Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)



First Advisor

Herbert H. Heinrick

Second Advisor

Donald J. Keegan


Organoboron compounds have long been known, the first being prepared by Frankland as early as 1862. No particular interest in these compounds was aroused, how ever, because of the difficulty and expense of their preparation as well as their extreme instability. From time to time further attempts at their preparation were made and a few reactions were ob­ served. With the rise of modern electronic theories of chemical combination, however, organoboron compounds were discov­ered to exhibit properties and undergo reactions which would substantiate these theories. Consequently, since 1936 possi­bly over a hundred of these compounds of many different types have been prepared. In November, 1939, in keeping with the rising interest in these compounds, Mr. Darwin Kaestner presented a paper before the graduate seminar of Marquette Uni­versity, covering some of the developments in the field of organoboron compounds with emphasis on the organoboron acids. In the search for an interesting and unusual thesis the author was referred to this paper by Dr. Clifford R. Haymaker and wishes to thank him for the initial suggestion of this field of work. The author also wishes to express his sincere thanks to Dr. Herbert Heinrich, the director of this thesis, for his interest and valuable assistance in guiding the work, and to Mr. Arthur J. Haug for his thoughtful cooperation especially in the photographic work on the thesis.


A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts of Marquette University, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science

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