Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chemistry comes into focus as CO2 research draws to a close



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 student, is working on a project at Yale University this summer to do just that.

June 30 to July 4 —   More work in the Lab. I am getting a lot of results; but it’s getting close to the end of the program, so I’m trying to get as much data as possible to present  at the Leadership Alliance Symposium at the end of my time at Yale.

July 7 to July 11 —   This is my second to last week in the lab, so it’s crunch time! Still getting a lot of results and troubling shooting to make the set-up the best it can be. Starting looking more closely at the chemistry this week, which was really cool! So sad that it is almost over but most of my 20-page paper is written!

I have learned so much from this program. I have expanded my knowledge in inorganic catalysis and got a “taste” of what graduate school will be like. I have also learned a lot about Yale University and the opportunities they are able to give their students.

The chemistry program at Bloomsburg University has really prepared me for the research I conducted at Yale this past summer, as well as the research I did with Dr. Eric Hawrelak last summer. It gave me the ability to jump the learning curve and get started on the research right away having learned all the techniques, procedure, and safety at Bloomsburg.

This summer really showed me that I have the ability and know-how to conduct research and contribute to a project. It’s been a very busy but exciting summer. Thank you everyone for tuning in and following me through this summer.

I really appreciate your support. Happy Summer!
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Guess this is what graduate school will be like



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 student, is working on a project at Yale University this summer to do just that.

June 18 to June 20 —  This week I made my catalyst from scratch for the first time. It was very intense and technical, but I managed to make the correct catalyst! It was a long and work-filled week but satisfying that I correctly made it.

Otherwise, it was a fairly uneventful week other than being in the lab for long hours of the day. I guess this is what grad school will be like, bring it on!

June 23 to June 27 —  Abstracts, presentations, progress reports are all due soon, so I am trying to get as much as possible done as early as possible. It is supposed to be beautiful outside this weekend and would like to have nothing to do but sit in the sun and read!

I am almost done with most of the assignments that are due in the weeks to come, but a daunting 20-page research paper still lingers over my head … I am officially half way done with the program and luckily my research is working out well and I am able to get results. The time has really been flying.
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