Date of Award

Fall 2010

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Ryan, Michael D.

Second Advisor

Fiedler, Adam

Third Advisor

Steinmetz, Mark G.


The vibrational spectra of iron(I) porphinone, and related species were studied in this work. The iron(I) complexes were synthesized by the sodium anthracenide reduction method. The extent of reduction was monitored by UV-visible spectroscopy. The products were precipitated with heptane. Efforts to obtain single crystals of the iron(I) complex were unsuccessful, but procedures for further work were developed.

The deuteration of the methylene protons was studied. These macrocycles of these complexes can be used for further studies by vibrational spectroscopy. The infrared and resonance Raman spectra of iron(I) porphinone in KBr were obtained and interpreted. Further studies using deuterated macrocycles and DFT calculations can be used to better understand the electronic structures of the formal iron(I) state.