Working with fancy instruments

You want to hear about the totally wild weekend I had?

I was in lab for 17 hours. I’ve been trying to get lots of work done lately because 1. I love what I do/it’s fun, 2. I can almost taste what it feels like to start drafting my first 1st author paper (woohoo! #19!), 3. chemistry keeps teasing me with some reactions that work out and others that don’t (hence working overtime to try and catch up).

If you’re a grad student, you know research doesn’t exactly go as planned, say, 90% of the time. You think a simple reaction should just work, right? Wrong. I totally learned that on Friday when I realized a huge batch of polymer I made went bad. I was determined to still go up to CSU to use their fancy instruments to test my samples on Monday (yesterday), so I workworkworked to re-catch up.

I had the privlage of using this megatron (it’s a SAXS):

Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

And this is only the detector portion of the instrument.

It was a lot of fun to work with, but of course with much of science, one discovery leads to another which leads to another. I’ve got my work cut out for me the next couple of weeks!

… and I am so pumped! I love what I do.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Marcia says:

    Put me in the totally impressed category!

  2. Sam F. says:

    Yeah, I was a journalism student. So our fancy instruments were pens, pads of paper and tape recorders. For graduation, one of my friends got me a space pen, which I could write upside down with and ink would still come out. Pretty fancy, huh?

  3. Sarah says:

    Ooooo SAXS is soooooo awesome!!! :D

  4. Ally says:

    You’re a nerd–and I love it!!!! You’re awesome, ya know that?

    My dads dream in life would be for me to understand how to even create polymers–he’s a chemist. Yeah, I studied poli sci and communications. I take after my mother!

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