McGimpsey, W. Grant
A series of ionophore and fluoroionophore terminated compounds have been synthesized to be used in the formation of organic thin-films on gold electrodes via self-assembly. These SAMs' bulk optical and electrochemical behavior has been shown to change in the presence of target analytes and calibration curves and thermodynamic binding parameters have been determined. The sensor response, however, has proven highly variable and recently a great deal of this work has focused on fully characterizing and correcting the sources of this variability.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry