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Aquatic organisms are susceptible to waterborne nanoparticles and there is only limited understanding of the mechanisms by which these emerging contaminants affect biological processes. The unique properties of nanomaterials necessitate evaluation of standard toxicity testing techniques to...
Non-contact Atomic Force Microscopy (NC-AFM) is a Scanning Probe Microscopy tool offering unique non-perturbative analysis of surfaces and adsorbates at the atomic scale. AFM precisely oscillates a sharp tip above a sample. By monitoring the shift in resonance frequency of a quartz tuning fork...
Benign-by-Design: Synthesis of Engineered Silicon Nanoparticles and their Application to Oil Sands Water Contaminant RemediationDownload
Oil sands are naturally occurring mixtures of sand or clay, water, fine silts, and bitumen. The oil sands extraction process consumes large volumes of water (i.e., ca. 3 barrels of fresh water for every 1 barrel of oil). Following the extraction of bitumen from the oil sands, a tailings slurry...
On a perfect hydrogen-terminated Si(100)-2x1 surface, each surface silicon atom is capped with exactly one atom of hydrogen. When one of the capping hydrogen atoms is removed, the now unsatisfied orbital of the underlying silicon atom is exposed at that site. This site is better known as a...
This thesis explores the dynamics and sensing performance of silicon quantum dot (SiQD) ensembles coupled to the whispering gallery modes (WGMs) of spherical and cylindrical microcavities. The first project investigated the possibility of observing Purcell effects in an ensemble of QDs coupled to...
This thesis focuses on the photoluminescence (PL) of free-standing silicon quan- tum dots (QDs). Large changes in the emission spectrum were found to occur when the QDs were exposed to different environments while undergoing short-wavelength laser irradiation, a phenomenon that was the main focus...
This dissertation presents the preparation of functional bioinorganic hybrids from silicon-based quantum dots (SiQDs) and enzymes and the use of SiQDs and green fluorescent protein as ratiometric photoluminescent sensors for nerve agents. Chapter 2 discusses the preparation of water-soluble...
This thesis describes the fabrication and characterization of integrated hollow Bragg waveguides fabricated by controlled thin film buckling. Hollow waveguides based on two different set of materials were studied. In the first case, thermal tuning of air-core dimensions was studied using...
Observing and Manipulating Single Electrons Confined to Silicon Dangling Bond Ensembles with Non-Contact Atomic Force MicroscopyDownload
Non-contact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM) is capable of inducing and resolving single-electron charge transitions of surface adsorbates. Here, these techniques are extended by studying the charge configurations of dangling bond (DB) ensembles on the hydrogen-terminated silicon surface. nc-AFM...
SEM Images of Block Copolymer Templated Patterns from PS-b-P2VP on Silicon with Platinum for Testing with ADAblock
SEM Images of Block Copolymer Templated Patterns from PS-b-P2VP on Silicon with Platinum for Testing with ADAblockDownload
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of patterns derived from polystyrene-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine), where the poly(2-vinylpyridine) domains replaced with platinum metal. All samples were annealed for 20 minutes at 200 degrees celsius. Polymers used include PS(23.6k)-b-P2VP(10.4k),...