B.S. in Chemistry, Lebanon Valley College, 1984
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1991
Oxidation of Amineruthenium(II) Complexes
The objective of this research is to examine the electrochemical properties of ruthenium(II) complexes containing primary and secondary amine ligands. Oxidation of such complexes typically leads to oxidative dehydrogenation of the amine, yielding an imine (or in some cases a nitrile). This reaction is believed to proceed via a ruthenium(IV) intermediate. Picolylamineruthenium complexes are being designed in which oxidative dehydrogenation should be difficult or impossible, thereby permitting the ruthenium(IV) intermediate to be studied in detail.
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