9:10 am: Drop off my lunch in our refrigerator outside the lab and then let myself in. Normally the first thing I do when I enter the lab is head to my little corner in our office where I will plug in my computer and write a list of tasks on my whiteboard about what I want to accomplish for the day. I also have to make sure to “check-in” on an online Google Form for contact tracing purposes.
9:30 am: The work I’m doing involves the design of immiscible electrolytes for lithium-based batteries. I throw on my lab coat, grab my notebook, and head to the glovebox. I check on my electrolytes and notice that most of the salt has dissolved in some of the vials. I quickly run some calculations on an Excel spreadsheet and then go into the glovebox to increase the salt concentration. When I am using the glovebox, I put on small gloves first, enter the glovebox with the black glovebox gloves, and then also put on size large gloves—three layers!
1:00 pm: I head outside to our balcony to eat lunch. I admire the view from our location on the 6th floor and also try to avoid the falcon that has a nest on the roof of the building next door. He likes to “attack” us when we are out on the balcony eating.
1:30 pm: I head back inside and make a couple coin cells with Priya. We go into the battery testing room and run new impedance.