Thursday, July 1, 2010
Adapting to the Schedule
Today in the lab we performed the synthesis of acetylsalicylic acid, commonly known as aspirin.
The creation of the substance involved the simple combination of two chemicals although the isolation of the aspirin through multiple crystallizations took longer.
Tomorrow we will characterize the properties of our substance with a variety of tests.
After the lab was finished I had lunch with a student from China who is taking a course in C. During the second class period we heard a lecture by Professor Scott Snyder who discussed the discoveries of various molecules with far reaching effects such as quinine, penicillin, and progesterone. The lecture also highlighted the relative difficulty in finding molecules which have medical applications given the complicated nature of the human body.
I finished up the day by having dinner with a few fellow chemistry students. The fact that for the last two days I've been able to get up on time is a good sign that I'm starting to acclimate to Eastern Time.