Summer Undergraduate Research Mentored Experience

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Dr. Skye Fortier

Department of Chemistry

Synthesis, Characterization, and Study of Molecular, Low-valent Early Metal complexes

Preferred major field of study or minimum required skills

Chemistry major required and knowledge of basic organic chemistry is necessary, familiarity with inorganic chemistry is preferred but not essential.

Scholarly significance/intellectual merit

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..

Research question(s)

  1. With our low-valent early metals, can we perform challenging chemical transformations?
  2. Can we use our system to mimic precious metal type, two-electron chemistry?

Methods/techniques/instruments to be learned/utilized

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.

Program Coordinator

Joseph Ramos - SURME Program Coordinator

Joseph "Joe" Ramos

Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives

(915) 747-6210