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Thermo Scientific Trace 1300 – Gas Chromatography

Thermo Scientific Trace 1300 – Gas Chromatography

One of the main techniques we use to characterize reaction products is Gas Chromatography (GC). Our Thermo Scientific Trace 1300 holds two columns simultaneously. The first is a standard polar column attached to a standard split/splitless injection port and a flame ionization detector (FID). We use this column to separate and quantify the organic products […]

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Pine WaveDriver Potentiostat – Electrochemical Studies

Pine WaveDriver Potentiostat – Electrochemical Studies

Our group uses this Pine WaveDriver potentiostat for our electrochemical studies. This potentiostat is capable of performing cyclic voltammetry (CV), bulk electrolysis (BE), and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV), which we use to determine the oxidation and reduction potentials of the catalysts we design in the lab, as well as those of the substrates we are […]

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PerkinElmer Lambda 465 – Reaction Kinetics

PerkinElmer Lambda 465 – Reaction Kinetics

Our lab uses this PerkinElmer Lambda 465 to study the reaction kinetics of our catalysts in solution. The sample chamber is surrounded by a water jacket attached to a circulating heating/refrigerating bath, which allows us to control and adjust the reaction temperature. This instrument uses a photodiode array, which allows it to collect full UV-Visible […]

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Harnessing the Power of Oxygen

Harnessing the Power of Oxygen

Oxidation is the removal of electrons from a substance, and is essential to a wide variety of everyday processes, from charging your cell-phone to digesting your lunch. Designing more efficient oxidation methods thus impacts nearly every aspect of our lives. In the Parent lab, one of our primary focuses is developing methods for using oxygen […]

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Generating Solar Fuels

Generating Solar Fuels

Developing cost-effective, sustainable sources of electricity is one of the major challenges facing society. While immense progress has been made in solar and wind power generation, there remain many challenges to wide-scale deployment of these technologies. In particular, both solar and wind power are extremely intermittent, leading to the use for inefficient quick-response fossil fuel […]

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Mechanism of Autoxidation in Polymer Curing

Mechanism of Autoxidation in Polymer Curing

Polymers were integral to many of the technological advances made in the 20th century, and developing improved polymers will be necessary as we continue to advance in the 21st century. As part of the North Dakota Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS) our group is working on understanding the chemical mechanisms of polymerization. One major […]

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How Our Research Got Started

How Our Research Got Started

Each day we break down sugars, fats, and proteins in order to obtain the energy we need to survive. Central to this process is the consumption of oxygen to effect the efficient re-oxidation of reduced co-enzymes. Oxygen is also widely used in other biochemical processes, demonstrating its versatility as an oxidant. In spite of oxygen’s […]

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