Date of Award

8-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry

First Advisor

Carl LeBlond, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Justin Fair, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Jaeju Ko, Ph.D.

Abstract

The Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction is a popular industrial method of creating covalent bonds between two carbons. This reaction can be catalyzed by a myriad of palladium catalyst including heterogeneous and homogeneous. The objective of this research is to study whether the Suzuki cross coupling reaction catalyzed by solid supported palladium catalysts is truly heterogeneous in nature (i.e. does the reaction occurs on the surface of the catalyst or does palladium leach from the solid support and catalyze the reaction in a homogenous manner).

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