Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Shape-persistent 3-D covalent organic polyhedrons (COPs) with well-defined intrinsic cavities have been well studied in materials chemistry due to their applications in host-guest chemistry, chemical sensing and gas adsorption and separation. However, the use of 3-D COPs as endo-templates for the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles has not been intensely explored. The purpose of the work described within this thesis is to answer the following questions: Can discrete, purely organic hollow molecular structures be designed in such a way as to facilitate the size-controlled synthesis of metallic nanoparticles? What are the applications of such organic-inorganic hybrid structures? Is it feasible for such structures to be used as the basic repeat units for further chemical assembling into more complex architectures?
McCaffrey, Ryan, "Organic Molecular Cages as Templates for the Synthesis of Metallic Nanoparticles: from Stabilization to Application and Assembly" (2016). Chemistry & Biochemistry Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 195.