Date of Award

Spring 2010

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Chemistry & Physics

First Advisor

Colin Thomas

Second Advisor

Kelly Cline

Third Advisor

Daniel Gretch

Abstract

The reaction properties of copper acetylacetonate, Cu(acac)2, toward nitrile activation to generate triazine-containing species are being examined. Results indicate necessity of a nitrogen containing base for the reaction to result in the desired species. Studies are aimed at determining the role of the base and assessing the scope of tolerable nitriles. Copper dimer species containing triazine rings have been confirmed by x-ray crystallography

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