Engaged Learning Collection

Contributor(s)

Dr. David Son

Publication Date

Fall 11-23-2014

Abstract

The intention of this experiment is to show the creation of multifunctional thiols from the reaction between various hydrochlorosilanes and mercaptoethanol in an attempt to utilize their distinct properties for practical applications. Multifunctional thiols have many useful applications including use in high-refractive-index lenses, 1 heavy metal chelation, 2 and degradable plastics3. Previous work, 5 in our lab has explored a class of reactions key to the synthesis of these compounds: the reaction between methylated chlorosilanes with mercaptoalcohols. We extended this reaction to include hydrogenated chlorosilanes. This allows us to produce multifunctional thiols with an additional functionalizable position at the hydrogen, allowing for greater flexibility in regards to practical applications. This functionalizable position allows the substituted chlorosilanes to undergo further reactivity with the possibility of forming more complex polymers and other important molecules with more widespread applications. The seemingly simple addition of the hydrogen to the chlorosilane led to unexpected results that differed significantly from those found with the reactions of the previously shown methylchlorosilanes.

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Engaged Learning 2014

Disciplines

Chemistry

Extent

17 pages

Format

.pdf

Rights

The files in this collection are protected by copyright law. No commercial reproduction or distribution of these files is permitted without the written permission of Southern Methodist University, Cox Business School. These files may be freely used for educational purposes, provided they are not altered in any way, and Southern Methodist University is cited. For more information, contact ncds@smu.edu.

Language

English

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Chemistry Commons

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