Chemistry major required and knowledge of basic organic chemistry is necessary, familiarity with inorganic chemistry is preferred but not essential.
Low-valent early-metal complexes are well-known for their ability to perform the reductive cleavage of strong chemical bonds, such as those found in N2 and CO. However, these compounds suffer from the major drawback of being challenging to synthesize and having chemistry that is difficult to control or predict. Our proposed research directly addresses these problems through the study of a kinetically stabilized Ti(II) synthon that models the structural and chemical behavior of coordinatively unsaturated low-valent early-metal complexes. Our Ti(II) synthon is readily synthesized on multigram scales and can be easily stored and handled..
Our target molecules are anticipated to be highly air and water sensitive. Thus, air-free synthetic methods, including Schlenk techniques and glovebox manipulations, will be employed. Isolated molecules will be fully characterized by spectroscopic techniques such as NMR and IR spectroscopies, amongst other analytical methods. Solid-state characterization will be conducted through XRD.