Date of Award

1-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

College/School

College of Science and Mathematics

Department/Program

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Mark A. Whitener

Committee Member

James Dyer

Committee Member

Henk Eshuis

Subject(s)

Chemistry, Metal complexes

Abstract

A quasiracemate is the cocrystallization of two similarly shaped but chemically distinct molecules of opposite handedness. There has been limited to no work regarding quasiracemates in the field of inorganic chemistry. The goal of this study was to prepare various metal based enantiomers, racemates, and quasiracemates using N-benzoylalanines with imidazole or N-methylimidazole as ligands bound to copper to form a metal complex. In this study, we developed a method to prepare substituted N-benzoylalanines and its copper complexes. We also prepared one co-crystal between two differently substituted N-benzoylalanines.

This work reports the successful synthesis and crystal structure analysis of an organic quasiracemate, (D-4-nitro-N-benzoylalanine)(L-4-methyl-N-benzoylalanine), an inorganic quasiracemate, bis(N-methylimidazole)(D-4-nitro-N-benzoylalanine)(L-4- methyl-N-benzoylalanine)copper(TT), and a racemate bis(N-methylimidazole)bis(D,L-4-nitro-N-benzoylalanine)copper(TT).

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