Date of Award

1-1-2009

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Sub-Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Richard D. Adams

Abstract

Tin is widely used as catalyst modifier to enhance the activity and selectivity of transition metal catalysts. Platinum group metal derived bimetallic (platinum group metal-tin) clusters are used as precursors to nanoscale catalysts which are proven to be more effective than their monometallic counterparts. Ruthenium is a platinum group metal that is known for its performance in catalytic hydrogenation/dehydrogenation reactions. Reacting ruthenium clusters with either HSnPh3 or H2SnPh2 yields a fairly large number of new bimetallic ruthenium-tin clusters that could be precursors to catalysts that are superior to those available at the moment.

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