Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Open Access Thesis


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Dmitry V. Peryshkov


Neutral biscarborane dithiol and its anionic dithiolate form were successfully synthesized and structurally characterized. The C–C intracluster bond lengths were found to be responsive to the electron density on the cluster. Introduction of two thiol groups on biscarborane led to the significant increase of intracluster C–C bond lengths compared to those of unsubstituted biscarborane. Furthermore, the anionic dithiolate form had even longer C–C cluster bonds. This comparison shows electronic effect of substituents attached to carbon atoms of biscarborane on the strength of its C–C bonds. Additionally, a novel Ni complex was obtained using this dithiolate as a ligand. This complex was shown to use the redox-active biscarborane dithiolate ligand to store electrons.

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