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Unformatted text preview: 1 CONJUGATED POLYELECTROLYTES BASED ON POLY(ARYLENE ETHYNYLENE): SYNTHESIS, SOLUTION PHOTOPHYSICS AND APPLICATIONS TO SENSORS AND SOLAR CELLS By XIAOYONG ZHAO 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 2007 2 2007 Xiaoyong Zhao 3 To my parents To my wife To my daughter 4 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS At this point of my academic career, there are many people I want to acknowledge. First, I would like to thank my advisor, Dr. Kirk Schanze. Without his support, advice and encouragement, my work at the University of Florida would not have been possible. I also want to acknowledge all the former and current members of Schanze group who have helped and contributed to my projects. Specifically, Dr. Mauricio Pinto taught me many tricks of polymer synthesis and characterization, which helped me pass the most difficult induction period when I started my training here as an organic chemist. Dr. Hui Jiang has been a wonderful co-worker and is always willing to teach and share his knowledge in photochemistry. Dr. Jeremiah Mwaura trained me how to fabricate solar cells and light emitting diodes. I also want to thank many other people, Dr. Xiaoming Zhao, Dr. Fengqi Guo, Dr. Thomas Cardolaccia, Emine Demir, Dr. Kye-Young Kim, Dr. John Peak, Youngjun Li, Eunkyung Ji, Johnathan Sommer for their willingness to share their success and mistakes in their experiments. I give my thanks to, Kye-Young Kim and Julia Keller for managing the orders for the group, Emine Demir and Yan Liu for organizing the group meetings. I would like to thank Dr. John Reynolds and Dr. William Dolbier for their great help in my career and my life. And my committee members, Dr. Ronald Castellano, Dr. Elliot Douglas and Dr. Valeria Kleiman are appreciated for their suggestions. I also thank Dr. Stephen Hagen for letting me use the CD spectrometer in his lab, giving me instructions and answering my questions. Finally, I am grateful to my family for their love and support. I would not be able to come this far without my parent, they have provided me the best conditions they can to let me continue my education. I want to thank my wife for her love and understanding. I also thank her family for taking care of our daughter in the past year. 5 TABLE OF CONTENTS page ACKNOWLEDGMENTS . .............................................................................................................. 4 LIST OF TABLES. .......................................................................................................................... 8 LIST OF FIGURES . ........................................................................................................................ 9 ABSTRACT. .................................................................................................................................. 15 CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION. ................................................................................................................. ....
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