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Title:Materials with engineered mesoporosity for programmed mass transport
Author(s):Gough, Dara V.
Director of Research:Braun, Paul V.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Braun, Paul V.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Dillon, Shen J.; Clegg, Robert M.; Sottos, Nancy R.
Department / Program:Materials Science & Engineerng
Discipline:Materials Science & Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Zinc sulfide (ZnS)
porous gold
mass transport
lyotropic liquid crystal templating
self assembly
Abstract:Transport in nanostructured materials is of great interest for scientists in various fields, including molecular sequestration, catalysis, artificial photosynthesis and energy storage. This thesis will present work on the transport of molecular and ionic species in mesoporous materials (materials with pore sizes between 2 and 50 nm). Initially, discussion will focus on the synthesis of mesoporous ZnS nanorattles and the size selected mass transport of small molecules through the mesopores. Discussion will then shift of exploration of cation exchange and electroless plating of metals to alter the mesoporous hollow sphere (MHS) materials and properties. The focus of discussion will then shift to the transport of ions into and out of a hierarchically structured gold electrode. Finally, a model λ-bactiophage was developed to study the electromigration of charged molecules into and out of a confined geometry. A catalytically active biomolecular species was encapsulated within the central cavity of ZnS MHS. Both the activity of the encapsulated enzyme and the size-selective transport through the wall of the MHS were verified through the use of a common fluorogen, hydrogen peroxide, and sodium azide. Additionally, the protection of the enzyme was shown through size-selected blocking of a protease. The mesoporous hollow sphere system introduces size-selectivity to catalyzed chemical reactions; future work may include variations in pore sizes, and pore wall chemical functionalization. The pore size in ZnS mesoporous hollow spheres is controlled between 2.5 and 4.1 nm through swelling of the lyotropic liquid crystal template. The incorporation of a swelling agent is shown to linearly vary the hexagonal lyotropic liquid crystalline phase, which templates the mesopores, while allowing the high fidelity synthesis of mesoporous hollow spheres. Fluorescnently labeled ssDNA was utilized as a probe to explore the change in mesopore permeability afforded by the swollen template relative to the unswollen template. Electroless plating and cation exchange were explored as methods to vary the shell material of MHS. Mesoporous Ni MHS were obtained by the reduction of Ni2+ with dimethylamine borane onto a CML latex core. However, the resultant MHS were damaged due to core swelling during etch. To successfully obtain undeformed MHS, a silica core must be utilized; one possible route to explore, in order to reach this goal, is the surface chemistry/ligand effects on Ni2+. Cation exchange was performed in order to obtain CuS MHS; however, it proved an unsuccessful route to PbS, S and HgS. CdS-ZnS, Bi2S3 and Ag2S MHS were obtained only with significant defects. A novel hierarchically structured material, porous opal, was prepared using a colloidal crystal template and the dealloying of silver from gold and possed porosity on length scales range from 10s of nanometers (due to the colloidal crystal template) down to ca. 10 nm (due to dealloying). The transport properties of the material were studied using cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The porous opal was found to posses enhanced charge transport properties relative to a unimodal porous gold film and a higher surface area than a gold opal. An equivalent circuit model was presented to explain the enhanced charge transport properties. A biomimetic system for studying the translocation of polymers through a channel and into a spherical cavity was developed based on inspiration from the λ-bacteriophage. The nanocavity system was synthesized using two template length scales: 250 nm and 1.2 μm. Fabrication challenges that arose when using 1.2 μm colloidal templates were addressed, and the system was optimized for confinement studies of plasmid dsDNA.
Issue Date:2011-05-25
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Dara V. Gough
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-25
Date Deposited:2011-05

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