Defense Date

5-28-2008

Graduation Date

2008

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

School

Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Committee Chair

Ellen Gawalt

Committee Member

Jennifer Aitken

Committee Member

Jeffrey Evanseck

Keywords

Nitinol, Self-assembled monolayers, Polymers, Nickel oxide, Titanium oxide, Biomaterials

Abstract

For the first time Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAMs) were formed on nitinol and characterized. Factors which can affect the formation of SAMs such as head groups, chain length, and tail groups were varied and analyzed to form the most stable and strongly adhered monolayer on the surface. Since an alloy is being studied, the formation of SAMs was also studied on nickel and titanium oxide, the components of the nitinol surface. After data was collected by infrared spectroscopy (IR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI), and contact angle measurements on the modified substrates. In the long term, the formation of strongly adhered self-assembled monolayers may form an effective interface between the biomaterial, nitinol, and the human body.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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