Degree Granting Department
Michael J. Zaworotko, Ph.D.
Kyung Woon Jung, Ph.D.
Li-june Ming, Ph.D.
Julie P. Harmon, Ph.D.
Wenbin Lin, Ph.D.
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(RCO2)2(py)2 and (L2)M2(RCO2)4 (M = Zn, Cu), as well as nano-scaled secondary building units (nSBUs) that are constructed from Cu2(RCO2)4 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.