Faculty Advisor

Connors, Robert E.

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2009

Major

Chemistry

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Advisor Program

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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