Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry (PhD)

Degree Level



Chemistry & Biochemistry


Neil T. Allison

Committee Member

Bill Durham

Second Committee Member

Robert E. Gawley

Third Committee Member

Matthias C. McIntosh


Pure sciences, Bromosilanes, Carbenes, Ligands, Palladium catalysis, Quinone methide


In part I, we wish to report our approaches toward transition metal complexed ortho-quinone methide analogs. ortho-Quinone Methides are a class of highly reactive compounds with a wide range of chemical and biological applications. Previously, a stable iron complexed benzannulated 5-membered ring quinone methide analog was reported by Allison and Neal27. Herein, we report our approaches to improve the reactivity of that system by removing benzannulation as well as changing the metal from iron to manganese and rhenium.

Furthermore, a methodological study on generating carbenes under mild conditions by elimination of α-halosilanes and its application towards metal complexed quinone methide analogs will be included.

In part II, we report our attempts toward steric and electronic control of palladium-catalyzed cross coupling reactions by means of 7-membered ring carbene ligands. Cycloheptatrienylidene has recently emerged as an efficient catalyst ligand for both C-C and C-N bond forming reactions.56 Our efforts will focus on fine-tuning both the electronic environment of the metal center by benzannulation of the cycloheptatrienylidene ligand and the steric environment by addition of substituents to the ligand.