Event Title

Multi-Step Synthesis of a Supramolecular Host Molecule for Polyoxometalate Guests

Graduation Year

2015

Location

Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

18-4-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

18-4-2015 10:00 AM

Description

Supramolecular chemistry concerns intermolecular forces between chemical species in multi-component systems rather than bonding within individual molecules. One important subfield of supramolecular chemistry is anion recognition. Whereas the host-guest chemisty of common anions has been widely studied, the host guest chemisty of polyoxoanions is a relatively new field. This work involves the development of azamacrocyclic host molecules that can wrap around polyoxometalate guests. Through multi-step synthesis, triazacyclononane (TACN) has been prepared and two TACN units have been connected using a polymethylene strap. Both nucleophilic acyl substitution to a to a diacid chloride and nucleophilic substitution to a dialkyl halide have been employed in assembling the "earmuff" structures. Further research will involve varrying the length of the polymethylene strap and studying interactions between the newly synthesized "earmuff" hosts and polyoxometalate guests.

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Multi-Step Synthesis of a Supramolecular Host Molecule for Polyoxometalate Guests

Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Supramolecular chemistry concerns intermolecular forces between chemical species in multi-component systems rather than bonding within individual molecules. One important subfield of supramolecular chemistry is anion recognition. Whereas the host-guest chemisty of common anions has been widely studied, the host guest chemisty of polyoxoanions is a relatively new field. This work involves the development of azamacrocyclic host molecules that can wrap around polyoxometalate guests. Through multi-step synthesis, triazacyclononane (TACN) has been prepared and two TACN units have been connected using a polymethylene strap. Both nucleophilic acyl substitution to a to a diacid chloride and nucleophilic substitution to a dialkyl halide have been employed in assembling the "earmuff" structures. Further research will involve varrying the length of the polymethylene strap and studying interactions between the newly synthesized "earmuff" hosts and polyoxometalate guests.