Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Natalia B. Shustova


The modularity of multivariant scaffolds such as covalent–organic frameworks (COFs) provides an unprecedented level of control in the alignment of donor (D) and acceptor (A) units, a demand that is driven by the production of optoelectronic, photonic, and spintronic devices. The foray into novel motifs bearing D-A ensembles in frameworks has been applied towards material property modulation for device performance enhancement. This dissertation presents an emerging trend in the development of D-A interfaces by highlighting recent advances probing D-A interactions in porous crystalline matrices and co-crystals, with a focus on energy transfer (ET) and charge transfer (CT) processes in pre-designed pathways. The work presented within the following five chapters is focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of corannulene- and fullerenecontaining materials. Overall, this work comprises a burgeoning field in which D-A materials are not only synthetic triumphs but are also valuable contributions to the revolution of the technological sector.


© 2022, Gabrielle A. Leith

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