Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
Chemistry and Biochemistry
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.
Martin, C. R.(2022). Photophysics and Electronic Properties Of Photochromic Metal-Organic Frameworks. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/6759