graduate school!

Thursday, June 5 - This was my first day in the Lab! I was making the precursor for the ligand that I will be using for the rest of the summer. We had some issues with solubility but got it all worked out. The reaction took 3.5 hours! I got into the lab around 9 a.m. and then left at 6 a.m.! It was a long first day but it was good to be back in a chemistry lab.

Friday, June 6 - Second day in the lab and much of the same techniques repeated from the previous day’s events just with different starting materials. Another long day in the lab, but the first week was over!

Saturday, June 7 - A few of us walked down to the shore to sit and read and enjoy the beautiful day. It was a 2 mile walk down and back, a total of 4 miles! Once we got back, we found out that there was a bus that takes you right down there!

A group of us went to an Ethiopian restaurant! That was a very new experience. It is family style eating where you unroll the bread that you are given and lay it on top of the different dishes and pinch and scoop up the food.

Sunday, June 8 - I went on a run with a friend and we found a community water park! It was pretty hot and humid so it was nice to know that it's available!
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