Engineered artificial reaction-diffusion systems using self-assembled monolayers.

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Author / Creator:Roberts, Frank Grosch.
Description:116 p.
Format: E-Resource Dissertations
Local Note:School code: 0330.
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Other authors / contributors:University of Chicago.
Notes:Advisor: Milan Mrksich.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The University of Chicago, Division of the Physical Sciences, Department of Chemistry, 2011.
Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 73-04, Section: B, page: .
Summary:Despite significant progress over the last twenty years in understanding the principles that underpin reaction-diffusion (RD) systems, there are relatively few examples of engineered RD systems that can be used to study natural systems or provide new technologies. This thesis describes a RD system that uses self-assembled monolayers to localize a catalyst that converts a soluble substrate into a molecule that reacts with the monolayer. The reaction therefore starts with a uniform concentration of substrate and results in patterns of immobilized reactant. This system demonstrates the use of a localized catalyst to spatially control the delivery of a reactant into the RD system and offer new opportunities for engineering RD systems for applications.