Date of Award

Spring 2012

Document Type



Chemistry & Physics

First Advisor

Colin Thomas

Second Advisor

Ron Wilde

Third Advisor

Daniel Gretch


The reaction properties of various copper species toward nitrile activation to generate triazines are being examined. This study supports the conclusion that a copper (II) species does not provide nitrile activation without the presence of a free amine base. Experimentation with Cu(acac)2 through GC-MS has shown evidence of the formation of an amadine intermediate in the pathway to triazine formation. Further studies will be aimed at determining the functional tolerance of all components of this copper promoted, triazine-forming reaction.