1. Self-Propelled Synthetic Particles— From Microscopic Randomness to Macroscopic Control. 2. Selective Heterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenation by Recyclable Poly(allylamine) Gel-Supported Palladium(0) Nanoparticles

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Hong, Yiying
Graduate Program:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Date of Defense:
February 23, 2010
Committee Members:
  • Ayusman Sen, Dissertation Advisor/Co-Advisor
  • Ayusman Sen, Committee Chair/Co-Chair
  • Thomas E Mallouk, Committee Member
  • Alan James Benesi, Committee Member
  • Darrell Velegol, Committee Member
  • micromotor
  • nanomotor
  • self-propulsion
  • phototaxis
  • diffusiophoresis
  • catalysis
  • titanium dioxide
The research included in this thesis focuses on the development of new micro/nano-motors, the indeterministic directing method, and photo-induced microfluidic phenomena, as described in Chapters 1 through 4. Chapter 5 presents a palladium-loaded hydrogel two-phase catalytic system for selective hydrogenation towards more polar organic compounds.