Author

Scott Milam

Date Approved

2010

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

Committee Member

Dr. Timothy Brewer

Committee Member

Dr. Maria Milletti

Committee Member

Dr. Larry Kolopajlo

Abstract

Silver nanoparticles of varying sizes were synthesized. Their effects on enhancing or quenching the photochemical processes of tryptophan fluorescence, a ruthenium complex decay constant and chemiluminescence of luminol and ferricyanide, were studied. The tryptophan fluorescence was slightly enhanced by smaller nanoparticles and showed slight quenching in the presence of larger nanoparticles. The tris (2,2’-bipyridyl ruthenium (II) chloride) complex was excited using a 532 nm laser, and the decay constant was measured. Neither gold nor silver nanoparticles showed an impact on this process. The luminol chemiluminescence was studied with an emphasis on holding the concentration of nanoparticles, surface area, and silver constant in separate trials to assist in understanding of the interaction between the properties of nanoparticles and light enhancement. Nanoparticles that are of a medium size of 30 to 50 nm in diameter show the greatest enhancement regardless of the parameter held constant.

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