Connors, Robert E.
Chemical and biological attacks pose a very concerning threat to armed service personnel and national security in general. One of the leading responses to this threat has been the development of "Self-detoxifying materials." This report documents the synthesis and preliminary testing of a novel singlet oxygen sensitizing and storing molecule. Pyridone linked zinc tetraphenylporphine has been synthesized via a Lindsey type pathway. Using H-NMR, it has been demonstrated that both pyridone linked zinc tetraphenylporphine as well as the free base pyridone linked tetraphenylporphine have the ability to reversibly sensitize and store singlet oxygen in the form of an endoperoxide repeatedly without being decomposed.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Chemistry and Biochemistry
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