Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Catherine McCusker

Thesis Professor Department

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Thesis Reader(s)

Dane Scott


Bis(1,3,7,9-tetramethyl-5-mesityldipyrrinato)zinc(II) (ZnDPY) was synthesized in the lab by the McCusker group and a procedure was created to analyze its ability as a photosensitizer, a molecule that provides the energy for the reaction to occur by capturing light energy and turning it into a form that can be used by the photocatalyst. While more work is needed, preliminary steps have been made to create a process that can analyze the amount of carbon monoxide produced by a photocatalytic CO2 reduction reaction with ZnDPY as the photosensitizer. Progress has been made via the setup of a reaction apparatus, targeted gas chromatography (GC) peak separation, and GC calibration. More work will need to be done in order to determine the optimal reaction mix to showcase the sensitizer’s potential.


East Tennessee State University

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Honors Thesis - Open Access

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