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dc.contributor.authorBennett, Meganen_US
dc.description.abstractMolecular beam scattering experiments are used to investigate the extent of thermal accommodation of Ne, CD4, ND3, and D2O in collisions with long chain CH3, NH2, and OH terminated self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold. Surface rigidity, internal degrees of freedom of the impinging gas, and potential energy surface well depths have been explored as a way to predict the outcome of a gas-surface collision. Ne is used to assess the mechanical rigidity of the SAMs. The order of rigidity is CH3 < NH2 ~ OH. The NH2 and OH terminated SAMs are more rigid due to the intermolecular hydrogen bonding structure at the gas-surface interface. Despite the hydrogen bonding nature of the NH2 and OH terminated SAMs CD4, ND3, and D2O are extensively thermally accommodated on the surfaces, therefore surface rigidity is no solely responsible for energy transfer dynamics. It was found that the number of degrees of freedom do not predict how extensively a gas will thermally accommodate on a surface capable of hydrogen bonding. A qualitative correlation between increasing potential energy well depths and the extent of thermal accommodation has been established as a result of these scattering experiments.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectEnergy Transfer Dynamicsen_US
dc.subjectFunctionalized SAMsen_US
dc.subjectMolecular Beamen_US
dc.titleEnergy Transfer Dynamics in Collisions of Polar and Non-polar Gases with Functionalized Self-Assembled Monolayersen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMorris, John R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTroya, Diegoen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLong, Gary L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAnderson, Mark R.en_US

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