Alex Oanta Rose Hills
The Synthesis and Reactivity of a Rhenium Dioxo Species
Metal-promoted reactions are frequently utilized in the syntheses of complex organic products that are vital to the pharmaceutical and petroleum industries. With the intention of discovering new, more efficient chemical pathways to otherwise inaccessible or costly organic chemicals, many inorganic chemists devote their careers to the synthesis and study of discrete molecular compounds centered on a well-defined metal ion. Previous reactivity studies on such molecular metal-based compounds support the conjecture that electronically saturating the valence orbitals of a metal with multiple ligands can enhance the reactivity of the electrons involved in the metal-ligand bonds. The goal of this project is to first synthesize a new example of a transition-metal dioxo complex and then investigate its reactivity with industrially-relevant small molecules. Drawing comparisons to previously investigated systems will allow conclusions to be drawn about fundamental organometallic electronic structure and will create new synthetic pathways to value-added chemicals.