Synthesis and Reactivity of Carbon-Rich Metallacumulene Complexes

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The alkenylacetylide / allenylidene protonation equilibria is utilised to facilitate the formation of a range of functionalised allenylidene and carbon-rich materials. As a subset of the larger family of complexes termed ‘metallacumulenes’, allenylidenes and other cumulene derivatives have drawn attention for their favourable electronic, optical and synthetic properties.

Principally, we explore and expand the synthetic pathways for allenylidene generation from alkenylacetylide complexes, both chemically: through a series of electrophilic addition reactions; and electrochemically: through an oxidative coupling procedure.

Electronic structure analysis of these products is also performed, with a view to their future incorporation in molecular electronics and mixed-valence frameworks.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Low, Paul, Supervisor
  • Koutsantonis, George, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date17 May 2023
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022


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