Date Thesis Awarded

Spring 5-2011

Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)




Robert D. Pike

Committee Members

Gary Rice

John C. Poutsma

John D. Griffin


An investigation of the synthesis and luminescent properties of copper(I) cyanide metal-organic networks containing amine and imine ligands is reported. The development of an ambient temperature synthesis of these networks was explored, with products characterized through a variety of methods. These included Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), fluorimetry, and elemental analysis, among others. These analytical techniques showed neat, ambient temperature synthesis to be a practical alternative to heated reactions for producing more consistent products. Furthermore, the luminescent behavior of CuCN in response to exposure to either liquid or gaseous amines was characterized across several different solid state CuCN morphologies, including powder, compressed pellets, and CuCN impregnated polymer films. The luminescence observations were consistent across all platforms, suggesting that CuCN could serve as a viable foundation for a luminescent sensor of gaseous amines or other volatile organics.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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