Last week, students isolated the active ingredient from common drugs using extractions and recrystallization. This week, they reacted this product with concentrated sulfuric acid, boiled it for an hour, did extractions and made a spearmint smelling compound from it! Here are some photo highlights.
This week in lab, our students endured trials of gravity filtration, with samples getting stuck and needing extra washes, along with many other interesting happenstances. There were many tricky features of making this compound. I was impressed with everyone's determination to see it made. As far as I know, everyone was able to obtain the final product. Good job guys!!
What's going on in my corner of the science world? Want to know what the heck I do in lab or wonder what the life of a grad student is like? Need Orgo tutoring notes? Then this is the blog for you! Also, check out my FAQ about grad life and the Salaita lab. Look here for fun facts about lab members.
Rolling Statuses: Technical journal blog. Here you may discover what the daily life of a grad student looks like: day-to-day snippets of life, clutter, rolling statuses and unimportant fluff.
Progress Updates: Will include entries with more meaningful science.
Weekly lab report: My write-ups on what I did each week (I posted these publicly during my rotation but not as much now. That may change.)
Here is a link to collected writing, poster and presentation tips.
As of February 8, 2014 I have officially joined the Salaita lab!! Very exciting. Stay tuned for updates. "Micro Min" category equates to grad school journaling; most of these have moved to my status updates blog under Home tab. See "progress updates" on this blog for more important news.