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Metal Clusters and DAFS: A Comprehensive Analysis of Electronic Structure and Reactivity

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posted on 2024-05-01, 00:00 authored by Pinar Damla Alayoglu
In nature, small molecule activations are executed by multinuclear transition metal clusters embedded within the protein superstructures of enzymes. The close positioning of the metal centers enables them to collaborate in substrate binding and facilitate multielectron redox processes. To gain a more profound understanding of the fundamental relationships between structure and properties governing the behavior of individual metal atoms within clusters, obtaining metal site-specific information becomes crucial. One emerging method to achieve this knowledge is resonant diffraction anomalous fine structure (DAFS), which allows for the investigation of homometallic clusters on a metal site-specific basis. The focus of this thesis is DAFS analysis on synthetic multi-Cu clusters, which are significant to biomimetic enzymatic sites or to be used in significant chemical transformations such as N2O and CO2 reduction.

History

Advisor

Neal Mankad

Department

Chemistry

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois Chicago

Degree Level

  • Doctoral

Degree name

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

Committee Member

Ksenija D. Glusac Jordi Cabana-Jimenez Andy I. Nguyen, Chemistry Yu-Sheng Chen

Thesis type

application/pdf

Language

  • en

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