Document Type


Date of Degree

Summer 2014

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In


First Advisor

Larsen, Sarah C.

First Committee Member

Gillan, Edward

Second Committee Member

Haes, Amanda

Third Committee Member

MacGillivray, Len

Fourth Committee Member

Nuxoll, Eric


Silica is one of the most abundant elements on the planet, has flexible bonding properties and generally excellent stability. Because of these properties, silica has been a vital component in technologies ranging from ancient glassware to modern supercomputers. Silica is able to form a wide range of materials both alone and as a component of larger material frameworks. Porous silica based nanomaterials are rapidly growing in importance because of their many applications in a wide variety of fields. This thesis focuses on the synthesis of silica based porous nanomaterials: nanocrystalline zeolites, mesoporous silica nanoparticles, and iron oxide core/shell nanocomposites. The synthetic conditions of these materials were varied in order to maximize efficiency, minimize environmental impact, and produce high quality material with far reaching potential applications. The materials were characterized by physicochemical techniques including Transmission Electron Microscopy, Dynamic Light Scattering, Powder X-Ray Diffraction, Solid State NMR, and Nitrogen Adsorption Isotherms. The materials were evaluated and conditions were controlled to produce high yields of quality nanomaterials and hypothesize methods for further synthetic control. The products will be used in studies involving nanoparticle toxicity, environmental remediation, and drug delivery.


Iron Oxide, Mesoporous Silica, Nanoparticles, Zeolite


xi, 90 pages


Includes bibliographical references (pages 80-90).


Copyright 2014 Paul Steven Mueller

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