Redox active molecules with molecular electronics and synthetic applications

Wiles, Alan Andrew (2013) Redox active molecules with molecular electronics and synthetic applications. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Redox active molecules are ubiquitous to nature and have properties that make them coveted targets for applications in areas of synthesis as well as for the development of materials. This thesis describes the synthesis and characterisation of several flavin donor-acceptor dyads designed around an oligothiophene donor backbone and a flavin acceptor moiety. These show potential applications as optoelectronic materials. It also describes the synthesis of a ferrocene-flavin tetracyanobutadiene super-acceptor compound which showed preliminary evidence of non-linear-optic effects. Finally, a novel method was developed to investigate the redox umpolung activated reactions of vinylferrocene. The vinyl group of vinylferrocene was activated by polarity inversion of ferrocene to ferrocenium and was able to undergo Diels-Alder cycloadditions with cyclobutadiene and furan, as well as, Markovnikov addition of thiols. These reactions were then used to explore the use of vinylferrocene as a redox auxiliary and as a redox active tag in polymers and have the potential to be used in nanoparticles as well as biological systems.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Supervisor's Name: Cooke, Prof. Graeme
Date of Award: 2013
Depositing User: Dr Alan Andrew Wiles
Unique ID: glathesis:2013-4878
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 14:30
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 11:12

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