Date of Award
Master of Science
This thesis describes two projects focusing on (1) the investigation of benzoxadiazole chromophore and (2) new methods for solid phase microextraction.
This thesis investigates how the diazole ring in nitrobenzoxadiazole affects environmental sensitivity. We developed a novel synthesis of isobenzofurans using anthranilic acid derivatives. The use of benzyne and bioorthogonal chemistry is used to achieve our isobenzofuran derivatives.
This thesis will address two different ways in which to improve solid phase microextraction methods. By utilizing a novel cross linker and reverse addition fragmentation chain transfer (raft) polymerization we are able to control polymerization to give us more consistent polymers. We apply this method to creating dynamic polymers using a low critical solution temperature monomer. The other method utilizes our cross-link system to determine how film morphology affects the selectivity of poly ionic liquid polymers. This was done by investigating different percentages of cross linker. This project also led us to create a new cross-linker design containing another ionic liquid, allowing for further investigation into morphology.
Bouc, Paige, "Tuning of environmental probes" (2018). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 16551.