Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

John C. Woolcook, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

John C. Ford, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Keith S. Kyler, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Charles H. Lake, Ph.D.


This thesis examines the synthesis and characterization of trans-dialkene platinum complexes with cycloalkenes. The first step was to synthesize trans-[PtCl2(η2-cot)2] (cot = cyclooctene) which have been previously reported in the literature to be sure we have mastered the techniques to prepare this unusual type of complex. Once this compound was synthesized we used a similar strategy to react 2 and 4 molar equivalents the Z-cyclohexene, Z-cycloheptene, E-cyclodecene, and E/Z-cyclododecene with Zeise’s dimer. We also reacted 2 and 4 molar equivalents of rigid ring-bridged cylcoalkenes such as bicylo[2.2.1]hept-2-ene, and bicylo[3.2.1]oct-2-ene with Zeise’s dimer. As a result of this research we successfully synthesized the trans-dialkene compound of E-cyclodecene and its Zeise’s dimer analogue. We also synthesized Zeise’s dimer analogues of E/Z-cyclododecene and bicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-ene which have not been previously reported in the literature.