Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Chemistry & Biochemistry

First Advisor

Wei Zhang

Second Advisor

Douglas Gin

Third Advisor

David Walba

Fourth Advisor

Won Park

Fifth Advisor

Hai Long


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?