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Synthesis and Structural Studies of Donor-Bridge-Acceptor Complexes Based on Co(III)(cyclam) Acetylides

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posted on 2019-08-12, 18:59 authored by Susannah Dawn Cox BanzigerSusannah Dawn Cox Banziger

Obtaining a greater understanding of photo-induced electron-transfer (PET) processes is key to synthesizing photovoltaic materials with enhanced efficiency. Gaining knowledge about the structure property relationship in photo-active donor-bridge-acceptor (D-B-A) dyads will help to optimize electronic and photoelectronic materials. Metal acetylide complexes have attracted increasing interest for their potential applications as building blocks for electronic and photoelectronic materials. Their unique υ(C≡C) (2000-2100 cm-1) allows for selective excitation, making them an appealing target for attenuating PET processes across a metal acetylide backbone. The following topics will be discussed: i.) an overview of M(cyclam′) alkynyl chemistry, where M = Cr, Fe, Co, or Ni, with a focus on reactivity and spectroscopy, ii.) selective synthesis of dissymmetric species, utilizing a CoIII(cyclam) (1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane) alkynyl bridge, iii) synthesis and characterization of metal alkynyl D-B-A dyads trans- [R'2N-4-C6H4C2-CoIII(cyclam)-Cn-NAPR]+ (n = 2 or 4), where the chromophore acceptor is NAPiPr (N-isopropyl-1,8-napthalimide) and the putative donor is -C6H4-4-NR'2 (R' = Me or Ph-4-OMe), iv.) design and synthesis of D-B-A derivatives, alter NAPR (R = mesityl, methyl, 1-ethylpropyl, 2-ethylhexyl, or octyl) to tune reactivity and crystallinity, v.) electronic and spectroscopic influence the bridging center on A, and vi.) effect of η2 coordination of MX2 (MX2 = CuCl2 or Ag(NO3)2) to the alkyne bridge on electron transfer.


Cagiantas Fellowship


Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy


  • Chemistry

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Dr. Tong Ren

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee co-chair

Dr. Suzanne Bart

Additional Committee Member 2

Dr. Libai Huang

Additional Committee Member 3

Dr. Corey Thompson

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