Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.Sc.

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Loeb, Stephen J.

Keywords

Pure sciences

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The coordination bond is very useful for supramolecular chemists because of its directionality and reversibility which lead to stable compounds. This thesis describes the synthesis and characterization of new right-angled benzimidazole-based pyridyl ligands and the resulting assemblies that are formed when these ligands were combined with a cis -protected platinum(II) complex. Chapter one gives a brief introduction about how coordination chemistry interfaces with supramolecular chemistry by utilizing coordination bonding in self-assemblies. Chapter two describes the preparation and characterization of new T-shaped bipyridine ligands with a benzimidazole core and the surprising folded tetramers resulted from the combination of these ligands with a well-known platinum(II) metal corner. Synthesis and characterization of another T-shaped tridentate pyridyl ligand built on the same benzimidazole framework is summarized in Chapter three. Reaction of this ligand with platinum(II) cis-protected complex resulted in a novel octahedral M 6 L 4 cage. Chapter four provides conclusions and suggestions for future work.

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