So our machine is up and running this past week.
We are using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) to measure the Tg or the glass transition temperature and Tni (Transition temperature from nematic to isotropic).
Luckily, most of my samples were already made so I just put them in the machine and every 76 minutes I would put a sample in.
I’ve also had to input all my data into excel and make graphs, which I’m still working on. This reminds me of the ExxonMobile trip we had and how the engineers there said to make sure students know how to use excel if they want to be engineers. In the future, I would like to incorporate use of excel to plot data in chemistry. It makes students analyze the relationship between two variables rather than just passively doing an experiment.
The field trip was fun even though we didn’t get to tour. It was informational. I attached all the pictures I took. Somehow the pictures are always flipped so you might have to download it to see it correctly and not all pics came out with good quality.