Our federal government works on a yearly schedule that officially starts on October 1st and ends on September 30th. Why? Not a clue…. But that means that over my career, this time of year is a pretty important one. It means that I’m talking about my accomplishments for the past 12 months and keeping my fingers crossed that new money shows up to get me through another 12 months!
With the generous funding I’ve received through Sandia National Laboratories and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, I’ve supported myself and my students to get neat stuff done! Many thanks go to those agencies and my sponsors (Dr. Imre Gyuk, Dr. Babu Chalamala, and Dr. Travis Anderson). This funding has brought me to Santa Fe, New Mexico (I’m here right now!) where I gave a talk about all the great results that showed up this past year.
A big highlight for this year was the completion of the synthesis of our flow battery electrolyte ligands. I presented a lot about our guiding principles for molecular design, and I got many compliments on that. Looks like we’re set up for another great year!
Thanks to Twitter, I found a hilarious but useful way of bringing NMR tubes back and forth between the lab and the NMR spectrometer. It’s a 3D-printed “coffee mug” with nine spots for 9-inch NMR tubes and a few more spots for USB drives! Terrific! Thanks to Terry Moore and Nick Oberlies for the info and the design, respectively!
David Thole (’21) and Jay Nicoleau (’21) are rising sophomores that recently began their first summer research experience with me. Jay will be taking over the redox shuttle project from Nathan Rudman, and David will handle the redox flow battery project that Claudia Hernandez began last summer. They join Nick Kennedy to round out the 2018 summer class! You can read more about them on the group members page.
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability has been a supporter of my research since the beginning of my independent career. I applied and received funding for two years at $25,000 per year to continue my work on new redox flow battery electrolytes. This award is currently funding three students this summer (2018) and will continue to support this effort through the academic year. Thank you to Dr. Imre Gyuk, Dr. Babu Chalamala, and Dr. Travis Anderson for their amazing support!