The synthesis and structural characterisation of novel transition metal complexes of aromatic ligands

  • Fatimah Alqahtani

Student thesis: Phd


A series of first-row transition metal complexes incorporating seven classes of planar heterocyclic ligands based on 2,2ʹ-bipyridine (bipy) and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen), which have aromatic π-π interactions, are investigated. All the complexes obtained are determined and fully structurally characterized using single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods and compared with those of the corresponding analogues. The molecular conformations and inter-molecular interactions are studied in order to understand the behaviour of these molecules. In this study, we classify which of the novel metal complexes could be adsorbed on the surface of graphene (or graphite), so that they can move, interact and react, and possibly form catalytic complexes on a 2D surface.
Date of Award1 Aug 2018
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Manchester
SupervisorAlan Brisdon (Supervisor) & Robin Pritchard (Supervisor)


  • X-ray crystallography- Single crystal X-ray diffraction- Transition metal complexes

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