Date of Award

Summer 1963

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Haworth, Daniel T.

Second Advisor

Hoffman, Norman E.

Third Advisor

Surak, John G.

Abstract

The halogens and interhalogen compounds will act as Lewis acids when in the presence of an appropriately constituted solvent containing an unshared electron pair. The relative order of the acid strengths of the halogens has been determined on the basis of equilibrium constants and thermodynamic data. It was thought by the author that a more direct measurement of the strengths could be obtained from the adduct absorption shifts within the electronic spectra. Using this same principle, the relative order of basic strengths of a series of alcohols, ethers and aromatic compounds were determined. The formation of adducts has been extensively studied for the aromatic hydrocarbons, but the literature shows little research in the field of alcohol or ether-halogen complexes.

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