Year of Publication

2006

Document Type

Dissertation

College

Pharmacy

Department

Pharmaceutical Sciences

First Advisor

Robert A. Lodder

Abstract

The research contained in the following dissertation spans a diverse range of scientific scholarship, including; chemometrics for integrated sensing and processing (ISP), near infrared and acoustic resonance spectrometry for analyte quantification and classification, and an ISP acoustic sensor as an alternative to conventional acoustic spectrometry. These topics may at first seem disjointed; however, closer inspection reveals that chemometrics, spectrometry, and sensors taken together form the umbrella under which applied spectrometry and analytical chemistry fall. The inclusion of each of these three serves to paint the complete portrait of the role of applied spectrometry for the advancement of process analytical technology. To illustrate the totality of this portrait, this research seeks to introduce and substantiate three key claims. (1) When applicable, optical spectrometry and acoustic spectrometry are preferred alternatives to slower and more invasive methods of analysis. (2) Chemometrics can be implemented directly into the physical design of spectrometers, thus sparing the need for computationally demanding post-collection multivariate analyses. (3) Using this principle, ISP sensors can be developed specifically for use in highly applied situations, making possible automatic analyte quantification or classification without the computational burden and extensive data analysis typically associated with conventional spectrometry. More concisely, these three claims can be stated as follows: spectrometry has a broad range of uses, chemometrics for ISP makes spectrometry more efficient, and for all analytical problems with a spectrometric solution, an ISP sensor, specifically tailored to the needs of the experiment, can more effectively solve the same analytical problem.

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