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Investigation of Copper(I) Cyanide for Use as a Luminescent Sensor Device

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Author: Dembo, Matthew
Advisor: Pike, Robert D.
Committee Members: Rice, Gary; Poutsma, John C.; Griffin, John D.
Issued Date: 5/4/2011
Subjects: Copper(I) cyanide
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/13652
Description: An investigation of the synthesis and luminescent properties of copper(I) cyanide metal-organic networks containing amine and imine ligands is reported. The development of an ambient temperature synthesis of these networks was explored, with products characterized through a variety of methods. These included Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), fluorimetry, and elemental analysis, among others. These analytical techniques showed neat, ambient temperature synthesis to be a practical alternative to heated reactions for producing more consistent products. Furthermore, the luminescent behavior of CuCN in response to exposure to either liquid or gaseous amines was characterized across several different solid state CuCN morphologies, including powder, compressed pellets, and CuCN impregnated polymer films. The luminescence observations were consistent across all platforms, suggesting that CuCN could serve as a viable foundation for a luminescent sensor of gaseous amines or other volatile organics.
Degree: Bachelors of Science in Chemistry

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