ORCID Identifier(s)


Graduation Semester and Year

Spring 2024



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Rasika Dias

Second Advisor

Peter Kroll

Third Advisor

Robin Macaluso

Fourth Advisor

Joseph Buonomo


The coinage metals (group 11, copper, silver, and gold) have found widespread usage in the transformations of unsaturated hydrocarbons, including but not limited to: alkenes, alkynes, cycloalkenes, cycloalkynes, carbonyl groups, α,β-unsaturated carbonyls, etc. In homogeneous catalysis the complexes involved in these processes are typically supported by nitrogen and/or phosphorous ligand systems, such as pincers (tri-coordinate, meridional) and scorpionates (tri-coordinate, facial), with scorpionates coordinating through 2 or 3 N atoms being most prevalent.

Chapter 2 contains a review article, summarizing the syntheses and applications of structurally authenticated gold(I)-ethylene complexes. Chapter 3 discusses a systematic study of the coinage metal π-ligand complexes supported by bis(pyrazolyl)methanes using a combination of spectroscopic techniques in tandem with mass spectrometric methods. Chapter 4 describes the synthesis of new poly(pyridyl)borate ligands and their utilization in preparing coinage metal-ethylene complexes. Chapter 5 focuses on copper(I) complexes of heavier pnictogens using fluorinated poly(pyrazolyl)borates.


chemistry, organometallic, coinage metals, olefins, alkynes, pyrazole, pyridine, fluorine


Inorganic Chemistry


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