Publication Date

5-23-2013

Advisor(s)

Brian Northrop

Major

Chemistry

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Covalent organic frameworks represent a relatively new branch of chemistry in which highly ordered repeating crystalline structures can be designed and synthesized through purely organic compounds. These low density, highly porous structures display potential for many applications, including gas storage, fuel cells, and catalysis. Despite this great potential, however, development of functional applications of COFs has been limited due to the poor solubility of these compounds. By designing discrete, soluble analogues of these kinds of frameworks, we hope to develop a greater understanding of the dynamic assembly and structure-function relationships of these compounds through traditional analytical and characterization techniques.

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