Josey Topolski -- I am a currently working toward my Ph. D. in inorganic chemistry at Indiana University. As a member of the C. C. Jarrold group, I use mass spectrometry, photoelectron spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations to model catalytic materials used in fuel production. Metal catalysts are essential to many processes both in our bodies and in industry. Through ScIU, I hope to share the exciting research ongoing in the chemistry department involving metals with our readers.

Entries by Josey E. Topolski

Single Molecule Magnets: The Data Storage of the Future

USB drive and hard disk drive are shown.

The storage capability of hard drives has been increasing exponentially over the past 60 years. The IBM 350 RAMAC disk released in 1956 was able to store 2000 bits (a unit used to measure storage ability) of information per square inch. In 2014, Seagate Technology released a hard drive that could store 1 billion bits… Read more »

Fuel for the Future: the Evolving Process of Making Hydrogen

Hydrogen gas (H2), which is currently used in world-wide production of ammonia, is also being considered as an alternative fuel. But how is hydrogen gas made? Carbon monoxide (CO) and water (H2O) can be combined to form hydrogen gas (H2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) in a process known as the water-gas shift reaction. The water-gas… Read more »