Graham R. Matheson

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Spring 5-13-2015

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Mark Juhasz


Boron and carborane clusters are promising starting materials for a variety of applications such as weakly coordinating anions, superacidic catalysts and medical imaging agents. Heavily iodinated cages are excellent candidates for X-ray! contrast agents because of their low toxicity, metabolic inactivity and high molecular weight ratio of iodine. However, functionalization of these cages has significant synthetic challenges because of their relatively low-reactivity. Known protocols for synthesis of these molecules requires heating for up to 3 days the use of expensive, caustic reagents. In this work, CB11I6H6 (-) , CHB11I11 (-) and B12I12 (2-) were all prepared in a microwave irradiation (MWI) reactor with improved yields, shorter times of reaction, and less hazardous reaction conditions. Hexabromination of CB11H12 (-1) and the attempted conjugate acid synthesis of CB11H6I6 (-1) are reported as well. This thesis discusses the natural history of the element boron, reviewing its cosmic origins, historical and modern applications and interesting chemical properties. Special attention is paid to the synthesis and characterization of heavily iodinated cluster compounds

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Chemical process - Iodination, Analytic chemistry -- Cluster compounds, Group 13 elements - Boron, Nonmetals -- Boron, Boron -- Research, Geochemistry, Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2015 -- Chemistry Department

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