An Investigation into the Synthesis and Tunability of Copper (I) Compounds

  • Author / Creator
    Glover, Lydia A M
  • The bis(diphenyltrimethylsilyliminophosphorano)methanediide ligand has shown exemplary reactivity in forming a variety of useful pincer, chelate, monomeric and bimetallic bridged metal complexes. The methanediide ligand reactivity varies greatly with regard to many factors including the choice and quantity of metal precursor. Research has recently demonstrated the formation of novel boat-shaped hexacopper clusters, with alkyl, halide and oxide bridges, and an anionic tri-lithiated complex with a copper (I) dichloride counter-cation. In addition to the novelty of forming various copper compounds is the necessity for exploration of their usefulness as materials specifically, exploitation of their luminescent and catalytic properties. The hexacopper clusters of concern in this study all exhibit photoluminescence in the visible spectral region whose maximum wavelength depends on the capping ligand. A detailed discussion of the reactivity exhibited by the bis(diphenyltrimethylsilyliminophosphorano)methanediide ligand with specific focus on the synthesis of a series of copper complexes and their notable luminescent, reduction-oxidation and electronic properties will be presented.

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    Fall 2012
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    Master of Science
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