AN EXPLORATION IN DETECTION OF SMALL OXYGEN CONTAINING ANALYTES USING PHTHALOCYANINE DYES AND PIEZOCATALYTIC THIN

Benjamin B. Cromwell, University of Rhode Island

Abstract

This dissertation is presented in manuscript format according to the guidelines of the graduate school of the University Rhode Island. Three chapters are presented covering the following: Chapter 1 a probing study of metal phthalocyanine dye interactions with four analytes of interest in the solution phase, Chapter 2 a study of the dye and analyte interactions and how they interact while on a PVDF thin film, Chapter an exploration of the piezocatalytic effects of metal doped PVDF thin films.