Date of Award
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director of Thesis
Natalia B. Shustova, Ph.D.
Gabrielle Leith, Ph.D. Candidate
This research focuses on the development of lightweight, thermostable dual-function materials for secondary radiation protection and sensing by the integration of hydrogen-rich aliphatic chains inside the porous matrix of covalent-organic frameworks (COFs). The main aims of this project are the synthesis of organic linkers for forming a robust porous COF, synthesizing the porous COF through a condensation reaction, the development of hydrogen-rich aliphatic chains, and integration of aliphatic chains into COFs through click chemistry. This manuscript outlines the methodology and development of a novel self-assembled crystalline, porous material engineered to combine the functions of a shield and sensitive dosimeter. The reported hydrogen-rich materials are the first examples of COFs displaying stability in a wide range of pH (1–12), low-density, and thermal stability for advancing the space suit technology.
Francis, Megan J., "Developing Covalent-Organic Frameworks for Protecting Against Radiation" (2021). Senior Theses. 483.