Don't worry, I won't actually be featuring any real chemistry here, I just thought I'd share a few exciting photos relating to chemistry that have happened recently. The first is that I was recently trained on the XRD (powder x-ray diffraction) instrument, and went with a colleague to run TEM. XRD sample prep is pretty boring, but TEM sure is adorable. If you look carefully at the picture below, you'll see tiny copper circles, "grids" as we call them. We place a tiny drop of our sample onto them and look with the fancy microscope for nanometer-sized things. Pretty cool right?
We also woke up at the #*$&crack of dawn (before dawn, actually) to meet the perspectives on a snowshoeing adventure. Lucky for us, one of the assistant professors organized everything and had our equipment ready to go. It turns out you just strap them over your shoes. Here are a few shots from us wandering around a lake, just 45 minutes outside Seattle.
Been up to anything interesting recently?