The Functionalization and Reactivity of Germanium Clusters

Master's Thesis


Over the past century, Zintl ions have been studied in an effort to improve their synthesis and understand the differences in geometry and electronic structure. In the past ten years, research has begun to explore the functionalization and reactivity of the Ge9 cluster. The work herein furthers the understanding of Ge9 clusters, as well as provides new insights into the functionalization that the cluster undergoes. This work contains three sections: (i) functionalization of the Ge9 monomer cluster by various organic functional groups, (ii) potential synthesis of a tri-substituted cluster, and (iii) synthesis of cluster oligomers and studies of their functionalization and reactivity by mass spectrometry.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-07232009-124142

Author Paul Michael Schneeberger Jr.
Advisor Dr. Slavi C. Sevov
Contributor W. Robert Scheidt, Committee Member
Contributor Dr. Seth N. Brown, Committee Member
Contributor Dr. Slavi C. Sevov, Committee Chair
Contributor Dr. Kenneth Henderson, Committee Member
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Chemistry and Biochemistry
Degree Name MS
Defense Date
  • 2009-07-14

Submission Date 2009-07-23
  • United States of America

  • tri-substituted cluster

  • germanium

  • functionalization

  • cluster

  • oligomer

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility Public
Content License
  • All rights reserved

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