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1 CONJUGATED POLYELECTROLYTES BASED ON POLY(PARA-PHENYLENE ETHYNYLENE): FLUORESCENT AND CHEMILUMINESCENT SENSORS By YAN LIU A DISSERTATION PRESENTED TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 2008
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2 © 2008 Yan Liu
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3 To my parents
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4 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS It is really hard to list all the people who sincerely helped me during the past five years and I owe my gratitude to all of them who have made this dissertation possible. Because of them, my graduate experience has been one I will cherish forever. First of all, I would especially like to thank my supervisor, Dr. Kirk S. Schanze, for his support, advice and encouragement. He guided me to investigate the amazing area of sensor applications of conducting polymers. He also taught me to think independently, helped me to overcome difficulties, assisted me with paper writing, and supported me to develop other skills beyond chemistry. I am fortunate to have such a great supervisor whose enthusiasm for science and kindness to people set the norm for me in my future career. My deepest gratitude also goes to all the former and current members in the Schanze research group for their help and friendship. When I first joined the group, Dr. Mauricio Pinto and Dr. Chunyan Tan taught me how to use the instruments and help me to learn about our polymers as soon as possible. Dr. Hui Jiang is a “photochemistry encyclopaedia” and whenever I had questions about my research, he is there with solutions. I am deeply grateful to him for the long discussions in the past three years that helped me to finish this dissertation. Dr. Kastu Ogawa has always been there to listen and give advice, especially with the first project. He also assisted me with writing my first paper. Dr. Xiaoyong Zhao discovered the wonderful pyrophosphate sensor, which provides the basis for my second and third projects. I am also thankful to him as well as Jarret Vella who took their time to synthesize the polymers for me so that I could finish my work. Dr. John Peak revised my oral report and presentation, and helped me a lot in scientific wring. Jonathan Sommer is a great labmate, his humor enabled me to be cheerful through tough research, and his friendship and encouragement has helped me to become more aclamated in a totally different country. I give my thanks to Dr. Kye-Young Kim, Julia
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5 Keller and Abigail Shelton for managing the orders for the group. Of course, I also want to thank many other group members, Emine Demir, Dr. Richard Farley, Lijuan Huang, Eunkyung Ji, Seoung-Ho Lee and Youngjun Li for their group work which makes my research much easier. I would like to extend my appreciation to Dr. Weihong Tan, one of my committee members, for his kindness in writing a recommendation letter for me. I am also thankful to other committee members, Dr. Charles Cao, Dr. Valeria Kleiman and Dr. Paul Holloway for their time and suggestions.
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