Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Chemistry and Biochemistry


Chemistry, Inorganic.




Reported herein are the syntheses and characterizations for a number of new families of compounds containing the main group metal indium in its relatively uncommon univalent oxidation state. Starting from the known half-sandwich compound Cp*In, (Cp* = pentamethylcyclopentadienyl) it is possible to effect a clean and facile cleavage of the organic ring from the metal with the addition of a non-oxidizing Bronstead acid. Once removal of the hydrocarbon by-product is accomplished, the metal is left in a binary salt with the conjugate base of the Bronstead acid used. This protonolysis approach is a versatile method allowing for easy selection of a wide variety of anions, although to date only a series of indium(I) sulfonate salts as well as the BF4 salt have been shown to be stable species through this synthesis. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2006 .A53. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 45-01, page: 0322. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2006.