Synthesis and characterization of new flavin systems with biomimetic and photovoltaic applications

Zainalabdeen, Nada Yilmaz (2012) Synthesis and characterization of new flavin systems with biomimetic and photovoltaic applications. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This thesis describes the incorporation of a flavin unit into a range of systems spanning photovoltaics and biomimetic self-assembly. The flavin unit is better known as a cofactor in a range of enzymes. However, the unique physical and self-assembly properties were exploited in this research programme to develop new systems with photovoltaic and biomimetic self-assembly applications.
In Chapter 1 a general introduction relating to flavins and photovoltaics is provided. In Chapter 2, the aim was to explore the effect of the addition of fullerene to a range of acceptors in the expectation of forming new acceptor materials with a wide range of LUMO energies. In Chapter 3, the aim was to investigate the effect of coupling a flavin unit to a naphthalenediimides (NDI) unit in the expectation of forming hybrid materials for solar energy conversion. Chapter 4 describes the formation of conjugated polymers featuring a flavin moiety, in the expectation that these materials will have photovoltaic properties. Chapter 5 describes the synthesis of push-pull flavin systems with pH dependent visisble light absorption characteristics. Finally Chapter 6 describes the synthesis of water soluble ammonium salts to furnish new micelle based systems with hydrogen bonding recognition properties.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: flavin, photovoltaic, electron acceptors.
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not known
Date of Award: 2012
Depositing User: Mrs Nada Zainalabdeen
Unique ID: glathesis:2012-3562
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 14:38

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