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Discovery of Nanostructured Material Properties for Advanced Sensing Platforms
Wujcik, Evan K.

2013, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Akron, Chemical Engineering.
This dissertation encompasses the doctoral work of the author, which focused on the ideation and materials synthesis of novel sensor technologies for biomedical and environmental applications. The purpose of this work is to identify and exploit the nanostructured properties of certain materials to produce advanced sensing platforms, utilizing the advances made by nanotechnology. Herein, a number of developed sensors are described using electrochemical and colorimetric transduction techniques.

A number of background chapters providing an introduction to nanomaterials, typical sensor fabrication routes, and sensor technologies are provided, followed by experimental studies of the developed sensors. The author describes a polymer/multi-walled carbon nanotube sensing platform, which has been found to be both selective and sensitive to sodium ions at normal physiological range. Two chapters describing experimental work related to both a colorimetric water contaminant preconcentration/detection system—able to detect contaminants at the United States Environmental Protection Agency maximum contaminant level—and an electrochemical water contaminant detection system are discussed. A chapter describing the theoretical and optimization modeling of the polymer/multi-walled carbon nanotube sensing platform is also enclosed. Through this work, the author has developed a number of novel sensing technologies for both biomedical and environmental applications.
Chelsea Monty, Dr. (Advisor)
Lu-Kwang Ju, Dr. (Committee Member)
George Chase, Dr. (Committee Member)
Gang Cheng, Dr. (Committee Member)
Marnie Saunders, Dr. (Committee Member)
Wiley Youngs, Dr. (Committee Member)
172 p.

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