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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Ph.D. in Chemistry


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Nathan Hammer

Second Advisor

Joseph R. Gladden

Third Advisor

Steven Davis

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The development of new materials capable of efficient charge transfer and energy storage has become increasingly important in many areas of modern chemical research. This is especially true for the development of emissive optoelectronic devices and in the field of solar to electric energy conversion. The characterization of the photophysical properties of new molecular systems for these applications has become critical in the design and development of these materials. Many molecular building blocks have been developed and understanding the properties of these molecules at a fundamental level is essential for their successful implementation and future engineering. This dissertation focuses on the characterization of some of these newly-developed molecular systems. The spectroscopic studies focus on the characterization of newly-developed molecules based on perylene and indolizine derivatives for solar to electric energy conversion, thienopyrazine derivatives for near infrared (NIR) emissive applications, an SCS pincer complex for blue emissive materials and a fluorescent probe for medical applications. The effects of noncovalent interactions are also investigated on these systems and a benchmark biological molecule trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO).



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