Date of Defense




First Advisor

Subra Murali, Department of Chemistry

Second Advisor

Michael Barcelona, Department of Chemistry

Third Advisor

Sherine Obare, Department of Chemistry


Quantum dots, lanthanide ions, photoluminescence, energy transfers, semiconductors


Within the past ten years, nanotechnology research groups have investigated the formation and potential applications of group II-VI or III-V semiconductor nanoparticles, known as quantum dots. Some of the interesting and intriguing properties studied, are quantum dot photoluminescence, size stability/distribution, and their sensor capabilities. Much of the current research has been divided into several areas, such as material fabrication of biological and environmental sensors for metal ions [1], DNA sequence detection [2-3], cell transport, i.e. line tension or drug delivery [4-5], catalysis, environmental remediation, and energy storage, such as fuel cells. The following are studies that investigate several different semiconductor nanoparticles and their potential for being doped with lanthanide ions.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only