Degree Granting Department
Zaworotko, Michael J.
Self-assembly, Supramolecular chemistry, Metal-organic supramolecular synthons, Topology, Nanoscaled secondary building units
This dissertation endeavors to delineate practical paradigms for crystal engineering based upon the understanding of supramolecular chemistry and self-assembly, i.e. the design and synthesis of novel functional crystalline materials. Two basic metal-organic building units, Zn(RCOâ)â(py)â and (Lâ)Mâ(RCOâ)â (M = Zn, Cu), as well as nano-scaled secondary building units (nSBUs) that are constructed from Cuâ(RCOâ)â are researched and discussed. Design strategies have been developed to propagate these metal-organic synthons into predictable coordination polymer networks. A series of crystal structures, as well as their syntheses and characterization, are presented. This work demonstrates that supramolecular structures can be designed from pre-selected molecular precursors with the consideration of chemical functionalities and geometrical arrangements.
The design strategy represents a practical paradigm for the construction of porous materials as well as interesting networks with special topologies. The modular nature of these metal-organic building units introduces a broad impact on the discovery of novel coordination compounds with potential useful properties.
Scholar Commons Citation
Lu, Jianjiang, "Crystal engineering of metal-carboxylate based coordination polymers" (2004). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.