Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry



First Advisor

William Euler


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 3 an exploration of the piezocatalytic effects of metal doped PVDF thin films.



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