Effect of atmospheric carbon dioxide on corrosion of porous silica

Chemistry major B.G. Loper (E&H ’18) is studying the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide on the corrosion behavior of porous silica glasses in unbuffered solutions.  B.G. is fabricating an environmental chamber that can be purged of carbon dioxide so that the effect can be easily measured.  The results are applicable to a range of industrial practices that utilize unbuffered systems to clean and/or treat materials.