Emmert, Marion H
The breaking of a carbon – hydrogen bond, or C-H activation, is a very energetically intensive process, as the bond is almost entirely inert. Despite the difficulty of the process, understanding what drives efficient C-H activation can allow for the direct functionalization of aryl or alkyl C-H bonds. This project aimed to examine the C-H activation ability of various palladium catalysts by measuring their H/D exchange activity. H/D exchange is the exchange of a hydrogen atom for a deuterium atom on a hydrocarbon by breaking the original C-H bond. This project examined several trends in H/D exchange ability of palladium catalysts, including the effects of sterically bulky ligands, ligands with varying electronic character, and the effect of varying the temperature of reaction.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry