Date of Award

Spring 2007

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Rathore, Rajendra

Second Advisor

Gardinier, James

Third Advisor

Steinmetz, Mark G.


Among the various o- and "formula" complexes of silver cations with organic ligands, those derived from arene donors have the desired structural diversity for the construction of organometallic (solid-state) devices as electrical conductors, photoactive switches, chemical sensors, etc. This possibility stems in large part from the active synthetic interest in polycyclic hydrocarbons that bear two or more aromatic groups in interesting arrays, including diarylalkanes (-alkenes and -alkynes), cyclophanes, tryptycenes, triangulanes, deltaphanes, cylindrophanes, etc. The structural rigidity of the molecular frameworks of various macromolecular receptors for the exploration of metal ion-aromatic donor-acceptor complexes is highly sought after...



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