Date of Award

Summer 2003

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Rathore, Rajendra

Second Advisor

Haworth, Daniel T.

Third Advisor

Donaldson, William

Abstract

Design and synthesis of soluble nanometer-size macromolecules is receiving considerable attention owing to their importance as materials that can be used as molecular devices such as sensors, switches, molecular wires, ferromagnets, and other electronic and optoelectronic devices for practical applications in the emerging field of molecular electronics and nanotechnology. The ready availability ofhexaphenylbenzene and tetraphenylmethane cores and ease of modification of their vertices to incorporate suitable electro-active functionalities makes them attractive starting points (or platforms) for the construction of novel nanometer-sized molecules. The goal of this thesis is to develop hexaphenylbenzene and tetraphenylmethane derivatives which possess the physical and chemical properties desirable for different areas of nanotechnology

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