Congrats you two!!!!!
The OESL lab is pleased to announce that Dr. Hyejin Park has joined us. Hyejin has a PhD in Materials Engineering from Auburn University in Alabama. She received her BS from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She lives in Holland with her husband and two year old son.
Welcome Hyejin, we are glad you have joined us.
Lakeshore Advantage put together a great video highlighting Jolt, the energy storage company using the technology developed by Tom Guarr and the OESLab. It also provides a peek into the lab and the pilot plant here at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute.
Thank you Michigan Economic Development Corporation for having Jolt present at the North American Battery Show Planet M booth on their technology and it’s contribution to moving Michigan forward as the place to be for innovations in mobility.
We got some very positive comments on our anonymous intern evaluations from last summer. Here are a few…
Q: Did you find the experience valuable?
A: This was one of the best experiences I’ve had that allowed me to see the environment that an organic chemist might be working in.
A: I learned a lot about synthesis techniques and the importance of reproduceable results. I also learned a lot about reaction planning and time management. Overall, a very valuable experience.
Q: What did you like most about the summer research experience?
A: I enjoyed the freedom to make a lot of research decisions independently while periodically checking in with Dr. Guarr. I also like the freedom to get our 40 hours in many different ways.
A: The freedom to go in new directions with the project and being able to work with other students so that you could ask their opinions when making certain decisions.
A: Learning about how what we’re doing in this lab will be applied to engineer better solutions for future technology. Also, the people I met!
A: I most liked working with Dr. Guarr and my lab mates. Everyone here was very fun, kind, and intelligent. I also really liked our well-rounded experience, with tours at New Holland Brewing, Gentex, and a presentation from a patent attorney.
A: Research + volleyball
Q: Would you recommend the MSUBI Summer Intern program to others?
Thank you for the kind words and additionally for the helpful feedback and suggestions you provided. We will take your suggestions under advisement and continue to improve this program.
Joel spent the summer with us doing research into rhenium compounds…
Photophysical and Redox Properties of Novel Bipyridine-Rhenium Complexes; Joel Sowders, Nick Mortimer, Amber Prins and Dr. Tom Guarr
The photophysical properties of metal-ligand complexes have been well researched over the past two decades. Due to their unique and wide range of properties, metal-ligand complexes have been investigated in energy and electron transfer research. Rhenium(I) complexes are among these classes of compounds. Rhenium(I) complexes have also been studied for their ability to catalyze both oxidation and reduction events, including the reduction of CO2 to CO. Bimetallic rhenium and ruthenium complexes have also been the topic of many studies on intramolecular energy transfer. In this study we show a rhenium-pyridine ligand complex. The ligand, 4,6-diphenyl-2,2’-bipyridine (BPY) was synthesized according to previous literature. The complex was prepared from the ligand and chloropentacarbonylrhenium (1JMS045). Characterization was done with NMR, LC-MS, cyclic voltammetry, UV-Vis and fluorescent spectroscopy. The mono-rhenium complex was further reacted with 4,4’-bipyridine to bridge the complex to form a bi- or poly-rhenium bipyridine complex. LC-MS of the compound revealed the 4,4’-bipyridine did join a single complex but did not bridge to a second complex (1JMS037).
Joel is a Holland native that comes to us via Seattle Pacific University. Much gratitude to Joel for all his hard work this summer. Enjoy your time back at school.