Nanoparticles for use in imaging, catalysis and phthalocyanine synthesis
Samsodien, Mogammad Luqmaan
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Nanoscience and nanotechnology are known to be interdisciplinary, crossing and combining various fields and disciplines in pursuit of desirable outcomes. This has brought about applications of nanoscience and nanotechnology in multitudes of industries, spanning from the health, pharmaceutical to industrial industry. Within the health industry, the medical field has seen much advancement through nanoscience and nanotechnology. The importance of finding cures to diseases is top priorities within the medical field, along with advancements in understanding and diagnosing diseases. Due to these outcomes, we see the emergence of imaging techniques playing a crucial role. The work covered in this thesis looks at a prospective luminescent agent applicable in the medical field for bio-imaging, but also at a possible phthalocyanine sensitizer for treatment of cancer through photodynamic therapy. Another area where nanoscience and nanotechnology are found is in industry, where nanoparticles are utilised as catalysts in many synthetic reactions. Highly desirable catalysts in industry are those involved in oxidative reactions where we explore a metal nanoparticle catalyst within this work.