Doctoral Dissertations


Mousumi Bose

Keywords and Phrases

Biomedical applications; Environmental monitoring; Optical oxygen sensor; Polymers; Polyurethane foam; Structural applications


"Polymers are versatile materials utilized for variety of applications. In biomedical field, luminescence quenching based optical oxygen sensors encapsulated in polymeric substances are gaining attention for early detection of surface wounds associated with tissue oxygen. A simple and low-cost fabrication technique was developed to produce sensor arrays for continuous two-dimensional oxygen tension measurement. Sensor patch along with smart phone-based readout technique is being evaluated as a smart bandage.

The environmental concerns and limited petroleum supply demand for replacing petroleum-based polymers with renewable bio-based sources while maintaining comparable properties. A sustainable and green approach was adopted to synthesize soy polyol-derived rigid polyurethane foam for structural and thermal insulation applications. The focus was to investigate the effect of different additives on synthesis of these foams and their mechanical and thermal properties. Its potential for use in structural insulated panel for energy-efficient and modular building construction is being evaluated.

The emission of hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is of great concern when the recycled materials such as rubber and motor oil are used as processing aids with asphalt pavement materials for road construction. To monitor the potential environmental risks, a portable gas chromatography (GC) was employed in the development of a rapid and sensitive detection method for on-site monitoring of toxic VOCs, such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX). The method was applied for on-line monitoring of BTEX gas emission during the hot-mix-asphalt processing with recycled materials"--Abstract, page iv.


Nam, Paul Ki-souk

Committee Member(s)

Shi, Honglan
Whitefield, Philip D.
Wang, Risheng
Chandrashekhara, K.



Degree Name

Ph. D. in Chemistry


This work was supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under Grant STTR 1R41NR018126-01 of the NIH.

Support for this research was provided by Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (Jefferson City, MO, USA) and US Department of Agriculture.

This work was supported by Nanova Environmental, Inc. (Columbia, MO, USA).


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2021

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Optical oxygen sensor patch printed with polystyrene microparticles-based ink on flexible substrate
  • Role of additives in fabrication of soy-based rigid polyurethane foam for structural and thermal insulation applications
  • A rapid and sensitive method for on-site real-time monitoring of airborne BTEX using a newly developed portable GC


xiv, 110 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references.


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Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

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Thesis Number

T 11829

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Chemistry Commons