Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells: Wrapping It Up

Whew, ten weeks of research flew by! There never seems to be enough time for the things you enjoy doing.  Labbing it up in the ISC was a great experience (even if there was a lack of warm sunshine or windows).  Thanks to those of you who kept up with my blog posts! Now it’s time to take a look at the big picture.  To rewind my memory tape of what happened, let’s synthesize my blog posts and start from the beginning!

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End of the Summer Lab Road

Somebody must have hit the fast-forward button on a time machine because the last weeks seemed to have run away!  The pressure and desire to gather around 100 molecules for the PRB-with-TiO2 collection was definitely on.  So what was the end result?

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RLC: Learning about Para-Rhodamine B

Have you ever driven down a road, expecting a straightforward drive, only to encounter potholes you spectacularly fail to avoid? (My dad named this maneuver after me).  People would use this as a metaphor for life, and it is also apt for any line of work.  I should’ve expected this in my summer research; however, setting goals at the beginning made me feel invincible against the wrath of science and fuel my optimistic, gung-ho attitude about being able to accomplish anything (like finally getting started on my list of crafts to do)!  But this does not mean all doom and gloom! As cliché as this may sound, these potholes were learning experiences about the realities of conducting research.

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RLC: My Guide to Lab Life

After being asked many times, “What do you do in lab?” and trying to give a concise answer, a brilliant epiphany came after a couple of weeks into summer research.  If you want the short answer, I would say, “RLC, bro.”  Or at least explain that acronym.  I feel that it captures an overall view of lab life or research in general.  For you lucky readers, you can check out my detailed explanation and how it relates to my lab in particular (or read the bold lines).

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