• Characterization of optical transduction-based molecular systems and nanoparticles for the development of chemical sensors
  • Caratterizzazione di sistemi molecolari e nanoparticelle a trasduzione ottica per lo sviluppo di sensori chimici
  • Sgarzi, Massimo <1984>


  • CHIM/03 Chimica generale e inorganica


  • With the increasing importance that nanotechnologies have in everyday life, it is not difficult to realize that also a single molecule, if properly designed, can be a device able to perform useful functions: such a chemical species is called chemosensor, that is a molecule of abiotic origin that signals the presence of matter or energy. Signal transduction is the mechanism by which an interaction of a sensor with an analyte yields a measurable form of energy. When dealing with the design of a chemosensor, we need to take into account a “communication requirement” between its three component: the receptor unit, responsible for the selective analyte binding, the spacer, which controls the geometry of the system and modulates the electronic interaction between the receptor and the signalling unit, whose physico-chemical properties change upon complexation. A luminescent chemosensor communicates a variation of the physico-chemical properties of the receptor unit with a luminescence output signal. This thesis work consists in the characterization of new molecular and nanoparticle-based system which can be used as sensitive materials for the construction of new optical transduction devices able to provide information about the concentration of analytes in solution. In particular two direction were taken. The first is to continue in the development of new chemosensors, that is the first step for the construction of reliable and efficient devices, and in particular the work will be focused on chemosensors for metal ions for biomedical and environmental applications. The second is to study more efficient and complex organized systems, such as derivatized silica nanoparticles. These system can potentially have higher sensitivity than molecular systems, and present many advantages, like the possibility to be ratiometric, higher Stokes shifts and lower signal-to-noise ratio.


  • 2014-04-11


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Sgarzi, Massimo (2014) Caratterizzazione di sistemi molecolari e nanoparticelle a trasduzione ottica per lo sviluppo di sensori chimici, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Chimica , 26 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/6314.