Honors Program

Honors in Chemistry

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Cassandra Eagle

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Hua Mei, Deepanwita Dasgupta


Dirhodium complexes are effective catalysts in carbene transformations. These reactions involve chemistry between the catalyst and a carbene generated in situ. In order to better understand the rhodium-carbon bond, studies of rhodium acetate, Rh2(OAc)4, and a variety of functionalized benzonitriles were proposed. Diadducts of rhodium acetate with 4-nitrobenzonitrile, 4-aminobenzonitrile, 4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile, and 3,5-dinitrobenzonitrile were successfully prepared and characterized by X-ray crystallography. IR and NMR spectroscopy were also employed for characterization purposes.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Withheld

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