Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Natalia B. Shustova


Modulation of materials properties through light-based illumination has the capability to expand the technology sector due to stimuli-responsive dynamic behavior that cannot be achieved in traditional materials. For example, reversibly tuning photophysical profiles of such materials allows for switching between discrete states that is a key aspect for the developing logic gates, spatially- and temporally-resolved sensors, and on-demand drug delivery systems. My efforts have focused on employment of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as a versatile platform for the material development which contain photochromic moieties allowing for tailoring their electronic properties. Our group has expanded this direction to include heterometallic and actinide-containing metal nodes due to our recent findings on the electronic properties of actinide-containing MOFs. By combining heterometallic actinide-containing MOFs and photochromic molecules, we were able to develop a stepwise approach for tuning the electronic properties of MOFs through both "static" (i.e., irreversible modifications) and "dynamic" (i.e., reversible modifications) approaches. Overall, this work encompasses a growing field for tunable materials that will be a valuable addition to the ever-expanding technological landscape.


© 2022, Corey R. Martin

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