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dc.contributor.authorSenarath-Yapa, Muditha Dharshana
dc.creatorSenarath-Yapa, Muditha Dharshanaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-06T13:20:09Z
dc.date.available2011-12-06T13:20:09Z
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/194695
dc.description.abstractSupramolecular materials are complex chemical structures held together by noncovalent interactions such as electrostatic, hydrogen bonding, van der Waals, and donor-acceptor type interactions. Both individual molecules such as dendrimers and molecular assemblies such as lipid bilayers are categorized under supramolecular materials. Analytical applications of supramolecular materials are increasing and being explored due to their fascinating characteristics. In the work reported in this dissertation, use of supramolecular materials to eliminate/minimize some shortcomings in sol-gel based optical chemical sensor materials (dye leaching, low sensitivity) and in fluor doped silica nanoparticle based biolabels (nonspecific adsorption of/to proteins) were explored. In part one, the ability of PAMAM dendrimers to act as anchors for dye molecules was investigated. Binding the dye molecules to PAMAM quantitatively eliminated the leaching of the dye from sol-gel matrices in aqueous solutions. It was shown that this retention of dye is due to the physical entrapment of the PAMAM bound dye molecules. Taking advantage of the available primary amine groups, dye (Nile red) modified PAMAM molecules were further modified with alkyl chains. The alkylated, Nile red modified PAMAM was used with 2,4-dinitrotoluene (analyte) in aqueous media to show that alkyl chains can preconcentrate the analyte in the vicinity of the dye molecules. It was shown that C8 chains provided the better preconcentration out of the three chain lengths (C4, C8, and C18) tested. The fluorescence signal of the C8 modified PAMAM-Nile red was quenched with the addition of 2,4-dinitrotoluene. The non-alkylated version showed no quenching of signal.In part two of this dissertation, a poly(lipid) coated fluor doped silica particles were used as labels for cellular receptors. Using a model system consisting of streptavidin attached to HeLa cell surfaces, it was shown that poly(lipid) layers on silica particles can carry biotinylated lipids and can bind to streptavidin on HeLa cell surfaces. Most importantly the ploy(lipid) coated particles showed about 70% reduction in the nonspecific adsorption of the protein bovine serum albumin compared to bare particles. It was also shown that polymerized lipid layers could withstand much harsher conditions.
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dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
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dc.subjectChemistryen_US
dc.titleAnalytical Applications Of Supramolecular Materials In Chemical And Biological Sensorsen_US
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dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.contributor.chairSaavedra, Stephen Scotten_US
dc.identifier.oclc659750569en_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWirth, Maryen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAspinwall, Craig A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberZheng, Zhipingen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcGrath, Dominicen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2945en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineChemistryen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-25T02:16:24Z
html.description.abstractSupramolecular materials are complex chemical structures held together by noncovalent interactions such as electrostatic, hydrogen bonding, van der Waals, and donor-acceptor type interactions. Both individual molecules such as dendrimers and molecular assemblies such as lipid bilayers are categorized under supramolecular materials. Analytical applications of supramolecular materials are increasing and being explored due to their fascinating characteristics. In the work reported in this dissertation, use of supramolecular materials to eliminate/minimize some shortcomings in sol-gel based optical chemical sensor materials (dye leaching, low sensitivity) and in fluor doped silica nanoparticle based biolabels (nonspecific adsorption of/to proteins) were explored. In part one, the ability of PAMAM dendrimers to act as anchors for dye molecules was investigated. Binding the dye molecules to PAMAM quantitatively eliminated the leaching of the dye from sol-gel matrices in aqueous solutions. It was shown that this retention of dye is due to the physical entrapment of the PAMAM bound dye molecules. Taking advantage of the available primary amine groups, dye (Nile red) modified PAMAM molecules were further modified with alkyl chains. The alkylated, Nile red modified PAMAM was used with 2,4-dinitrotoluene (analyte) in aqueous media to show that alkyl chains can preconcentrate the analyte in the vicinity of the dye molecules. It was shown that C8 chains provided the better preconcentration out of the three chain lengths (C4, C8, and C18) tested. The fluorescence signal of the C8 modified PAMAM-Nile red was quenched with the addition of 2,4-dinitrotoluene. The non-alkylated version showed no quenching of signal.In part two of this dissertation, a poly(lipid) coated fluor doped silica particles were used as labels for cellular receptors. Using a model system consisting of streptavidin attached to HeLa cell surfaces, it was shown that poly(lipid) layers on silica particles can carry biotinylated lipids and can bind to streptavidin on HeLa cell surfaces. Most importantly the ploy(lipid) coated particles showed about 70% reduction in the nonspecific adsorption of the protein bovine serum albumin compared to bare particles. It was also shown that polymerized lipid layers could withstand much harsher conditions.


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