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Title: The SmartLab : experimental and environmental control and monitoring of the chemistry laboratory
Author: Wilson, Stephen
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 2487
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2011
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The work presented in this thesis focuses on acquisition of data such as environmental and experimental conditions and the control of experimental apparatus. A suite of software applications will be described which captures data from a standard data acquisition card, processes this and archives it in an appropriate repository. The software revolves around a central message broker, controlling the flow of messages between intercommunicating components. The automation section will focus on the control of many components of an experiment studying the air/liquid interface using the technique of second harmonic generation (SHG). Software will be described that can be used to controls actuators, laser sources and other hardware within the laboratory. This software will use the same message broker to send and receive messages relating to the devices they are controlling. These tools were used to run a number of SHG experiments studying the air/liquid interface of para-nitrophenol (PNP), benzo-15-crown-5 (B15C5) and 4'-nitrobenzo-15- crown-5 (NB15C5). The complete experimental process was automated and results made available through a web interface, allowing real-time monitoring and decision making of each experiment.
Supervisor: Frey, Jeremy Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QD Chemistry