Date of Award

5-1-2014

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Scott, Colleen

Abstract

The focus of this dissertation is in the development and application of responsive polymer nanobrushes. Mainly, preparation of the polymer nanobrushes will center on the development of so called mixed polymer brushes composed of the ionic and neutral monomers. Such mixed polymer brushes have a range of applications and uses, and their development will be evaluated in terms of the environmental stimuli response. Once an essential insight of the brush behavior is gained, application will be evaluated in terms of the protein fractionation prior to analysis by Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectroscopy - MALDI-MS.

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