A joint project of the Graduate School, Peabody College, and the Jean & Alexander Heard Library

Title page for ETD etd-12012010-103752

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author McMillen, Catherine Heather
URN etd-12012010-103752
Title Synthesis and characterization of novel, metal-rich room temperature ionic liquids and computational modeling of 23Na NMR shifts of organometallic compounds
Degree Master of Science
Department Chemistry
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Timothy P. Hanusa Committee Chair
Charles M. Lukehart Committee Member
  • Allyl ligands
  • Thermal stability
  • Phosphonium
  • Imidazolium
  • Viscosity
  • Nickel
  • Ionic liquid
  • Sodium
  • Density functional theory calculations
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
Date of Defense 2010-12-01
Availability unrestricted

A series of room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) containing MX42- (where M = Co, Ni and X = Cl, I) as the counterion have been synthesized from alkyl imidazolium chlorides and the appropriate MX2 species. A secondary series of RITLs in which the imidazolium cation has been replaced by trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium chloride is also introduced. These salts are liquid at ambient temperatures (ca. 20 °C) and deep blue in color. The thermal behavior and decomposition products of these salts have been probed and provide new synthetic routes to nanoparticulate materials. Also presented is their entrapment in silica matrices to form ionogels and introductory probes into their electrochemical behavior.


Computational modeling was carried out on a variety of 23Na organometallic compounds. Geometry optimization was carried out with DFT calculations in the Gaussian

03W suite of programs. The gauge-including atomic orbital (GIAO) method was then used to calculate their 23Na NMR magnetic shielding values. It was determined that the chemical shift of unsubstituted Na(C3H5) was very sensitive to the presence of coordinated THF (20 ppm upfield shift). The addition of silyl groups to the allyl has an even larger effect (30 ppm). This is in contrast with NaCp, where coordinated THF causes only a 4 ppm upfield shift.

  Filename       Size       Approximate Download Time (Hours:Minutes:Seconds) 
 28.8 Modem   56K Modem   ISDN (64 Kb)   ISDN (128 Kb)   Higher-speed Access 
  McMillen.pdf 2.25 Mb 00:10:26 00:05:22 00:04:41 00:02:20 00:00:12

Browse All Available ETDs by ( Author | Department )

If you have more questions or technical problems, please Contact LITS.