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Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant Report

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Analytical Chemistry | Materials Chemistry


Funds were requested to support two students, David Mason and Brandyn Wyatt, to investigate the development of sol-gel based materials containing silver nanoparticles (NP) as possible chemical sensors by observing surface enhanced Raman spectroscopic (SERS) changes in DAPI (4’,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole) or graphene oxide trapped within the materials. This project builds upon my previous research involving the development of new host materials for chemically active dyes that can be used as sensors. The goals of this project were threefold: to determine 1) if new sol-gel materials can be synthesized from TiO2 or graphene, 2) what other target molecules are of interest that can be detected by fluorescence and (SERS) as possible sensors, and 3) if the aerogel materials can be sealed to trap an inert gas inside such as helium.


This research was conducted as part of a Linfield College Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant in 2016, funded by the Office of Academic Affairs.

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