Date of Award

Summer 1997

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Steinmetz, Mark G.

Second Advisor

McKinney, Michael A.

Third Advisor

Donaldson, William A.


The thesis focused on the photochemistry of locally excited and charge transfer states of (E)-4-cyano-4'-(heptamethyltrisilanyl)stilbene and involved the synthesis of the photochemical reactant and following experiments: preparative photolysis; isolation and identification of the photoproducts; deuterium labeling experiments for mechanistic information; fluorescence studies in different solvents and various concentrations of alcohols as quenchers; excited states lifetime determinations. Stern-Volmer type of correlation and solvatochromic plots were used for interpreting the results.