OXIDATION OF AROMATIC COMPOUNDS BY ELECTRON TRANSFER.
Final rept. 1 Oct 61-31 Dec 65,
TEXAS UNIV AUSTIN DEPT OF CHEMISTRY
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The work was concerned with a general survey of reactions of aromatic compounds involving oxidizing agents which are derivatives of metals in high valence states. An extensive qualitative survey suggested that many aromatic compounds undergo oxidation by such reagents, by mechanisms in which the key step is indeed an electron transfer. A number of these reactions lead to products different from those given by other oxidizing agents, and it seems likely that procedures of this kind may prove to be of value in synthesis. Apart from possible practical applications reactions of this kind may help to throw light on the nature of the electron transfer process. As a byproduct of this work, an inquiry was made into the role of metal coordination polymers as electron transfer agents and possible semiconductors. A number of such compounds were prepared and found to show semiconduction, their properties being at least as good as those of any previously described organic materials. They should function as one-dimensional semiconductors, unlike most conventional materials such as germanium or silicon.
- Organic Chemistry
- Solid State Physics