Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)




William R. McNamara

Committee Members

Robert J. Hinkle

Douglas D. Young

Michael F. Leruth


The need to develop a renewable technology that is capable of generating and storing the sun's tremendous amounts of energy is imperative as we face a future wherein our current energy stores are projected to diminish. A photochemical water-splitting process which enables solar-converted energy to be stored within chemical bonds in a fashion similar to that of photosynthetic organisms, the principal of Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) serves as a hopeful model on which to base the assembly of such a system. The ultimate component of a fully assembled AP system is the photocatalyst which enables the conversion of protons to hydrogen, a renewable, carbon-free fuel that has the potential to transform the current energy landscape into one that relies primarily on the burning of clean fuels. A series of Fe (III) complexes that are active for photocatalytic hydrogen generation have been previously reported by our group, however such developments provide a basis for improvement. Herein is reported the synthesis of an iron catalyst bound to ligands with anchoring functional groups that are further from the metallo-center than those explored previously. Future studies will enable the determination of the effect of this distance on the catalytic electron transfer reaction previously confirmed by our group and others.

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