Synthesis, spectroscopic, and electrochemical properties of 3d metal and ruthenium complexes with phenolate and catecholate ligands SYNTHESIS, SPECTROSCOPIC, AND ELECTROCHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF 3d METAL AND RUTHENIUM COMPLEXES WITH PHENOLATE AND CATECHOLATE LIGANDS
Frank Lesh, Frank Donald, Lesh Dissertation
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY 2012 MAJOR: CHEMISTRY (Inorganic) Approved by: ______________________________ Advisor Date ______________________________ ______________________________ ______________________________ vi Sarmad for the longest time. Soon enough I realized that Sarmad is not actually that bad after all. Sarmad has always offered me great words of advice and was second author on my first published article for performing the
... ic studies. And then came along enough estrogen to infest our male-dominated lab forever! Rama "drama" Shanmugam is one of the most competitive and persistent people on the face of this planet. I witnessed the metamorphosis of a quiet and obedient little girl to a loud and defiant woman. She is tough. Rama has praised me, hated me, helped me, mentally tortured me, and defended me (sometimes all in the course of a single day). She is my older, little Indian sister I never had. I will remember Rama for introducing me to "radioactive" rice, for acting as her substitute Hanuman for the past five years, and for holding the reign of Langmuir-Blodgett Queen. She is appreciated for carrying out the surface experiments of the compounds in my second and third published articles. Dajena Tomco, Dakshika Wanniarachchi, and Lanka Wickramasinghe have dependably brightened the lab environment with their delightful smiles. I appreciate these ladies the most for putting up with the majority of my silly antics. Their cheerful, optimistic, upbeat, and positive nature always brought hope and encouragement. Debashis Basu is valued for his vibrant passion, enthusiasm, and interest. Watching them all grow is very pleasing. I would like to wish them, along with Ryan Thomas, all the best of luck! I would like to acknowledge all of the hard work, time, and effort of the individuals with whom I had collaborations. Prof. Mary T. Rodgers is acknowledged for the mass spectrometric data of some of our larger systems. Prof. John F. Endicott is vii thanked for sharing his vast knowledge and criticisms in our group meetings, and for his expertise in emission spectroscopy. Prof. H. Bernhard Schlegel is appreciated for overseeing the DFT calculations on numerous studies. Dr. Richard L. Lord played a huge role in computationally elucidating the intricate electrochemistry of our aminocatecholate systems. The completion of these projects relied heavily on his competence and insightful comments. His friendship, positive attitude, critical suggestions, and model conduct are gratefully acknowledged. Dr. Mary Jane Heeg is greatly appreciated for solving the X-ray crystallographic structures. Her meticulousness and punctuality was always a great help. Dr. Lew M. Hryhorczuk is acknowledged for performing the mass spectrometric analyses in a consistently prompt fashion. Most of the time, he was the determining factor of whether I was going to have a "good" or "bad" day! Lew and I have shared many great laughs and his company and wise words of advice will definitely be missed. I also want to thank Dr. Brian Shay for mass spectra analyses and Dr. Bashar Ksebati for NMR training. My heartfelt appreciation goes to Sharon Kelly for her kind words of advice, patience, and faith in times of desperate need. She is a grandmother to this department and has gone to great lengths for myself and many other people. Her true compassion for the success of students is an amazing trait. I must also acknowledge Melissa Barton for her superior organizational skills and assistance during the completion of this work.