Today was the first day of summer research! Ambitious plans were laid, literature was read, and calculations were made. My project will focus on the interactions between gold nanoparticles and DNA. My goal for the next couple weeks will be to synthesize polyelectrolyte coated gold nanospheres and characterize their features. Then I will run equilibrium dialysis and atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) on these nanospheres with different concentrations of ions. I'm looking forward to an exciting summer!