Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation


Chemistry and Biochemistry



First Advisor

Hans-Conrad zur Loye


Metal-Organic Materials (MOMs) contain metal moieties and organic ligands that combine to form discrete (e.g. metal-organic polyhedra, spheres or nanoballs, metal-organic polygons) or polymeric structures with one-, two-, or three-dimensional periodicities that can exhibit a variety of properties resulting from the presence of the metal moieties and/or ligand connectors in the structure. To date, MOMs with a range of functional attributes have been prepared, including record-breaking porosity, catalytic properties, molecular magnetism, chemical separations and sensing ability, luminescence and NLO properties, multiferroic, ferroelectric, and switchable molecular dielectric properties. We are interested in synthesizing non-centrosymmetric MOM single crystals possessing one of the ten polar space groups required for non-linear optical properties (such as second harmonic generation) and ferroelectric applications.

This thesis is divided into two main parts: materials with optical properties, such as photoluminescence and materials for targeted applications such as second harmonic generation and ferroelectric properties. This thesis starts with an introduction describing material having centrosymmetric, non-polar space groups, single crystals structures and their photoluminescence properties. These crystals exhibit very interesting and rare structures as well as interesting photoluminescence properties.

Chapters 2-5 of this thesis focus on photoluminescent properties of new MOMs, and detail the exploratory research involving the comparatively rare bismuth, lead, and tin coordination polymers. Specifically, the formation of single white-light emitting phosphors based on the combination of bismuth or lead with pyridine-2,5-dicarboxylate is discussed (Chapter 2). The observation of a new Bi2O2 layer and a new Bi4O3 chain in bismuth terephthalate-based coordination polymers is presented in Chapter 3, while the formation of diverse structures of tin-based coordination polymer ranging from 1D supramolecular structures to true 3D coordination polymers is covered in Chapter 4. The observation of a new 2D Kagomé lattice and unique layered perovskite-type bismuth-based coordination polymers and their photoluminescence properties is the focus of Chapter 5.

In chapters 6 and 7, a successful approach to implement our novel hybrid strategy for synthesizing enantiomerically pure single crystals consisting of Second Order Jahn Teller (SOJT)-possessing main group metal cations, specifically bismuth and tin, and homochiral ligands or unsymmetric ligands is discussed. The new MOMs with polar space groups exhibit second harmonic generation and have potential for ferroelectric properties.