The Design and Assembly of Dual-Functionalized Photoactive Colloids

Open Access
Author:
Golden, Erin Elizabeth
Area of Honors:
Chemical Engineering
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Darrell Velegol, Thesis Supervisor
  • Themis Matsoukas, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • photoactivity
  • colloids
  • photoresponsive material
Abstract:
Dual-functionalized photoactive colloids have a variety of potential applications including photocatalysis, colloidal robotics, and the building of more complex devices. The purpose of this paper is to describe a simple and comprehensive method for fabricating functional colloidal assemblies using a photoresponsive material by manipulating interparticle forces, applying surface modifications, and developing assembly techniques. This is demonstrated using a gold-silicon-silver triplet structure of approximately 5-10 µm.